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How do we acquire tastes?

The saying goes that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take--but if it’s your first shot of whiskey, or vodka you probably won’t be missing those lingering, shiver-inducing flavors all that much. Acquiring certain tastes, such as...

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Can economics help explain microbial life?

Adam Smith was a famous 18th century economist, not a biologist, but could his economic theories help solve longstanding mysteries about gut microbes? The authors of a new PLOS One study seem to think that’s the case. Joshua Tasoff, an...

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Bamboo shark gives birth after 45 months without mating

The reproductive biology of sharks is complex and intriguing. This is no simple “girl meets boy, has babies” story. Some sharks are oviparous (egg laying), others are viviparous, meaning they give birth to live young. Some use a mixture...

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X-rays reveal new component of human hair

Using x-ray technology, researchers have discovered a never-before-seen component of human hair-- an intermediate zone located between the cortex and cuticle. The findings were presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association. Stanic’s research found that in...

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Rare ancient cat paw print found on Roman roof tile

A Roman roof tile stored at a museum in southwestern England has been discovered to contain an unusual surprise – paw prints made by a cat an estimated 2,000 years ago which were found by researchers looking through artifacts...

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France acts against olive disease outbreak in Corsica

News of an outbreak usually refers to a virus or bacteria making people dangerously ill across a city or a country. However, on the French island of Corsica – authorities are worried about another kind of plague victim: olive...

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The real reason why we put sugar in coffee

Whether you are a spooner or a lumper, if you like sweet coffee and science, this should be the news equivalent of a triple espresso kick. Every time we put sugar in coffee a little chemical magic happens. It’s more...

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How brain surgery may have kept Napoleon from conquering Russia

History tells us that General Mikhail Kutuzov was able to repel Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, but what it doesn’t tell us, according to new research published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, is the role that a brain surgeon played...

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Earth’s magnetic field older than previously believed

New research published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Science indicates that the Earth’s magnetic shield is far older than previously believed, which could mean that plate tectonics also started earlier and may explain why the planet is still...

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East African ‘golden jackals’ are actually wolves, study finds

The creatures known as “golden jackals” are found throughout East Africa, Europe, Asia Minor, the Middle East, and southeast Asia actually represent two different species, claims new research based on DNA analysis and published Thursday in the journal Current...