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Nitrogen Fixation System Could Eliminate The Need For Chemical Fertilizers
2013-07-26 05:01:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Plant scientists from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom have announced a revolutionary new system that allows plants to take nitrogen from the atmosphere and potentially eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers that can pollute the ecosystem where they are used. Plants must fix nitrogen and convert it to ammonia in order to survive and grow - however, only a few plants, such as peas and lentils, have the ability to...

2013-04-16 15:35:05

Playing simple games using words and pictures can help people to learn a new language with greater ease, researchers from The University of Nottingham have shown. Their study, published by the scientific journal PLOS ONE, revealed that using fun, informal ways of learning not only helped complete novices to acquire a new language but also made more traditional methods of language learning more effective. PhD student Marie-Josée Bisson of the University´s School of...

Autism Affects Social Mimicry Skills
2013-04-09 05:25:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While growing children typically copy all of their parents´ behavior, youngsters suffering from autism are more selective about which actions they mimic, according to a new study published in Monday´s edition of the journal Current Biology. Psychologists from the University of Nottingham in the UK have discovered that autistic children will omit any action that seems “silly” or unnecessary, focusing instead...

2013-03-13 18:01:25

The stick can work just as well as the carrot in improving our performance, a team of academics at The University of Nottingham has found. A study led by researchers from the University´s School of Psychology, published recently in the Journal of Neuroscience, has shown that punishment can act as a performance enhancer in a similar way to monetary reward. Dr Marios Philiastides, who led the work, said: “This work reveals important new information about how the brain functions...

Gene Discovered That Triples Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease
2012-11-15 15:08:47

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A group of researchers from 44 different institutions around the world, including scientists from the Mayo Clinic, the University of Toronto, and the University of Nottingham, recently discovered a gene that almost triples the risk of developing Alzheimer´s disease. The international group of scientists utilized the Nottingham ARUK DNA bank, one of the biggest collections of DNA pooled from Alzheimer´s patients....

2012-11-12 12:29:55

Child protection professionals are to be offered new guidance on how best to involve families in the case reviews that follow the death or serious injury of a child as a result of abuse or neglect. A report being launched today (Monday November 12) will reveal the results of a study led by experts at The University of Nottingham and commissioned by the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN). The research explored the personal experiences of...

2012-11-02 14:49:03

World-leading experts in Magnetic Resonance Imaging from The University of Nottingham´s Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre have made a key discovery which could give the medical world a new tool for the improved diagnosis and monitoring of neuro-degenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, reveals why images of the brain produced using the latest MRI techniques are so sensitive to the...

2012-09-11 12:40:01

Scientists at The University of Nottingham say adverse side-effects caused by the anti-parasitic drug quinine in the treatment of malaria could be controlled by what we eat. The research, carried out by Nottingham scientists on the University´s campuses in the UK and Malaysia, indicates that natural variation in our levels of the amino acid, tryptophan, has a marked bearing on how we respond to quinine treatment. It appears that the lower our levels of tryptophan the more likely it is...


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.