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2011-10-20 04:23:36

Astronomers discover how mysterious stars stay so young Mysterious “blue stragglers” are old stars that appear younger than they should be: they burn hot and blue. Several theories have attempted to explain why they don´t show their age, but, until now, scientists have lacked the crucial observations with which to test each hypothesis. Armed with such observational data, two astronomers from Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison report that a...

2011-10-10 07:00:00

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have identified a gene that may be responsible for determining an individual's susceptibility to both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as reported by DiabeticLive.com. Orlando, FL (PRWEB) October 10, 2011 Researchers Discover New Gene that Encodes for Diabetes Resistance: Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have identified a gene that may be responsible for determining an individual's susceptibility to both Type 1 and Type 2...

Wake-sleep Patterns Affect Brain Synapses During Adolescence
2011-10-10 04:39:10

An ongoing lack of sleep during adolescence could lead to more than dragging, foggy teens, a University of Wisconsin-Madison study suggests. Researchers have found that short-term sleep restriction in adolescent mice prevented the balanced growth and depletion of brain synapses, connections between nerve cells where communication occurs. "One possible implication of our study is that if you lose too much sleep during adolescence, especially chronically, there may be lasting consequences...

Diabetes Susceptibility Gene Found After Years Of Effort
2011-10-07 10:08:57

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin—Madison have discovered the specific gene that gives diabetes susceptibility to obese mice. The study, published in the journal PLoS Genetics, shows that the protein tomosyn-2 can act to modulate insulin secretion from the pancreas. The researchers focused on tomosyn-2 while searching for gene snippets contributing to diabetes susceptibility in obese animals. Alan Attie, a UW—Madison biochemistry professor and lead researcher...

2011-09-26 13:08:46

Corn split off from its closest relative teosinte, a wild Mexican grass, about 10,000 years ago thanks to the breeding efforts of early Mexican farmers. Today it's hard to tell that the two plants were ever close kin: Corn plants stand tall, on a single sturdy stalk, and produce a handful of large, kernel-filled ears. By contrast, teosinte is branchy and bushy, with scores of thumb-sized "ears," each containing only a dozen or so hard-shelled kernels. In seeking to better understand how...

Image 1 - New Raptor Species Announced
2011-09-20 11:01:42

  A graduate student from Montana State University is part of a team of researchers that revealed a new species of raptorial dinosaur to the public on Monday, the first definitive troodontid theropod discovered from the Late Cretaceous Period of North America in more than 75 years. MSU doctoral student Mike Knell, MSU paleontologist David Varricchio, three colleagues, and lead researcher Lindsay Zanno, from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the Field Museum of Natural...

2011-09-15 07:00:00

SurvivingMesothelioma.com reports that the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin has concluded that chrysotile asbestos has caused mesothelioma and a ban of asbestos is needed to stop mesothelioma. (PRWEB) September 15, 2011 SurvivingMesothelioma.com reports that the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin has concluded that chrysotile asbestos has caused mesothelioma and a ban of asbestos is needed to stop mesothelioma....

Authors Sue U.S. Universities for Copyright Infringement
2011-09-14 04:59:18

  Five American universities participating in a program to digitize books are being sued by authors in the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia, claiming that they have obtained unauthorized scans of millions of copyright-protected manuscripts, various media outlets reported Tuesday. Telegraph reporter Nick Allen reports that the lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan, claims that the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, the University of California, Indiana...

Critical Similarity Found Between Two Types Of Do-it-all Stem Cells
2011-09-12 07:37:12

  Ever since human induced pluripotent stem cells were first derived in 2007, scientists have wondered whether they were functionally equivalent to embryonic stem cells, which are sourced in early-stage embryos. Both cell types have the ability to differentiate into any cell in the body, but their origins — in embryonic and adult tissue — suggest that they are not identical. Although both cell types have great potential in basic biological research and in cell- and...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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