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Hydra magnipapillata
2013-12-09 05:03:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While we tend to equate youth with strength and old age with weakness, new research appearing in the journal Nature reveals that frailty during the later years of life is not a fixed law of nature, and that some species actually become stronger and less likely to die as they age. Experts from the University of Southern Denmark looked at the aging process in 46 vastly different types of creatures, including mammals, plants and...

Extreme Genomic Evolution Discovered In Burmese Pythons
2013-12-03 07:05:43

[ Watch the Video: Genomics Reveal The Evolution Of Snakes ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers have sequenced the genome of the Burmese python, or Python molurus bivittatus, finding large numbers of rapidly evolved genes in snakes. Their findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), reveal that these genetic changes are linked to extreme characteristics in snakes. The discovery of these characteristics,...

2013-11-19 17:00:07

Why do crosses between closely related species fail to produce fertile hybrids? A new study shows that differences in the levels - not necessarily the sequences - of certain key proteins are crucial in mediating reproductive isolation. Two individuals are defined as belonging to the same biological species, if matings between them give rise to viable and fertile offspring. Crosses between closely related, but already distinct, species produce hybrid offspring that are either inviable or...

2013-11-19 13:16:54

An original model that would explain how regions of the genome that are copied later on facilitate the birth of new genes with specific functions in tissues and organs One of the most important processes in the life of cells is genome replication, which consists of making exact copies of the DNA in order to pass it on to their offspring when they split. In most organisms, from yeast to human beings, genome replication follows a set plan, in which certain regions of the genome replicate...

2013-11-18 23:28:27

The recently republished Biology, Geography and Health Online Magazine GeoScience.net has published 40,188 new abstracts on biological interventions that produce substantial, sustained changes in capacities or functioning of organisms. As a newly established publisher of information on the basic and applied natural sciences, GeoScience.net covers such discoveries from the year 1866 until now. Bad Honnef, Germany (PRWEB) November 18, 2013 GeoScience.net has newly published 40,188 summaries...

Natural Selection Shown To Promote Antigenic Evolvability
2013-11-17 04:46:48

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What is more useful? Having a superpower, or the ability to develop a superpower? Evolution, of course, picks the latter. Evolution favors the survival of the fittest. If a trait helps an organism adapt to a changing environment, that trait is favored and preserved by evolution. For example, when insects are affected by a pesticide, some of them develop resistance to it, while others die. Evolution targets these...

Secret Of Short Stems
2013-11-12 14:21:25

Max Planck Institute Arabidopsis plants that only reach half their normal height have a mutation in the biosynthesis of the plant growth factor gibberellin The normal height to which plants grow is a critical trait. In the wild Arabidopsis thaliana uses the same genetic changes in the biosynthesis of the growth factor gibberellin to cut its size in half as found in semi-dwarf varieties of rice and barley that have been bred by people. When expressing the same phenotype, various plant...

Bitter Taste Gene May Have Been Beneficial To Human Evolution
2013-11-12 13:31:37

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It can be puzzling sometimes when someone else finds the taste of your favorite food to be disgusting, but research has shown we all perceive the taste of various compounds differently. A new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has found a genetic mutation making certain people more sensitive to the taste of a bitter compound could have been beneficial for certain human populations in Africa, resulting in the...

2013-11-11 23:25:33

The recently republished Biology, Geography and Health Online Magazine GeoScience.net has published 28,667 new summaries on the discovery of new biological species on earth. As a newly established publisher of information on the basic and applied natural sciences, GeoScience.net covers such discoveries from the year 1865 until now. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) November 11, 2013 GeoScience.net has newly published 28,667 abstracts on the discovery of new biological species. A biological...


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Paleontology
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paleontology or Palaeontology is the scientific study of prehistoric life, including the study of fossils to determine the organisms evolution and interactions with each other and their environments. Paleontological observations have been documented as far back as 5th century BC. The science became established in the 18th century as a result of Georges Cuvier’s work on comparative anatomy, and it developed quickly within the 19th century. The term itself comes from Greek palaios, meaning...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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