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New Study Says Adults May Only Be Able to Get the Flu Twice a Decade

yesterdayHumor / odd : mental_floss

While it's tempting to blame your last sick day on influenza, chances are you're wrong. A new study from Imperial College London suggests that the virus is a lot less common in adults than previously thought; adults above the age of 30 only catch the flu about twice every 10 years. Show More Summary

Darzi fellows at Royal Brompton

It was such a pleasure to meet four of this year's Darzi Fellowships in Clinical Leadership, a program named in honor of Ara Darzi, one of world's leading surgeons at Imperial College London, who also devoted time during his career to...Show More Summary

Device Quantifies Protein in Urine at Point of Care

Bio Nano Consulting, a spin-off of Imperial College London and University College London, has developed a device that may soon be used by clinicians to measure the amount of protein in urine. This may turn out to be a new way to test...Show More Summary

Sir David King: '2015 Is a Seminal Year for the Planet'

Speaking before a packed auditorium at London's Imperial College last week, Sir David King, the UK's former head scientist, and current envoy for climate change, described 2015 as "a seminal year" for the planet. Paraphrasing Mary Robinson,...Show More Summary

UK Professor Creates a Drunk-Reversal Pill

A UK professor is behind two drugs that attenuate the effects of alcohol. David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacology professor at Imperial College in London,  has developed two drugs that mitigate the effects of alcohol. Drug one, named "alcosynth,"...Show More Summary

With Roger Bannister in London

I can't let this week close without reporting what a treat it was to present a paper in the Roger Bannister Audtorium at Imperial College London. Here's the setting (above).The seminar was organized by Susan Burnett at the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. Show More Summary

Clustering of Matter 400,000 Years After Big Bang --"Yields New Measurement of the Universe"

For the first time researchers have measured large distances in the Universe using data, rather than calculations related to general relativity. A research team from Imperial College London and the University of Barcelona has used data from astronomical surveys to...

Researchers use real data rather than theory to measure the cosmos

For the first time researchers have measured large distances in the Universe using data, rather than calculations related to general relativity. A research team from Imperial College London and the University of Barcelona has used data from astronomical surveys to measure a standard distance that is central to our understanding of the expansion of the universe. read more

Scientists create food ingredient that will make you feel fuller

Scientists have developed an ingredient that can be added to foods to make them more filling. In its first tests in humans, researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow found that the ingredient is effective at preventing weight gain in overweight volunteers. read more

Scientists discover brain mechanism that drives us to eat glucose

Glucose is a component of carbohydrates, and the main energy source used by brain cells. By studying rats, a team at Imperial College London identified a mechanism that appears to sense how much glucose is reaching the brain, and prompts...Show More Summary

Links 12/6/14

Links for you. Science: Did enterovirus D68 cause limb paralysis in children? Why are your statistical models more complex these days? How The Plague Microbe Gave Fleas A Chance Publish and perish at Imperial College London: the death of Stefan … Continue reading ?

Don’t Expect Urban Drone Delivery Soon

3 months agoTechnology : TechCrunch

Amazon and Google might be chest-thumping about their respective drone delivery programs but the technology is still years out from being feasible in dense urban environments. Dr Mirko Kovac, director of Imperial College London’s current aerial robotics lab, suggests it could be as far out as a decade. Read More

NRL scientists discover novel metamaterial properties within hexagonal boron nitride

WASHINGTON - U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material...Show More Summary

Why didn't the universe collapse after the Big Bang? It's a question of gravity

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Not only does gravity keep us safely on the ground and hold the planets in alignment, but now it may soon get the credit for saving the whole universe. Physicists at the Imperial College London and the Universities of Copenhagen andShow More Summary

On That Day I Left My Boyhood Behind

Susan Burnett, at Imperial College London, writes:My grandfather, Norman Marshall Woodcock, was called up on the day that war was declared in 1914. He came home five years later. For fifty years after his return he rarely spoke about what had happened, but he cried each year on Remembrance Sunday. Show More Summary

Neuroscientists: Shroom-induced brain rewiring could hold the key to fighting mental illness

4 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Psychedelic mushrooms dramatically increase connectivity between otherwise uncommunicative parts of the brain, according to researchers from Imperial College London in an article to be published in the November edition of the Royal Society’s journal Interface. Paul Expert and his team...

Experts predict time travel, invisibility & teleportation to be reality by year 2100

A group of experts has agreed that time travel, invisibility and teleportation could all become realities within the lifetimes of today’s school children. According to the Telegraph, professors from Imperial College London and the University...Show More Summary

U.S. News Global University Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities Rankings (methodology): 1. Harvard 2. MIT 3. UC-Berkeley 4. Stanford 5. Oxford 6. Cambridge 7. Cal-Tech 8. UCLA 9. Chicago 10. Columbia 11. Johns Hopkins 12. Imperial College London 13. Princeton 14. Michigan 14. Toronto 14.University of Washington 17. Yale 18. UC-San...

Blocks’ Modular Smartwatch Designs Teased In New Video

5 months agoTechnology : TechCrunch

One of the more interesting wearables lining up to challenge the Apple Watch next year is Blocks, a modular smartwatch conceived by a couple of students from Imperial College in the U.K. — in turn inspired by the Phonebloks/Google Project Ara modular smartphone. Read More

New cancer drug to begin trials in multiple myeloma patients

Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a new cancer drug which they plan to trial in multiple myeloma patients by the end of next year. In a paper published today in the journal Cancer Cell, the researchers report how the...Show More Summary

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