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2009-09-01 10:59:59

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found what could be the signal of ideal wave "surfing" conditions for individual particles within the massive turbulent ocean of the solar wind.  The discovery could give a new insight into just how energy is dissipated in solar system sized plasmas such as the solar wind and could provide significant clues to scientists developing  fusion power which relies on plasmas.The research, led by Khurom Kiyanai and  Professor Sandra...

2009-07-28 13:04:57

Chemists and engineers at the University of Warwick have found that exposing particular mixtures of polymer particles and other materials to sudden freeze-drying can create a high-tech armored foam that could be used for a number of purposes, including a new range of low power room temperature gas sensors.Freeze-drying has been used to create structured foams before, the first such experiments being with rubber in the 1940s with the ice crystals formed throughout this process acting as...

2009-07-21 14:21:14

Researchers at the University of Warwick have recovered significant DNA information from a lost form of ancient barley that triumphed for over 3000 years seeing off: 5 changes in civilisation, water shortages and a much more popular form of barley that produces more grains. This discovery offers a real insight into the couture of ancient farming and could assist the development of new varieties of crops to face today's climate change challenges.The researchers, led by Dr Robin Allaby from the...

2009-07-01 10:23:17

Women who get less than the recommended eight hours sleep a night are at higher risk of heart disease and heart-related problems than men with the same sleeping patterns. Research by the University of Warwick and University College London has found that levels of inflammatory markers vary significantly with sleep duration in women, but not men. The study, published today (Weds) in the American journal SLEEP, found levels of Interleukin-6 (IL-6), a marker related to coronary heart disease,...

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2009-06-18 14:00:00

Drugmakers seeking to develop a vaccine for the H1N1 influenza by the fall season admit that even once a vaccine is prepared, there won't be enough to go around. Researchers from the University of Warwick may have the solution. Vaccinating children rather than adults could more efficiently control the H1N1 virus due to "herd immunity", researcher Matt Keeling and co-author Dr Thomas House report in the journal Epidemiology and Infection. "Our models suggest that the larger the household --...

2009-06-09 13:39:32

A synthetic DNA binding compound has proved surprisingly effective at binding to the DNA of bacteria and killing all the bacteria it touched within two minutes. The DNA binding properties of the compound were first discovered in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick by Professor Mike Hannon and Professor Alison Rodger (Professor Mike Hannon is now at the University of Birmingham). However the strength of its antibiotic powers have now made it a compound of high interest for...

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2009-06-01 07:38:13

While humans are still struggling to get rid of unwanted carbon it appears that the heavens are really rather good at it. New research by astrophysicists at the University of Warwick has discovered that a mystery stellar explosion recorded in 2006 may have marked the unusual death of an equally unusually carbon-rich star. The strange object known as SCP 06F6 was first noted in 2006 by supernovae researchers in the US taking images with the Hubble Space Telescope, seeing it appearing out of...

2009-05-11 16:20:50

Spending more time in the sunshine could help older people to reduce their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Exposure to sunlight stimulates vitamin D in the skin and older people are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency due to the natural aging process and changes in lifestyle. Researchers at the University of Warwick have shown vitamin D deficiency is significantly associated with metabolic syndrome, a combination of medical and metabolic disorders that increase the risk...

2009-04-15 14:59:00

Centerpiece of the agreement is the establishment of The Waters Centre for BioMedical Mass Spectrometry MILFORD, Mass., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) and the University of Warwick, Coventry and Warwickshire, England, today signed a collaborative research agreement intended to support the growth, development and adoption of novel mass spectrometry (MS) technologies, including Waters(R) SYNAPT High Definition MS(TM) (HDMS(TM)) system. This agreement paves the way for...

2009-04-10 07:56:02

New research by economics and psychology researchers at the University of Warwick has found that promotion on average produces 10% more mental strain and gives up to 20% less time to visit the Doctors.In a research paper entitled "Do People Become Healthier after Being Promoted" Chris Boyce and Professor Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick questioned why people with higher job status seem to have better health. A long-held assumption by researchers is that an improvement to a person's...