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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...

2013-01-29 04:23:10

TROY, Mich., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Altair, a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today announced the University of Nottingham, one of the United Kingdom's top 10 universities, has selected Altair's PBS Works suite to expand the capabilities of its campus-wide high-performance computing (HPC) service based on Minerva, the university's latest generation HPC cluster. Working in partnership with ClusterVision, Altair will provide PBS Professional,...

2013-01-09 08:29:50

SUNNYVALE, Calif., and LONDON, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasas, Inc., the leader in high performance parallel storage for technical computing applications and big data workloads, today announced that the UK's University of Nottingham has upgraded its high performance computing (HPC) center with Panasas ActiveStor 12 storage in a 240 terabyte deployment. The new cluster is used by numerous departments across the university, including computer science, pharmacy and engineering. "We are...

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...

2012-08-21 00:26:39

Scientists have discovered that a space inside a special type of carbon molecule can be used to imprison other smaller molecules such as hydrogen or water. The nano-meter sized cavity of the hollow spherical C60 Buckminsterfullerene – or bucky ball – effectively creates a 'nanolaboratory', allowing detailed study of the quantum mechanical principles that determine the motion of the caged molecule, including the mysterious wave-like behaviour that is a fundamental property of...

2012-07-19 01:11:40

Scientists at The University of Nottingham believe they´ve found a way of fighting obesity – with a pioneering technique which uses thermal imaging. This heat-seeking technology is being used to trace our reserves of brown fat – the body´s ℠good fat´ – which plays a key role in how quickly our body can burn calories as energy. This special tissue known as Brown Adipose Tissue, or brown fat, produces 300 times more heat than any other tissue in the...