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2011-08-02 15:04:43

New research into how the bilingual brain processes two very different languages has revealed that bilinguals' native language directly influences their comprehension of their second language. The innovative study by researchers in The University of Nottingham's School of Psychology set out to explore whether Chinese-English bilinguals translate English words automatically into Chinese without being aware of this process. More than half of the world's population speaks more than one language...

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2011-06-29 12:45:00

Scientists said on Wednesday that they have discovered the most distant quasar to date, thriving at a time when the Universe was less than 800 million years old. The object is around 100 million years younger than the previously known most distant quasar.  Prior to its discovery, the most distant quasar was about 870 million years old.  The scientists said the newly discovered object was around when the Universe was about 770 million years old, which is only five percent of its...

2011-06-21 12:30:17

Scientists at The University of Nottingham have discovered a molecular mechanism which could bring about the development of new treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) "” a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. Dr Bruno Gran, a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Clinical Neurology in the School of Clinical Sciences, working in collaboration with Professor Paul Moynagh from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, has discovered a synthetic chemical...

2011-06-13 14:53:41

Offering Multiple Sclerosis sufferers emotional support through group therapy sessions could improve their quality of life and save the NHS almost £500 per patient, a study at The University of Nottingham has discovered. Researchers are now planning a larger multi-centre study into the issue to establish whether psychological therapy should be incorporated into the MS services currently provided by the NHS. The study, funded by the MS Society, was led by Professor Nadina Lincoln, of the...

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2011-06-03 14:06:53

A space flight by millions of microscopic worms could help us overcome the numerous threats posed to human health by space travel. The Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) have also given experts an insight into how to block muscle degradation in the sick and elderly. The worms "” from The University of Nottingham "” were flown into space onboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. They spent 11 days in orbit onboard the International Space Station more than 200 miles above the earth. Many...

2011-05-18 16:19:06

The genetic 'wiring' that helps a seed to decide on the perfect time to germinate has been revealed by scientists for the first time. Plant biologists at The University of Nottingham have also discovered that the same mechanism that controls germination is responsible for another important decision in the life cycle of plants "” when to start flowering. Their discovery throws light on the genetic mechanisms that plants use to detect and respond to vital environmental cues and could be a...

2011-05-04 00:00:28

Leading UK Research Institution Vastly Increases Virtual Machine Density with VKernel vOperations Suiteâ“ž¢ Andover, MA (PRWEB) May 02, 2011 VKernel, the number one provider of performance and capacity management products for virtualized data centers and cloud environments, announced today that The University of Nottingham, a leading UK research university, has deployed the VKernel vOperations Suite for VMware capacity management. Nottingham joins a number of...

2011-04-14 15:15:09

A serendipitous discovery by academics at The University of Nottingham has shown that a simple illusion can significantly reduce "” and in some cases even temporarily eradicate "” arthritic pain in the hand. By tricking the brain into believing that the painful part of the hand is being stretched or shrunk, the researchers were able to halve the pain felt by 85 per cent of sufferers they tested. The research could point to new technologies of the future which could assist patients...

2011-03-24 20:32:26

Children with Tourette syndrome could benefit from behavioural therapy to reduce their symptoms, according to a new brain imaging study. Researchers at The University of Nottingham discovered that the brains of children with Tourette syndrome (TS) develop in a unique way "” which could suggest new methods of treating the condition. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, found that many children with TS experience a 'reorganisation' of the brain structure in their teens, as...

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2011-03-13 08:20:44

New research shows that expectant mothers who are exposed to secondhand smoke may have an increased risk of having a child with birth defects or who is stillborn. The researchers, from the University of Nottingham, found that women who are passive smokers due to their proximity to someone who smoked increased their risk of stillbirth by 23 percent and of having a baby with defects by 13 percent. They looked at data from 19 previous studies from North America, South America, Asia and Europe....