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Bigger Really Was Better For Early Prehistoric Life
2014-01-24 14:38:14

[ Watch the Video: The Evolution of the World’s Oldest Fossil Communities ] University of Toronto A NASA research group featuring University of Toronto Mississauga professor Marc Laflamme has helped to explain why some prehistoric organisms evolved into larger animals. Laflamme, an assistant professor with the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, and his colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Node of NASA's Astrobiology Institute suggest that height...

2014-01-03 15:13:57

Press release from PLOS Computational Biology Scientists have demonstrated that organisms with greater complexity are more likely to evolve in complex environments, according to research published this week in PLOS Computational Biology. The researchers, based at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and University of Vermont, created a programme that simulated the evolution of virtual creatures in a variety of landscapes. Each virtual organism was made using a particular form of...

Study Shows Genetically Identical Bacteria Can Behave In Entirely Different Ways
2014-01-02 15:32:39

University of Washington Uneven distribution of certain mechanisms during cell division creates diversity that can enhance a bacterial population's survival Although a population of bacteria may be genetically identical, individual bacteria within that population can act in radically different ways. This phenomenon is crucial in the bacteria's struggle for survival. The more diversity a population of bacteria has, the more likely it will contain individuals able to take advantage of...

Bacteria Grow Faster When They Feed Each Other
2013-12-03 09:39:00

Max Planck Institute The division of labor is more efficient than a struggle through life without help from others – this is also true for microorganisms. Researchers from Research Group Experimental Ecology and Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and their colleagues at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany came to this conclusion when they performed experiments with microbes. The scientists worked with bacteria that were deficient in the production...

Better Understanding Of Hardy Bacteria Enhances Tool For Biofuel Creation
2013-11-25 09:16:25

DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Scientists have charted a significant signaling network in a tiny organism that's big in the world of biofuels research. The findings about how a remarkably fast-growing organism conducts its metabolic business bolster scientists' ability to create biofuels using the hardy microbe Synechococcus, which turns sunlight into useful energy. The team at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory glimpsed key chemical events,...

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...

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...

2013-11-09 23:02:40

The newly redesigned Life, Earth & Health Sciences Magazine EurekaMag.com has published 9,112 new articles on Phylogenetics. As a comprehensive publisher of natural science abstracts, EurekaMag.com covers such studies of evolutionary relationships among groups of organisms through molecular sequencing in detail. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) November 09, 2013 EurekaMag.com has newly published 9,112 references and abstracts on phylogenetics which is the study of evolutionary relationships...


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2014-01-12 00:00:00

Biology is the study of living organisms. Before the 19th century, biology was known as natural history (the study of all living things). Gottfried Reinhold Treviranus was the first person to coin the term biology. Biology comes from the Greek words bios (meaning "life") and logia (meaning "study of"). It is a common science that is a standard subject in schools and universities around the world. Over a million papers are published annually in biology and medicinal journals. Not just a...

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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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