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2011-06-17 05:00:00

According to new research, the flash from one of the biggest and brightest bangs ever recorded by astronomers is derived from a massive black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. The researchers found that the black hole appears to have ripped apart a star that wandered too close, which helped create a powerful beam of energy that crossed the 3.8 billion lights years to Earth. The astronomers reported in the journal Science in a paper entitled "An Extremely Luminous Panchromatic Outburst...

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2011-05-30 08:37:39

Research from the University of Warwick shows a trip to the zoo can boost your child's science and conservation education more than books or classroom teaching alone. In research conducted at ZSL London Zoo, more than 3,000 school children aged between seven and 14 were asked about their knowledge of animals, habitat and conservation and then tested again after their trip. The results show that 53% had a positive change in educational or conservation-related knowledge areas, personal concern...

2011-05-27 13:23:13

Scientists from the University of Warwick have discovered why a newly found form of cholesterol seems to be 'ultra-bad', leading to increased risk of heart disease. The discovery could lead to new treatments to prevent heart disease particularly in people with type 2 diabetes and the elderly. The research, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), found that 'ultrabad' cholesterol, called MGmin-low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is more common in people with type 2 diabetes and the...

2011-05-25 09:26:46

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found a unique feuding double white dwarf star system where each star appears to have been stripped down to just its helium. We know of just over 50 close double white dwarfs but this was only the second ever eclipsing close white dwarf pair to be found. The University of Warwick astronomers Steven Parsons and Professor Tom Marsh were able to use the fact that the stars eclipse each other when seen from Earth to make particularly detailed...

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2011-04-21 11:19:31

A greater risk of serious behavior problems later in life has been linked to infants who cry excessively, and who have problems sleeping and feeding, scientists reveal in a research that will be published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. Persistent crying, sleeping and/or feeding problems are known as regulatory problems. Researchers found that around 20% of all infants show some sign of these regulatory problems in their first year of life. This can disrupt the families and...

2011-04-18 17:36:05

An experiment by researchers at the University of Warwick has found the first real evidence that men tend to make black-or-white judgements when women are more prone to see shades of grey in choices and decisions. The research paper, entitled Sex Differences in Semantic Categorization, is about to be published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Authors Vickie Pasterski, Karolina Zwierzynska, and Zachary Estes are all from the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick. The...

2011-04-05 15:42:13

Research led by Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick has found that Metformin, a drug treatment used to treat diabetes and also women with Polycystic Ovary syndrome (PCOS), may potentially provide protection against endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer is the most common malignancy of the female genital tract and the fourth most common cancer in women in the UK and the US. Up to a third of PCOS women also have endometrial hyperplasia which, in turn predisposes these women to...

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2011-02-05 08:29:58

Physicists, led by a researcher at the University of Warwick, studying new images of clouds of material exploding from the Sun have spotted instabilities forming in that exploding cloud that are similar to those seen in clouds in Earth's atmosphere. These results could greatly assist physicists trying to understand and predict our Solar System's "weather". The researchers, led by of the Centre for Fusion Space and Astrophysics, at the University of Warwick's Department of Physics, made their...

2011-02-02 15:29:28

Selective schools closures has been considered as a means of reducing transmission between children and hence reducing the number of cases at the peak of an epidemic but new research led by researchers at the University of Warwick shows that limited school closures are ineffective and that only significant widespread school closures would have real effect on the spread of a epidemic and the strain placed on hospital intensive care units. Dr Thomas House from the University of Warwick's...

2011-01-31 15:33:13

The ability of some forms of plankton and bacteria to build an extra natural layer of nanoparticle-like armor has inspired chemists at the University of Warwick to devise a startlingly simple way to give drug bearing polymer vesicles (microscopic polymer based sacs of liquid) their own armored protection. The Warwick researchers have been able to decorate these hollow structures with a variety of nanoparticles opening a new strategy in the design of vehicles for drug release, for example by...


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reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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