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2014-07-28 23:09:32

The coming period of economic contraction and resource shortage will cause the entire world to reject liberalism and turn back towards conservatism, according to a new scientific text published by Federalist Publications, examining the biological forces which produce ideological shifts in populations. If this book's thesis is true, all other factors, from demographic projections to cultural evolution will prove powerless to forestall a new conservative political revival. (PRWEB) July...

2014-07-17 23:02:48

An article in the newest issue of Rangeland Ecology & Management addresses declining greater sage-grouse populations and the 2015 deadline to afford them Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection as a case study to examine the complex nature of these decisions. The problems facing sage-grouse are not only regulatory in nature; the complexity of the ecosystem and how it affects their habitat are also large factors which are not easily addressed within a regulatory framework such as the...

Friends Found To Be Genetically More Similar Than Strangers
2014-07-15 11:59:03

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you’ve ever thought of your circle of friends as a second family, you may be on to something as a new study has found that on a population-wide level friends are more closely related to each other than strangers. Published in the in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study indicated that friends who are not biologically related, may be similar to each other genetically. "Looking across the whole genome,"...

Biologists Link Placenta Formation And Sexual Selection
2014-07-10 03:56:12

By Iqbal Pittalwala, University of California - Riverside UC Riverside research shows fish with placentas are smaller and less brightly colored than non-placental fish Sexual selection refers to species' selection for traits that are attractive to the opposite sex. This special type of natural selection enhances opportunities to mate, the tail of male peacocks being an iconic example. Biologists at the University of California, Riverside have now found that sexual selection and...

2014-06-25 08:28:04

Report Highlights 113 Products, a 57 Percent Increase in the Last Three Years WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) announced today the release of the fourth edition of the organization's signature document, The Case for Personalized Medicine. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130517/DC16280LOGO The report notes the steady development of the personalized medicine field, with a 57 percent increase in products the last three years. In...

2014-06-17 23:16:19

Ecology is the branch of biology concerned with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. The Life, Earth & Health Sciences Magazine EurekaMag.com has newly published abstracts of 7,730 studies covering the relationships between groups of several living things and their environments. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) June 17, 2014 EurekaMag.com has newly published 7,730 ecological studies covering processes influencing the distribution and abundance of...

violence shaped the male face
2014-06-09 11:14:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Throughout history, men have had a well-earned reputation for violence and a new study in the journal Biological Reviews has concluded that masculine facial features evolved as a result of that violence. The new study focused on the faces of our australopith ancestors and how those faces evolved to protect us against punches. "The australopiths were characterized by a suite of traits that may have improved fighting ability,...

blond hair genetics
2014-06-02 05:07:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A subtle alternation in DNA involving one single-letter change in the genetic code is enough to generate blond hair in men and women, researchers from Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Stanford University Medical Center report in Sunday’s edition of the journal Nature Genetics. According to developmental biology professor Dr. David Kingsley and his colleagues, a molecule essential to stem cell function plays a vital role...

2014-05-30 12:25:51

SALT LAKE CITY, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists at the University of Utah (U of U), the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and colleagues have developed a powerful tool called pVAAST that combines linkage analysis with case control association to help identify disease-causing mutations in families faster and more precisely than ever before. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140205/DC59634LOGO In a study in Nature Biotechnology, the...

Researchers Remap The Epic Evolution Of A 'Ring Species'
2014-05-26 03:58:52

University of British Columbia The Greenish Warbler, long considered an idealized example of a single species that diverged into two as it expanded its range, has a much more checkered family history than biologists previously realized. Ring species are a continuous loop of related populations, each adapted to its local environment, with two terminal populations in the loop meeting but now unable to mate. But an in-depth genomic analysis published today in Nature by University of...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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