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Guineafowl May Spread, Not Stop, Fever-bearing Ticks
2012-11-30 13:15:48

University of Utah Turkey raises and releases thousands of non-native guineafowl to eat ticks that carry the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus. Yet research suggests guineafowl eat few ticks, but carry the parasites on their feathers, possibly spreading the disease they were meant to stop, says a Turkish biologist working at the University of Utah. "They are introducing a species that is not eating many ticks, based on studies of stomach content, and is carrying the ticks,...

2012-11-28 13:04:46

Men may share more genes with sisters' kids than with cheating wife's kids A University of Utah study produced new mathematical support for a theory that explains why men in some cultures often feed and care for their sisters' children: where extramarital sex is common and accepted, a man's genes are more likely to be passed on by their sister's kids than by their wife's kids. The theory previously was believed valid only if a man was likely to be the biological father of less than one...

How Bacteria Came To Live Inside Insects
2012-11-16 11:50:16

University of Utah Symbiotic microbes' origin discovered after man impales hand on branch Two years ago, a 71-year-old Indiana man impaled his hand on a branch after cutting down a dead crab apple tree, causing an infection that led University of Utah scientists to discover a new bacterium and solve a mystery about how bacteria came to live inside insects. Because the new bacterial strain is easy to grow in the laboratory and is related to Sodalis, a genus of bacteria that lives...

Intravaginal Ring Can Help Stop HIV Transmission
2012-10-17 08:08:41

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers have been delving into new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention technology. A joint effort by the University of Utah and CONRAD has resulted in the development of an intravaginal ring that can be utilized by women to stop the transmission of HIV through sex. Scientists believe that it is the first product that allows for the vaginal delivery of tenofovir in a long-lasting method. Scientists at the University...

Tribal Courts Can End War In Papua New Guinea
2012-09-28 11:47:50

Traditions stem gunfire after 4,800 die in Enga, Papua New Guinea Mostly isolated from outsiders until the 1950s, Papua New Guinea's Enga tribes fought with bows and arrows until 1990, when their young people and mercenary "Rambos" began using shotguns and semiautomatic rifles, igniting 20 years of warfare that killed 4,816 people. Wars diminished among some 110 Enga tribes when they tired of bloodshed and economic chaos. Clan and church leaders restored peace using traditional...

Cosmic Rays To Be Studied By University Of Utah
2012-09-26 12:06:39

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The University of Utah has plans to build a new observatory facility to study high energy cosmic rays, thanks to a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. These cosmic rays, which are 10 trillion times more energetic than particles emitted during a nuclear explosion, originate from violent cosmic events deep within the universe and hurtle their way towards Earth. The grant will allow a team of researchers to develop a new...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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