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Displaying items by tag: Biology

For longer than any of us can remember, science fiction writers have postulated that life on Earth was seeded by comets.  Latest research suggests they may actually be correct.

Published in Space
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:03

Gamers become expert protein folders

Sometimes scientific progress comes from the most unexpected of sources.  Molecular biology researchers harness the ingenuity of online gamers to solve a 10-year-old problem.

Published in Biology
Thursday, 04 March 2010 12:02

Add oxygen to alcohol for fewer hangovers

New research from South Korea suggests that extra dissolved oxygen in alcoholic drinks helps the body metabolize and eliminate the alcohol faster.
Published in Health
A collaboration between the Victorian Life Sciences Computational Initiative (VLSCI) and the IBM Research Computational Biology Center will see a Blue Gene supercomputer installed at the University of Melbourne.
Published in Health
In what is being hailed as the largest potential advance in the evolutionary theory in over eight decades, Australian scientists with Murdoch University are calling transposable elements (TEs), or junk DNA, a key ingredient in the continuing survival of species. They also hypothesize that it resolves a discrepancy in the current evolutionary theory.

Published in Biology
You might think that the world's leading paleontologists had better things to do than reverse engineer a chicken, but you would be wrong.

Published in Biology
Who gets to give trees their names, and why would anyone call a new species the No Parking tree?

Published in Biology
The following is a compilation of ten articles about English naturalist Charles Darwin, upon the two hundredth anniversary of his birth and the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the publication of his landmark book “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.”

Published in Biology
According to the new book about Charles Darwin ("Darwin's Sacred Cause"), the main reason why he developed the controversial theory that all animals including humans evolved from a common ancestor was because of his hatred with the slavery of one group of humans by another group of humans.

Published in Biology
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 05:48

Diesel doesn't grow on trees... Oh Yes It Does!!!

Given the current cost of fuel, wouldn't it be great if diesel grew on trees? Well, according to one Montana State University professor, it bloody well does!

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 21 October 2008 04:55

Can drinking beer help cure cancer?

The usual rule of thumb in this life is that the things that are the baddest for you are those that you enjoy the most. Now a bunch of boffins might be on the verge of reversing that trend...

Published in Health
Thursday, 09 October 2008 22:31

Calm down women: Smell a man's armpit for sex

A University of Pennsylvania study has found that the smell of sweaty male armpits make women feel calmer and more receptive to sex. Finally, practical research we can all apply in our daily lives!

Published in Biology
California-Connecticut researchers found that cervical cancer survivors still achieved sexual satisfaction even when their ovaries were removed. Based on not being able to produce testosterone, the researchers concluded that emotions (psychology) may play a larger role in sexuality than hormones (biology).

Published in Biology
Saturday, 06 September 2008 23:17

Men marry Mom-lookalike, women do same with Dad-twin

A Hungarian study finds that men usually select a life partner who looks like their mother, and women commonly pick a mate that looks like their father.

Published in Biology
An American evolutionary biologist has finally explained how some strange-looking species of flatfish, such as flounder, came to have both of their eyes on one side of their head. The discovery helps to clarify a missing point in Darwin’s evolutionary theory.

Published in Biology
According to a May 2008 Italian-U.S. study, math scores for boys and girls are equal in countries with “gender-equal” cultures, but math scores for girls fall short in countries where females are not considered equal to males.
Published in Biology
Tuesday, 20 May 2008 08:32

Brittlestar Volcanica: the search for food

A city of tiny "brittlestar" starfish have been found on a huge undersea volcano, waving their "arms" in the water to catch passing by particles of food.

Published in Biology
The World Wide Fund for Nature collected data from nearly 4,000 species spanning a 35-year period. According to its study, land-based and water-based species declined 27% from 1970 to 2005.

Published in Biology
According to a University of Michigan study, estrogen appears to be the critical factor in what motivates women to be competitive—very similarly to how testosterone makes men aggressive.

Published in Biology
A medical gadget called the Inogen ONE is a “breakthrough” portable oxygen generator that concentrates oxygen, doing away with cumbersome liquid oxygen tanks and restoring quality of life to the ultimate form of organic technology: human beings.

Published in Health

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