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insect moulting
2015-04-22 08:30:00

Come a little closer. Let me get a better look. It’s true – if I squint up my eyes a bit, you really do look more like a sea urchin than a bug. Don’t take offense. There’s a very good reason for this imagined resemblance. Evolution takes strange paths and, scientifically, we humans are much more closely related to the sea urchin than we are to insects. But all three species have a common ancestor that probably lived more than 600 million years ago.

2015-04-07 12:31:45

DUBLIN, Apr.

2014-02-03 23:22:48

Cosmetic peptides, such as Argireline and GHK-Cu, are making headlines throughout the scientific research community due to their advanced anti-aging abilities on a natural cellular level.

Brain Cell Neurons Tell Us If We Like Or Dislike Smells
2013-10-08 06:38:33

Some smells are instantly attractive to us. For example, think of the smell of baking bread. With no other cues, visual or tactile, that smell can draw you into the nearest bakery. In contrast, some smells -- like fresh fish -- are not that appealing, unless perhaps you haven't eaten in three days.

Impulsive Eating Triggered By Neural Pathway
2013-03-01 04:41:35

The discovery of a neural pathway in the brain of an insect that has been linked to pleasure eating could shed new light on the impulsive consumption of food by men and women, claim researchers from one US university.

2012-10-10 22:00:18

Researchers have published the first highly detailed description of how neurotensin, a neuropeptide hormone which modulates nerve cell activity in the brain, interacts with its receptor.

2012-05-03 09:06:03

It seems improbable that a baby born underweight would be prone to obesity, but it is well documented that these children tend to put on weight in youth if they're allowed free access to calories.

Spurned In Love, Study Finds Fruit Flies Turn To Alcohol
2012-03-16 07:48:23

A male, his affections spurned by a female that he's attracted to, is driven to excessive alcohol consumption. The story may be familiar, but in this case, the lead characters aren't humans -- they're fruit flies.

2011-12-07 22:53:26

Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is the most abundant peptide hormone of the central nervous system.


Word of the Day
fleuron
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]