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sleeping to mars
2014-10-06 11:24:31

Science fiction has long used the idea of placing astronauts in a state of suspended animation, and yet, as fantastic as that idea sounds – it could increase the efficiency of a mission significantly by eliminating large amounts of food, water, clothing, and exercise equipment.

Wintertime Survival For Siberian Hamsters Depends On Summertime Cholesterol Consumption
2014-06-11 03:54:52

Increasingly, scientific findings indicate that an organism's diet affects more than just general health and body condition.

How Dormice Make Optimal Use Of Their Body Fat Reserves
2013-10-22 14:05:32

Edible dormice store considerable amounts of fat in summer. Their fat reserves are necessary for them to survive a long hibernation – on average 8 months – in underground cavities.

Lemur Offers Insights Into Sleep Purpose
2013-09-05 10:49:33

By studying hibernating lemurs - distant relatives of humans - researchers at Duke University say they are gaining new insights into the purpose of sleep.

2011-12-16 14:02:58

Although the temperate climates of central Europe provide plentiful food in summer, finding enough to eat is much more problematic in winter.

2011-07-27 13:35:52

Hibernation is an essential survival strategy for some animals and scientists have long thought it could also hold promise for human survival.

2010-02-11 10:46:33

New study shows wild female bats’ temperature regulation strategy is flexible.

2009-08-20 14:20:00

Bats, birds, box turtles, humans and many other animals share at least one thing in common: They sleep. Humans, in fact, spend roughly one-third of their lives asleep, but sleep researchers still don't know why.

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2009-06-29 10:33:22

A team of researchers has discovered that animals that sleep longer store energy for a long duration of time, something scientists believe could be useful the treatment of obesity and other disorders.


Word of the Day
plim
  • To swell, as grain or wood with water.
The word 'plim' is probably a variant of the word 'plum'.
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