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2013-04-22 23:03:16

This Netherlands institution is focused on ensuring prospective students are in the right programme and poised for success upon graduation. Halifax, NS, Canada; Utrecht, the Netherlands (PRWEB) April 22, 2013 Azorus Inc. is very pleased to announce that the Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (HU) has chosen the company for its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution and is the first Azorus client in the Netherlands. The HU is one of the largest state-funded...

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2012-01-29 08:30:31

A team of researchers from a Dutch university have linked the olfactory sense with improved long-term memory -- a condition known as "the Proust phenomenon" in honor of the French author's novel "In Search of Lost Time." According to Telegraph Science Correspondent Nick Collins, Utrecht University researchers Marieke B. J. Toffolo, Monique A. M. Smeets, and Marcel A. van den Hout recruited 70 female students and had them watch video footage "designed to provoke aversion," including traffic...

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2011-06-04 15:35:00

What links speed, power, and the color red? Hint: it's not a sports car.It's your muscles.A new study, published in the latest issue of the journal Emotion, finds that when humans see red, their reactions become both faster and more forceful. And people are unaware of the color's intensifying effect.The findings may have applications for sporting and other activities in which a brief burst of strength and speed is needed, such as weightlifting. But the authors caution that the color energy...

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2011-03-05 10:55:32

As carbon dioxide levels have risen during the last 150 years, the density of pores that allow plants to breathe has dwindled by 34 percent, restricting the amount of water vapor the plants release to the atmosphere, report scientists from Indiana University Bloomington and Utrecht University in the Netherlands in an upcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (now online).In a separate paper, also to be published by PNAS, many of the same scientists describe a model...

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2011-01-17 09:40:00

Men suffering from flu-like symptoms such as feverishness, runny nose, extreme fatigue and burning eyes immediately after ejaculation could be suffering from an allergic reaction to their own semen. Documented in medical journals since 2002, men with the condition, known as post orgasmic illness syndrome or POIS, get flu-like symptoms immediately after they ejaculate. Symptoms can last for up to week. Marcel Waldinger, a professor of sexual psychopharmacology at Utrecht University in the...

2010-12-27 13:49:27

A team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Utrecht University has deciphered a key step in an evolutionarily old branch of the immune response. This system, called complement, comprises a network of proteins that "complement" the work of antibodies in destroying foreign invaders. It serves as a rapid defense mechanism in most species from primitive sponges to humans. In a study published in the December 24 issue of Science, the groups of John Lambris, PhD, the Dr. Ralph...

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2010-11-10 11:05:31

Variations in atmosphere carbon dioxide around 40 million years ago were tightly coupled to changes in global temperature, according to new findings published in the journal Science. The study was led by scientists at Utrecht University, working with colleagues at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and the University of Southampton. "Understanding the relationship between the Earth's climate and atmospheric carbon dioxide in the geological past can provide insight into the...

2010-07-08 07:59:00

UTRECHT, the Netherlands, July 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- InteRNA Technologies B.V., a biopharmaceutical company focusing on the development of intelligent microRNA (miRNA)-based therapeutics for cancer, announces the establishment of its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB will further guide the Company in the development of cancer therapies based on the unique functions of its proprietary miRNAs. The SAB is chaired by Emile E. Voest, MD, PhD, Professor of Medical Oncology at the...

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2010-06-13 07:26:14

When zebra finches learn their songs from their father early in life, their brain is active during sleep. That is what biologists at Utrecht University conclude in a paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Their findings are a further demonstration that birdsong learning is very similar to the way that children learn how to speak. This discovery has important consequences for our understanding of the brain processes involved in learning and memory. Human infants learning to...

2009-09-23 14:00:14

Adolescent depression and anxiety disorders are two distinct psychiatric disorders, according to Dr. William W. Hale III (a researcher of the Langeveld Institute for the Study of Education and Development in Childhood and Adolescence at Utrecht University) in a recent publication in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Hale and his colleagues conducted a five-year, longitudinal study of secondary school adolescents. Every year the depressive and anxiety disorder symptoms of the...


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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