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Female Komodo Dragons Life Span Is Shorter Than Males Due To Extreme 'Housework'
2012-10-18 10:58:01

An international team of researchers has found that female Komodo Dragons live half as long as males on average, seemingly due to their physically demanding 'housework' such as building huge nests and guarding eggs for up to six months.

2012-10-15 11:27:36

Parents from poorer backgrounds are less likely to encourage their kids to finish high school.

Vitamin B Recognizes Bacterial Infections
2012-10-11 07:45:26

Researchers in Australia recently studied how the body utilizes vitamin B to recognize bacterial infection, allowing the body’s specialized immune cells to defend against infection.

2012-08-23 01:09:01

Melbourne scientists studying the impact obesity has on pregnancy, are urging men to get ‘match fit’ before conceiving to assist with fetal development.

2012-08-08 23:53:45

Research has revealed that the extremely hot, dry and windy conditions on Black Saturday combined with structures in the atmosphere called 'horizontal convective rolls' -similar to streamers of wind flowing through the air - which likely affected fire behavior.

Shocker: Squids Are Tired After 3-hour Sex Session
2012-07-18 14:59:10

Apparently, sex can be very tiring, particularly to the Dumpling Squid. Perhaps the most amorous underwater creature, Dumpling Squid engage in coitus for close to 3 hours before calling the deed done.

2012-07-17 12:08:15

Melbourne researchers are now simulating in 3D, the motion of the complete human rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold, on Australia’s fastest supercomputer, paving the way for new drug development.

2012-07-13 10:34:12

Research from the University of Melbourne has shown that two different vaccine viruses- used simultaneously to control the same condition in chickens- have combined to produce new infectious viruses, prompting early response from Australia's veterinary medicines regulator.

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2012-07-13 10:37:54

Australian scientists looking to vaccinate chicken populations against a respiratory disease may have accidentally unleashed a disease far more deadly than the one they hoped to prevent.

2012-07-12 11:03:14

A study by the University of Melbourne has raised concerns about Hollywood’s treatment of menstruation, and whether it’s frightening girls into believing it is worse than the reality.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.