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2012-03-19 16:15:29

The Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory (NIMML) research team at Virginia Tech has discovered important new information on the efficacy of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in treating Crohn´s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  CLA is a naturally occurring acid found in meat and dairy products known for its anti-cancer and immune modulatory properties. In collaboration with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepathology at University of...

Image 1 - Humanoid Robot Developed By Navy To Fight Fires
2012-03-10 06:48:39

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have begun to develop a humanoid robot to fight help shipboard fires. Fires onboard Naval vessels can be costly, not to mention quite dangerous. In order to combat these issues, the NRL decided on a humanoid-type robot to operate and maneuver just as a human would. Additionally, by creating a humanoid-type robot, the Navy and Marine Corps may be able to use these robots for other potential wartime applications, thus saving lives. The...

2012-03-09 10:51:26

The term "bush meat" conjures up images of exotic animals hunted by men in traditional dress using handmade weapons. But in reality, bush meat is a lot closer to our North American venison, quail, and pheasant – game hunted legally using modern weapons. Residents of northern Botswana prize wild buffalo as their favored bush meat. Now a study led by Kathleen Alexander, associate professor of wildlife in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, indicates that buffalo may be an...

Future Of Sumatran Tigers Threatened By Human Disturbances
2012-03-01 04:52:51

Three of the world's subspecies of tigers are now extinct. A new study found that the Sumatran tiger subspecies is nearing extinction as a result of human activities, particularly the conversion of natural forests into forestry and agricultural plantations, leading to habitat loss. The study, conducted by Virginia Tech and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is the first of its kind to systematically investigate the use of different land cover types – not just forests but also plantation...

2012-02-22 12:41:01

Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES) announces the first ever publication with data on head impacts from youth football players. The paper is published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering and is available online for free download. The manuscript includes the details of over 700 head impacts measured on 7 and 8 year old youth football players. Based on the importance of this initial publication, the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences is...

2012-02-09 10:47:58

Scientists have developed a new community resource that may act as a Rosetta stone for revealing the genetic basis of traits and disease. A paper in the Feb. 9 issue of Nature describes the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP), which provides the highest-resolution view to date, of the genome structure and variation in a population of 192 fruit flies with diverse traits. The study was led by Trudy Mackay, professor of genetics at North Carolina State University, in collaboration with...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.