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2014-06-05 08:26:18

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The LISTERINE® Brand launches its largest global marketing social activation, "POWER TO YOUR MOUTH(TM)," for the FIFA World Cup(TM). From the pre-tournament build up, through the final whistle, the LISTERINE® Brand will react to the news of the day, recap the biggest matches and connect with sports and brand enthusiasts through its social channels and the hashtag #PowertoYourMouth. Two news rooms with sport experts and illustrators...

2013-08-21 12:57:31

New bio-imaging technology peers into the heart of embryo development Scientists using a pioneering bio-imaging system to record simultaneously the development of hundreds of aquatic embryos have discovered significant parent-offspring similarities in the timing and sequence of that development. Researchers at Plymouth University have found the timing of key developmental milestones – such as the first beating of the heart, formation of the eyes and movement – differs markedly...

2013-04-18 21:36:57

It is rare that an unpublished piece of research or theory remains significant after half a century. It is also a wonderful example of the boundless curiosity of the late Francis Crick. A previously unpublished work by Francis Crick and Jeffries Wyman from 1965 is now available, together with Jean-Pierre Changeux's recollections on the origins of the theory of Allostery and several important texts by various authors on the subject. These are part of a special issue of the Journal of Molecular...

Symbiosis Between Fungi And Flies
2013-02-06 19:03:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online By studying tiny flies, biologist Jeffrey Joy, from Simon Fraser University located just outside of Vancouver, Canada, was able to gain insight not only into a symbiotic relationship the flies have with a fungus, but also how evolutionary pressures have allowed the flies to exploit this relationship to the benefit of their species. According to Joy´s paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, two...

Study Shows How Cooperation Can Trump Competition In Monkeys
2012-07-04 16:52:19

Being the top dog – or, in this case, the top gelada monkey – is even better if the alpha male is willing to concede at times to subordinates, according to a study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan and Duke University. Alpha male geladas who allowed subordinate competitors into their group had a longer tenure as leader, resulting in an average of three more offspring each during their lifetimes. The findings, collected from data...

Firefly Romance
2012-06-26 10:13:17

New insights into what goes on when the lights go off The twinkling of fireflies heralds summer romance for these magical insects. While courting on-the-wing, male fireflies attract females' attention with bioluminescent flashes. But new research from biologists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences, published online in Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences, reveals that, after the lights go out, female fireflies prefer substance over flash. They seem to...

Aquatic Eel Fossil Has Human-like Spine Morphology
2012-05-23 04:48:16

Surprise discovery contradicts theories about anatomy exclusive to land animals For decades, scientists believed that a spine with multiple segments was an exclusive feature of land-dwelling animals. But the discovery of the same anatomical feature in a 345-million-year-old eel suggests that this complex anatomy arose separately from — and perhaps before — the first species to walk on land. Tarrasius problematicus was an eel-like fish that lived in shallow bodies of water in...


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Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society
2012-05-01 10:12:50

The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society is a scientific journal published by the Royal Society of London. Established in 1665, it is the first journal in the world exclusively devoted to science. It has remained in continuous publication since its inception, making it the world’s longest-running scientific journal. The use of the word “philosophical” in the title derives from the phrase “natural philosophy,” which was the equivalent of what is now generically called...

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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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