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Fly Genome Could Help Us Improve Health And Our Environment

Provided by Alanna Orpen, BioMed Central The house fly might be a worldwide pest, but its genome will provide information that could improve our lives. From insights into pathogen immunity, to pest control and decomposing waste, the 691 Mb genome…

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Intricate Symbiosis: Beer Yeast Creates Aroma To Attract Fruit Flies For Cell Dispersal

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Beer aficionados prize the frothy beverage of their affection for its taste as well as its smell, but they aren’t the only ones who enjoy the whiff of fermented barley. According to…

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Performance Of Snake-Like Robot Benefits From Analysis Of Real-Life Sidewinders

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Observing sidewinder snakes as they use their unique talents to climb sand-covered slopes has helped both biologists and the engineers behind the development of snake-like robots gain new insight into their respective…

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New Study Scientifically Probes Near-Death, Out-Of-Body Experiences

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Approximately one-tenth of all cardiac arrest survivors reported having out-of-body experiences (OBEs) or near-death experiences (NDEs), according to the results of a new study investigating the phenomenon of recollections associated with death.…

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Researchers Find That Sharks Have Personality

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We know that our pets have strong personalities because we observe them every day. But who would have guessed that sharks have different personalities as well. A new study, led by the…

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Semen Secrets: How A Previous Sexual Partner Can Influence Another Male’s Offspring

Deborah Smith, University of New South Wales Scientists have discovered a new form of non-genetic inheritance, showing for the first time that offspring can resemble a mother’s previous sexual partner – in flies at least. This confronting idea, known as…

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Sea Monkey Study Suggests Zooplankton Migrations May Affect Ocean Currents

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1957, the world was introduced to Sea Monkeys, and people were fascinated. Sea Monkeys were advertised in nearly every popular comic book, and even made a trip to space with Astronaut…

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Were Monarch Butterflies Responsible For Unusual Weather Radar Readings?

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Large blue blobs appearing on weather radar last week above southern Illinois and central Missouri likely belonged to a swarm of Monarch butterflies, according to officials at the US National Weather Service…

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How An Ancient Vertebrate Uses Familiar Tools To Build A Strange-Looking Head

Kim Bland, Ph.D., Stowers Institute for Medical Research Sea lamprey studies show remarkably conserved gene expression patterns in jawless versus jawed vertebrates If you never understood what “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny” meant in high school, don’t worry: biologists no longer think…

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Ancient Flying Reptile Resembled Ikran From Avatar Movie

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fossils discovered in China are providing clues to a species of flying reptile that may have had a jaw pouch for catching and storing food. The pterosaurs lived around 120 million years…