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2010-06-25 05:25:00

Yale University researchers have reported an important first step in regenerating fully functional lung tissue that can exchange gas "“ the most critical function of the lungs. Lung tissue is difficult to regenerate because it does not generally repair or regenerate beyond the microscopic level.   Currently, the only way to replace damaged adult lung tissue is through lung transplantation, a procedure highly vulnerable to organ rejection and infection, and one in which the...

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2010-06-25 05:11:25

Yale University engineers have for the first time created 3D models of whole intact mouse organs, a feat they accomplished using fluorescence microscopy. The team reports its findings in the May/June issue of the Journal of Biomedical Optics, in a study published online this week. Combining an imaging technique called multiphoton microscopy with "optical clearing," which uses a solution that renders tissue transparent, the researchers were able to scan mouse organs and create high-resolution...

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2010-06-17 12:50:00

Astronomers have glimpsed what could be the youngest known star at the very moment it is being born. Not yet fully developed into a true star, the object is in the earliest stages of star formation and has just begun pulling in matter from a surrounding envelope of gas and dust, according to a new study that appears in the current issue of the Astrophysical Journal. The study's authors"”who include astronomers from Yale University, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the...

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2010-06-17 07:31:28

Paleontologists have discovered the oldest mammalian tooth marks yet on the bones of ancient animals, including several large dinosaurs. They report their findings in a paper published online June 16 in the journal Paleontology. Nicholas Longrich of Yale University and Michael J. Ryan of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History came across several of the bones while studying the collections of the University of Alberta Laboratory for Vertebrate Palaeontology and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of...

2010-06-09 14:00:19

Researchers at Yale University have found that the risk of extinction for mountain birds due to global warming is greatest for species that occupy a narrow range of altitude. In fact, a species' vertical distribution is a better predictor of extinction risk than the extent of temperature change they experience, the researchers report in the June 9 issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. "Birds allow us to do the first global assessment of the health of a whole...

2010-06-08 08:14:00

NEW HAVEN, Conn., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Experts from the China life science industry will meet with U.S. biotech and pharma executives June 22 for an all-day symposium at Yale University. It is the first meeting of its kind, designed to introduce U.S. businessmen to the opportunities afforded for research and development and commercialization partnering in China. Online registration for the symposium and banquet to follow is now open at...

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2010-05-21 08:24:30

Biologists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Yale University have identified two genes, the leucokinin neuropeptide and the leucokinin receptor, that appear to regulate meal sizes and frequency in fruit flies. Both genes have mammalian counterparts that seem to play a similar role in food intake, indicating that the steps that control meal size and meal frequency are not just behaviorally similar but are controlled by the same genes throughout the animal kingdom. A...

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2010-04-26 08:10:10

Key players in carbon cycle multiply slowly when overheated In dark, rich soils on every continent, microbes dealing with the effects of climate change aren't accelerating global warming the way scientists had predicted, a study by researchers at the University of California at Irvine, Colorado State University and Yale University shows. Results of the study appear in a paper published on-line this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. The work was supported by the National Science...

2010-04-20 13:48:54

Yale University engineers have found that the defects in carbon nanotubes cause T cell antigens to cluster in the blood and stimulate the body's natural immune response. Their findings, which appear as the cover article of the April 20 issue of the journal Langmuir, could improve current adoptive immunotherapy, a treatment used to boost the body's ability to fight cancer. Adoptive immunotherapy involves extracting a patient's blood so that the number of naturally occurring T cells (a type of...

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2010-04-19 12:11:53

Paleontologists have discovered a new species of dinosaur with a softball-sized lump of solid bone on top of its skull, according to a paper published in the April issue of the journal Cretaceous Research. The species was a plant-eating dinosaur about as big as a medium-sized dog that lived 70 to 80 million years ago, said Nicholas Longrich of Yale University, lead author of the paper. The team discovered two skull fragments in Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas in 2008. They compared...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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