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2013-09-09 23:01:48

The Connecticut Health Council, an association of health sector leaders who work together to promote Connecticut as a national center of health excellence and to improve health care and wellness, will host ‘The Future of Personalized Medicine’ with Carl Zimmer on Friday, September 13th from 7:30-9:30a.m. at The New Haven Lawn Club. Hartford, Connecticut (PRWEB) September 09, 2013 The Connecticut Health Council, an association of health sector leaders who work together to promote...

Speciation Theory Questioned
2013-09-03 14:24:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While scientists have catalogued millions and millions of species, there is still no agreement on how exactly new species form. However, a new study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences could deal a major blow to one prevailing theory - namely, that new species arise when a barrier prevents reproduction between populations. Species-creating barriers could be physical, such as a mountain range, or they...

2013-08-26 11:55:31

Concealed within the vastness of the human genome, (comprised of some 3 billion base pairs), mutations are commonplace. While the majority of these appear to have neutral effect on human health, many others are associated with diseases and disease susceptibility. Reed Cartwright, a researcher at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, along with colleagues at ASU, Washington University and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK, report on a new software tool known as...

Making Animals Human-Like Helps Conservation
2013-08-22 13:06:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Making animals more relatable to humans could be a key move in conservation projects, according to research by conservationists at several universities. Researchers wrote in the journal Biodiversity Conservation that people's tendency to relate more to animals that bear a resemblance to humans could be a powerful tool for promoting low-profile species that are either endangered or in need of attention. The scientists suggest that...

Story Of Ancient Invasive Species North America
2013-08-22 11:59:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from researchers at Ohio State University tells the story of an invasion and domination that took place around 450 million years ago in North America. During the Ordovician period, a dramatic ecological shift occurred near what are now the Appalachian Mountains, as represented in the fossil record. In the study, which was published recently in the journal PLOS ONE, Ohio State paleontologists provide evidence of significant...

Understanding How Migration Patterns Shaped Native Ethnicity, Language
2013-08-20 09:02:39

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online During the past 12,000 years, the rich diversity of Native American ethnic and language groups of California took shape as migrating tribes. They settled first on the lush Pacific coast and then in progressively drier, less-vegetated habitats, according to a new study led by the University of Utah and published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). "Trying to explain why linguistic diversity is high in...

Dragonfly Study Shows How Ecosystem Changes Affect Biodiversity
2013-08-14 07:22:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Rice University researchers have found that communities in nature are likely to be a lot more sensitive to change than previously thought. The study findings, published in Nature Communications, points to a need for scientists concerned with human impact on the biosphere to take a different look at the consequences of altering the dynamics of a population. One example of such alteration would be removing large members of a species...

Chinese Alligator Genome Sequencing Complete
2013-08-10 05:29:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from Zhejiang University in China and  BGI Shenzhen have completed and analyzed the genomic sequence of the endangered Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) – the first published crocodilian genome. The findings, published in Cell Research, provide plausible explanations of how terrestrial reptiles adapt to aquatic environments and temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). The Chinese alligator is critically...


Word of the Day
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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