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Infidelity Linked To Large Testicles
2014-01-29 10:15:23

Yngve Vogt  - University of Oslo “We can be grateful to parasites, bacteria and viruses for our ability to have sex. Even though sexual reproduction is far less efficient than non-sexual, nearly all living organisms that you can observe in your environment are based on sexual reproduction. The most important function of sex is to reshuffle the genes in each mating. In this way, the immune system develops resistance to parasites, bacteria and viruses,” explains Petter Bøckman,...

Ancient Headless Remains Offer Clues To Dietary Structure Of Vikings
2013-12-06 09:43:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has long been known that ancient Vikings buried dead slaves with their masters, but new isotopic research of ancient skeletal remains is providing at least one researcher with more evidence of how these people lived their lives – more notably what their diets were like. Elise Naumann, a PhD candidate in archeology at the University of Oslo in Norway, has made several remarkable discoveries using the skeletons that were...

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2012-02-22 05:17:13

On Saturday, a team of U.S. researchers launched a two-stage rocket containing some 500 pounds worth of instruments through an aurora, with the hopes that they will be able to learn more about how the northern lights are created and about the complex relationship between the Earth and the Sun. According to Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Reporter Sam Friedman, the 46-foot NASA rocket was launched from the Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks, Alaska at 8:41pm on February 18. The rocket...

2011-12-02 01:41:49

When a sperm fertilizes an egg, each contributes a set of chromosomes to the resulting embryo, which at these very early stages is called a zygote. Early on, zygotic genes are inert, so embryonic development is largely controlled by parental factors. The activation of the zygotic genome therefore represents an important transition toward a more autonomous mode of embryonic development, and has been the subject of much speculation and scrutiny. Now, a new study published by Cell Press on...

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2011-04-06 12:17:04

According to new research, whitening clouds by spraying them with seawater could do more harm than good for climate change. Whiter clouds reflect more solar energy back into space, which inevitably cools the Earth. However a study presented at the European Geosciences Union meeting found that using water droplets of the wrong size would lead to warming, not cooling. One scientist said it should be possible to make sure droplets were the correct size. John Latham of the University...

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2010-04-27 07:25:00

New research has confirmed that bad habits, such as smoking, drinking, eating fatty foods, and not getting enough exercise, can cut 12 years off of your life. A team of researchers studied 4,886 British adult men and women for two decades. They observed four different habits to find out which subjects smoked tobacco regularly, drank two (for women) or three (for men) alcoholic beverages daily, failed to complete at least two hours of physical activity weekly, and ate fewer than three combined...

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2010-03-01 15:46:28

Researchers sequence the oldest ancient genome to date from a mammal A rare, ancient polar bear fossil discovered in Norway in 2004 is yielding a treasure trove of essential information about the age and evolutionary origins of the species whose future is now seen as synonymous with the devastation wrought by climate change. A paper published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers at Penn State University, the University at Buffalo, the...

2009-12-21 15:48:59

A group of Norwegian and American researchers have shown that common variations in genes associated with microcephaly "“ a neuro-developmental disorder in which brain size is dramatically reduced "“ may explain differences in brain size in healthy individuals as well as in patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders. The study, which involved collaboration between researchers from the University of Oslo, the University of California, San Diego and Scripps Translational...

2009-05-19 11:10:00

47 Million Year Old Primate Fossil Set to Revolutionize Understanding of Human Evolution -- HISTORY SPECIAL DOCUMENTING DISCOVERY TO AIR MAY 25 AT 9PM ET/PT -- NEW YORK, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- HISTORY, together with the University of Oslo and the Senckenberg Research Institute, today reveal a landmark scientific find: the 47 million year old fossilized remains of a primate. The most complete fossil primate ever found, the young female specimen -- known as "Ida" -- is set to revolutionize...


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