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2008-11-12 12:26:29

Computers are getting smaller and smaller. And as hand-held devices "” from mobile phones and cameras to music players and laptops "” get more powerful, the race is on to develop memory formats that can satisfy the ever-growing demand for information storage on tiny formats. Researchers at The University of Nottingham are now exploring ways of exploiting the unique properties of carbon nanotubes to create a cheap and compact memory cell that uses little power and writes...

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2008-10-22 15:05:00

Speed eating may be a big contributing factor to the obesity epidemic, according to Japanese researchers. Researchers from Osaka University studied the eating habits of 3,000 people and found that speed eating could be enough to double a person's risk of being overweight. Their findings, reported in the British Medical Journal, show the importance of eating styles are to adding unwanted weight. For the study, Japanese volunteers aged 30 to 69 were asked about their eating habits. About...

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2008-10-17 12:37:21

Stunt pilots have raced against computer-generated opponents for the first time "” in a contest that combines the real and the 'virtual' at 250 miles per hour. Using technology developed, in part, by a University of Nottingham spin-out company, an air-race in the skies above Spain saw two stunt pilots battle it out with a 'virtual' plane which they watched on screens in their cockpits. The 'virtual' aircraft was piloted by a computer-gamer who never left the ground, but could likewise...

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2008-10-15 10:40:00

Displays of altruism or selflessness towards others can be sexually attractive in a mate. This is one of the findings of a study carried out by biologists and a psychologist at The University of Nottingham. In three studies of more than 1,000 people Dr Tim Phillips and his fellow researchers discovered that women place significantly greater importance on altruistic traits that anything else. Their findings have been published in the British Journal of Psychology. Dr Phillips said: ...

2008-09-22 21:00:26

In the past year, 32 per cent of headteachers appointed in secondary schools were women, down from over 40 per cent the year before, according to the 14th annual teacher recruitment survey.The survey, commissioned by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) looks at the state of the labour market for senior staff in schools in England and Wales.It found that of the 103 secondary schools who gave the gender of their new...

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2008-09-12 11:20:00

Ask a teacher to name the most irritating invention of recent years and they will often nominate the mobile phone. Exasperated by the distractions and problems they create, many headteachers have ordered that pupils must keep their phones switched off at school. Others have told pupils to leave them at home. However, education researchers at The University of Nottingham believe it is time that phone bans were reassessed "” because mobile phones can be a powerful learning aid, they say....

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2008-09-12 10:25:14

Experts at The University of Nottingham are to investigate the effect of nutrients on muscle maintenance in the hope of determining better ways of keeping up our strength as we get old. The researchers, based at the School of Graduate Entry Medicine and Health in Derby, want to know what sort of exercise we can take and what food we should eat to slow down the natural loss of skeletal muscle with ageing. The team from the Department of Clinical Physiology, which has over 20 years experience...

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2008-08-07 10:00:00

The Sunday roast on our dinner tables has the potential to be packed with bags more natural flavor, say scientists at The University of Nottingham. Professor Kin-Chow Chang, of the University's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, is leading a three-year study into two different muscle fiber types that play a huge part in the appearance, texture and taste of the meat that we eat. In the long-term, the results from studies like these could arm farmers with more information on which...

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2008-07-15 11:05:00

An international group of European and US scientists led by the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology at The University of Nottingham have uncovered a fascinating new insight into the unseen side of plant biology - the root. Although less visible than shoots, leaves and flowers, plant roots are critical to our lives. They provide the crops we eat with water, nutrients, a firm anchor and a place to store food. Roots are complex branching organs and show a wide variation in the way they grow...

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2008-07-15 10:45:00

Researchers at The University of Nottingham have shown an association between certain past diagnostic radiation procedures and an increased risk of young-onset prostate cancer "” a rare form of prostate cancer which affects about 10 per cent of all men diagnosed with the disease. The study, the first of its kind to report the relationship between low dose ionizing radiation from diagnostic procedures and the risk of prostate cancer, was funded by the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.