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Instant Camouflage Discovered In Two Cephalopods
2011-11-11 11:17:36

[ Watch the Video ] Scientists have discovered two deep ocean species of cephalopods, the octopus Japetella heathi and the squid Onychoteuthis banksii, that can go from transparent to opaque in the blink of an eye, a new study finds. This impressive camouflage swap, from both an octopus and a squid, is an adaptation that help keeps the species safe from different types of predators, Stephanie Pappas of LiveScience reports. The first predators that the cephalopods must be wary of are...

2011-04-28 07:35:00

Researchers have found a new clue as to why bariatric surgery is more effective for controlling glucose levels in diabetics than dietary remedies alone, helping to explain why diabetes often disappears after the surgery, even before much weight is lost. Researchers from Duke University Medical Center and St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University, say that facts collected from previous studies provide even more evidence that branched-chain amino acids are biomarkers that...

2011-03-21 12:20:00

A research team from Duke University in North Carolina has recreated autistic mice by mutating the gene which controls production of the protein, Shank3. The single protein may trigger autistic spectrum disorders by disrupting communication between brain cells, BBC News is reporting. Autism affects the ability of children and adults to communicate and interact socially and has varying degrees of severity. Hundreds of genes linked to the condition have been found. However the precise...

2010-02-13 08:50:00

New research suggests that the act of voluntarily sharing something with another may not be entirely exclusive to the human experience. A study published in the March 9th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, observed that bonobos"”a sister species of chimpanzees and, like chimps, our closest living relatives"”consistently chose to actively share their food with others. "It has been suggested that only humans voluntarily share their food," says lead study author...

2008-01-16 13:37:58

A team of Japanese and U.S. researchers have successfully conducted an experiment in which a monkey's brain signals in the United States were transmitted over the Internet to maneuver a humanoid robot into walking in Japan.  The researchers said that they have created a humanoid robot that reacts according to the brain activity of a monkey all the way across the Pacific Ocean. According to AFP, the experiment was part of efforts to develop prosthetic limbs which can be mentally...

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