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Genetics Sat-Nav Tool Helps You Track Ancestry Even Farther
2014-05-01 09:48:42

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While previous genetic research efforts have been able to identify a person’s ancestral origins within around 430 miles, a new system devised at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom can zero in on a person’s origin down to a particular village or island. According to a new report in the journal Nature Communications, the Sheffield researchers were able to develop a system called Geographic Population Structure (GPS)...

What Is Adam's Rightful Place In Evolutionary History?
2014-01-23 07:52:48

University of Sheffield Our most common male ancestor walked the earth 209,000 years ago – earlier than scientists commonly thought - according to new research from the University of Sheffield. The pioneering study, conducted by Dr Eran Elhaik from the University of Sheffield and Dr Dan Graur from the University of Houston, also debunked the discovery of the Y chromosome that supposedly predated humanity. In the new research, published in the European Journal of Human Genetics, Dr...

Researchers Develop Building 'Belt' For Cheap, Quick Repair Of Earthquake Damage
2014-01-14 07:25:34

University of Sheffield [ Watch The Video: Earthquake Test Checks Out Building Vulnerability ] Four years after the January 2010 earthquake, 145,000 people still remain homeless in Haiti. A cheap and simple technology to repair earthquake damaged buildings – developed at the University of Sheffield – could help to reduce these delays by quickly making buildings safe and habitable. Recent tests showed that a damaged building repaired using the technique could withstand a major...

2013-12-18 13:31:32

It's the festive season, time for eating, drinking and being merry, and any thoughts of reaching goals like losing weight or keeping on top of finances go out of the window. And now a team of psychologists at the University of Sheffield have carried out new research which suggests that burying our head in the sand instead of trying to meet our targets this month is completely understandable - in fact we are motivated to do so. Dr Thomas Webb, from the University's Department of...

Ancient Syrians Chose Buying Local Instead Of Importing
2013-10-16 15:02:48

University of Sheffield An archaeologist at the University of Sheffield has found evidence that, contrary to a widely held theory, ancient Syrians made their stone tools locally instead of importing finished tools from Turkey. The discovery, newly published online in Journal of Archaeological Science, has implications for our understanding of how early cities developed in these regions and how the geographic origins of raw materials affect developing states. During the Early Bronze...

2013-10-15 12:56:38

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have discovered ground breaking clues as to how the pioneering heart drug ticagrelor might reduce the risk of dying following a heart attack, in comparison to previous standard treatments. The new findings, published in Platelets, show that ticagrelor may reduce the risk of dying as a result of a lung infection after suffering a heart attack compared to patients treated with the drug clopidogrel. The analysis, which was led by researchers from...

2013-07-22 13:22:05

-Only 40 per cent of women happy with fertility discussions with their doctor compared to 64 per cent of men -Sperm banking has been available for over 30 years -Egg freezing has only just become available Young female cancer patients are unhappy about the way fertility preservation options are discussed with them by doctors before starting cancer treatment, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Sheffield and The Children's Hospital, Sheffield. The pioneering...

2013-06-27 12:37:01

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have paved the way for new treatments for a common genetic disorder thanks to pioneering research on zebrafish — an animal capable of mending its own heart. Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT) is the most common genetic disorder affecting the nervous system. More than 20,000 people in the UK suffer from CMT, which typically causes progressive weakness and long-term pain in the feet, leading to walking difficulties. There is currently no cure...

2013-06-26 16:52:42

We constantly grow new skin and slough off the old. Until now, scientists have never agreed on exactly how this works, but new research from the University of Sheffield may provide the answer. Engineers and biologists at the University of Sheffield have shown how a recent theory-- that skin has 'sleeping' stem cells which can be woken up when required-- best explains how our skin constantly regrows. The research-- conducted in collaboration with The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G),...

2013-06-05 13:16:02

A cheaper, more efficient technique for developing complex protein drugs from bacteria has been developed at the University of Sheffield. Using the bacterium E. coli, researchers from the University's Faculty of Engineering showed it was possible to vastly increase the efficiency of the cells producing specifically modified proteins, as well as improve its performance and stability. The modification is present in over two-thirds of human therapeutic drugs on the market and involves the...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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