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More Human Intelligence Comes With A Price
2011-12-08 06:45:18

When researchers asked why we are not more intelligent, given the adaptive evolutionary process, their conclusion was that problems would arise if we had too much intelligence. Thomas Hills of the University of Warwick and Ralph Hertwig of the University of Basel looked at a wide range of studies including drug studies of Ritalin patients, studies of people with autism, debilitating synaesthesia and neural disorders linked with enhanced brain growth. People with attention disorders take...

Supercomputer To Mimic Mollusc Shell
2011-11-30 04:35:32

One of the first tasks for Warwick´s new £1.3 million supercomputer is to use its monster megabytes to analyze the natural properties of the tiny mollusc shell. The humble mollusc shell is made up of only one mineral: calcium carbonate, yet the combination of that plus other enzymes and proteins give it remarkable properties in terms of strength while remaining incredibly light. By modeling the process of its construction on the computer, scientists from the University of...

2011-11-08 22:10:19

Researchers at the University of Warwick have shown that proper management of footrot could cut lameness from one in ten to one in fifty sheep. The research promises a sea change in tackling the endemic disease, which causes lameness in around 9 million ewes and lambs in Great Britain each year. The work is part of a £1.4 million Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)-funded project at the University of Warwick in collaboration with the University of...

2011-10-06 10:02:59

The latest results from an expedition to Mount Everest that looked at the body's response to low oxygen levels suggest that drugs or procedures that promote the body's production of a chemical compound called nitric oxide (NO) could improve the recovery of critically ill patients in intensive care. Oxygen is required by all larger organisms, including humans, to survive. Many critically ill patients suffer from a shortage of oxygen (a condition known as 'hypoxia'), which can be...

2011-09-29 14:29:14

Research from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick suggests the 19th Century ℠protestant work ethic´ could have given the economies of northern Europe a head start on their southern neighbors, and is still shaping popular northern European feeling that rankles against bailing out struggling southerners. Dr Sascha Becker, Deputy Director of CAGE at the University of Warwick, collated data to discover if Max Weber´s...

2011-09-13 07:00:00

Moab Cluster Manager Accelerates and Adapts Computing Environments for Diverse and Changing Needs of Research Teams at the University of Warwick and Regional Businesses Provo, UT (PRWEB) September 13, 2011 Adaptive Computing, the leading provider of self-optimizing, dynamic cloud solutions and HPC workload management systems, today announced that the University of Warwick in Coventry, England has chosen Moab Cluster Suite® to drive the organizationâs new high performance...

Mariner 5
2011-08-29 04:27:56

  Turbulence Doesn´t Go With The Flow Research led by astrophysicists at the University of Warwick has resolved a 40 year old problem with observations of turbulence in the solar wind first made by the probe Mariner Five. The research resolves an issue with what is by far the largest and most interesting natural turbulence lab accessible to researchers today. Our current understanding tells us that turbulence in the solar wind should not be affected by the speed and...

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2011-07-15 06:05:00

A University of Warwick physicist has produced a galaxy sized solution which explains one of the outstanding puzzles of particle physics, while leaving the door open to the related conundrum of why different amounts of matter and antimatter seem to have survived the birth of our Universe. Physicists would like a neat universe where the laws of physics are so universal that every particle and its antiparticle behave in the same way. However in recent years experimental observations of...

2011-06-28 21:06:41

New research by the University of Warwick and Humboldt University shows that the frequency of wars between states increased steadily from 1870 to 2001 by 2% a year on average. The research argues that conflict is being fed by economic growth and the proliferation of new borders. We may think the world enjoyed periods of relative freedom from war between the Cold War and 9/11 but the new research by Professor Mark Harrison from at the University of Warwick's the Centre for Competitive...

2011-06-20 19:55:06

New research from the University of Warwick and the IZA Institute in Bonn shows that 10% of middle-aged Europeans took antidepressants in 2010. The researchers looked in detail at the lives of a randomly selected sample of nearly 30,000 Europeans. The study covered 27 countries. Andrew Oswald, an economics professor at the University of Warwick, and co-author of the study, described the results as concerning, he said: "Antidepressants are a relatively new kind of commodity. We are only...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'