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Health - Civil Engineering - 10.12.2014
Biomarker discovery sheds new light on heart attack risk of arthritis drugs
Biomarker discovery sheds new light on heart attack risk of arthritis drugs
A class of drug for treating arthritis - all but shelved over fears about side effects - may be given a new lease of life following new research. The new study, led by Imperial College London and published in the journal Circulation , sheds new light on the 10-year-old question of how COX-2 inhibitors - a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) - can increase the risk of heart attack in some people, and suggests a possible way to identify which patients should avoid using it.

Civil Engineering - Earth Sciences - 28.11.2014
Greener cities are cooler cities in summer: new guide reveals how
Andi Horvath 0419 359 350 or Nerissa Hannink† 0430 588 055 news(at) Australian councils are being urged to take up new guidelines in green urban planning to create cooler cites with greener landscapes to reduce the risk of heat stress. Australia is experiencing a trend of hotter temperatures and as a result heat stress is now a serious health problem for Australians who live in urban areas.

Health - Civil Engineering - 14.10.2014
Urban dwellers more likely to be admitted to care
A new study has shown that older people living in towns and cities in Northern Ireland are a quarter more likely to be admitted to care homes than people living in rural areas. Researchers from the University of Glasgow found that rural dwellers had greater access to informal networks of care, such as family, friends and neighbours, which decreased their reliance on the care system.

Civil Engineering - 30.09.2014
Swimming Sea-Monkeys Reveal How Zooplankton May Help Drive Ocean Circulation
Swimming Sea-Monkeys Reveal How Zooplankton May Help Drive Ocean Circulation
Brine shrimp, which are sold as pets known as Sea-Monkeys, are tiny-only about half an inch long each. With about 10 small leaf-like fins that flap about, they look as if they could hardly make waves. But get billions of similarly tiny organisms together and they can move oceans. It turns out that the collective swimming motion of Sea-Monkeys and other zooplankton-swimming plankton-can generate enough swirling flow to potentially influence the circulation of water in oceans, according to a new study by Caltech researchers.

Civil Engineering - Life Sciences - 20.08.2014
Bright lights, big city a great lifestyle for these spiders
Bright lights, big city a great lifestyle for these spiders 20 August 2014 City life does not suit everyone but golden orb-weaving spiders thrive in urban landscapes, a University of Sydney study shows. "City-dwelling orb-weaving spiders grow larger and could produce more offspring than their country cousins our research shows," said Elizabeth Lowe , a PhD candidate in the University's School of Biological Sciences and lead author of a study published in the journal PLOS today.

Civil Engineering - 04.07.2014
EU Marie Curie ITN project to train researchers in integrated water quality modelling
4 July 2014 A collaborative European Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) project that includes researchers from the University of Bristol aims to train high calibre PhD and postdoctoral researchers with a comprehensive understanding of water quality processes, uncertainty issues and decision making strategies for integrated water catchment management.

Economics - Civil Engineering - 20.06.2014
Super-stretchable yarn is made of graphene

Civil Engineering - 11.06.2014
The Inflatable Concrete Dome
When concrete shells are constructed, they usually have to be supported by elaborate timber structures. A revolutionary technique developed at the Vienna University of Technology now uses inflatable air cushions instead. Large shell structures made of concrete or stone are hardly ever built any more.

Civil Engineering - Environment - 29.04.2014
Allotments could be key to sustainable farming, study finds
Soils under Britain's allotments are significantly healthier than intensively farmed soils First study to show that growing at small-scale in urban areas produces food sustainably without damaging soils Authors say planning and policy makers should promote urban own-growing as a sustainable way of meeting increasing food demand An increase in urban allotments could help us meet the rising demand for food throughout the world, without damaging the Earth's soils, according to new research from the University of Sheffield.

Environment - Civil Engineering - 19.03.2014
Diversity in UK gardens aiding fight to save threatened bumblebees, study suggests
The global diversity of plants being cultivated by Britainís gardeners is playing a key role in the fight to save the nationís threatened bumblebees, new research has revealed. Ecologists at Plymouth University, in a study published this week, have shown the most common species of bumblebee are not fussy about a plantís origin when searching for nectar and pollen among the nationís urban gardens.

Economics - Civil Engineering - 05.02.2014
Mapping the New York fashion scene, minute by minute
Mapping the New York fashion scene, minute by minute
A new study uses social media to show how New York's fashion industry still centers on just a few blocks of Manhattan. A new study shows New York fashion designers don't just flock to trends: They also do nearly all their business within the confines of the city's historic Garment District.