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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.
Increasingly, scientific findings indicate that an organism's diet affects more than just general health and body condition.
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.
By studying hibernating lemurs - distant relatives of humans - researchers at Duke University say they are gaining new insights into the purpose of sleep.
Although the temperate climates of central Europe provide plentiful food in summer, finding enough to eat is much more problematic in winter.
Hibernation is an essential survival strategy for some animals and scientists have long thought it could also hold promise for human survival.
New study shows wild female batsâ€™ temperature regulation strategy is flexible.
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.
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.
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