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The Elusive G-spot: Even Scientists Can’t Find It!
2012-01-20 14:38:24

Many an intrepid lover has sought in vain for that legendary spring of erogenous pleasure known in pop culture simply as ℠the G-spot´. Yet mounting research suggests that the mythical female sexual organ may be just that: a myth. A team of scientists recently reviewed some 100 scientific studies on sexuality conducted over the past sixty years, and they say there´s simply no conclusive evidence corroborating the existence of the G-spot. “Objective measures have...

2011-12-23 01:04:22

Yale researchers have uncovered the molecular tricks used by bacteria to fight the effects of fluoride, which is commonly used in toothpaste and mouthwash to combat tooth decay. In the Dec. 22 online issue of the journal Science Express, the researchers report that sections of RNA messages called riboswitches — which control the expression of genes – detect the build-up of fluoride and activate the defenses of bacteria, including those that contribute to tooth decay. "These...

2011-12-05 11:17:01

Yale Cancer Center researchers have shown that a tiny genetic variation predicts chances of survival and response to treatment for patients with ovarian cancer. The findings, published in the journal Oncogene, provide new insights into the biology of a new class of cancer marker and suggest a genetic test may help guide the treatment of women with ovarian cancer. "This gives us a way to identify which women are at highest risk for resistance to platinum chemotherapy, the standard...

Image 1 - How Does Your Brain Benefit From Meditation?
2011-11-22 04:57:16

Experienced meditators seem to be able switch off areas of the brain associated with daydreaming as well as psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, according to a new brain imaging study by Yale researchers. Meditation's ability to help people stay focused on the moment has been associated with increased happiness levels, said Judson A. Brewer, assistant professor of psychiatry and lead author of the study published the week of Nov. 21 in the Proceedings of the National...

2011-09-05 11:21:00

Evolution adds and subtracts, and nowhere is this math more evident than in vertebrates, which are programmed to have five digits on each limb. But many species do not. Snakes, of course, have no digits, and birds have three. Yale scientists now have a good handle on how these developmental changes are orchestrated in the embryo, but there is still one outstanding debate on birds: Which digits are they: a thumb with index and middle fingers, or the index, middle and ring fingers? In...

2011-08-25 21:30:29

Yale University researchers have successfully re-engineered the protein-making machinery in bacteria, a technical tour de force that promises to revolutionize the study and treatment of a variety of diseases. "Essentially, we have expanded the genetic code of E. coli, which allows us synthesize special forms of proteins that can mimic natural or disease states," said Jesse Rinehart of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and co-corresponding author of the research published...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'