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Displaying items by tag: 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
Friday, 28 March 2008 11:52

Instant disease diagnosis: via cellphone

Japanese cellular operator, NTT DoCoMo, claims to have demonstrated a 'molecular delivery system' that it one day hopes to incorporate into cellphones enabling instant remote diagnosis of the user's health and emotional state.

Published in Health
Monday, 24 March 2008 21:27

Another Australian first: sex?

Australia is the lucky country, but more than 500 million years ago, it was the sexy country, according to new research from the University of California in Riverside, following the discovery of a complex fossil in what is now South Australia.

Published in Biology
The fact that royal jelly is the magic ingredient honeybee larvae need to become queens instead of workers is well known, but new ANU research finally sheds light on the reasons why.

Published in Biology
U.S. researchers have found for the first time where humans first sense irritating odors such as rotten eggs, chlorine, and gasoline. It’s at the tip of your nose.          
Published in Biology
Monday, 25 February 2008 19:16

Flies, like people, can toss and turn all night

A new U.S. study has shown fruit flies have a brain chemical just like humans that controls sleep. The discovery may help people solve their insomnia and other sleep problems.          
Published in Health
New research from the University of Sydney’s School of Biological Sciences has uncovered that “animals that eat less [protein] live longer”, but end up having fewer children. So, do you want a long life, or more children... and just how relevant are fruit fly studies to human beings, anyway?

Published in Health

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