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Stories by Lynne Peeples

New HIV strain originated in gorillas

Chimps are not the only animals that can harbor and introduce HIV into human populations, according to a new report. A 62-year-old woman, who recently arrived in Paris after living in Cameroon, is thought to be the first human to carry a strain of HIV originating in a gorilla...

August 4, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Cold-blooded critters in hot water: Could global warming shorten the life spans of some animals?

Spanish pearl mussels don’t usually make it into their 30s. The same species bathing in Russia, however, can live for nearly 200 years.

The secret to the Russian pearls’ longevity may be slowly undermined if Earth’s seas continue to warm, because cooler waters supply the fountain of mussel youth, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ...

July 27, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Swine stench spurs multimillion-dollar settlements

Pigs are plummeting in popularity, and there’s more to blame than just the H1N1 virus. Swine’s smell alone is irking many people. 

For Ed and Ruth McEowen, who live across the road from six barns filled with 7,500 hogs and their excrement, a gaseous smell was enough to fuel a nuisance lawsuit against the barns’ owner and hog supplier...

July 21, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Secret of jockey's strange posture revealed

In October of 1898, The N ew York Times reported on an American jockey named James Forman “Tod” Sloan who had begun riding his horse “crouched well forward on his mount’s neck.” The Times further noted that Sloan had "astonished the English turfmen and jockeys not only by his style of riding which is peculiar to him, but also by his great success.” Now, more than a century after Sloan debuted the crouching technique, scientists have figured out how the now-standard riding posture boosts performance...

July 16, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Smart spiders spy on Mount Saint Helens

A dozen stainless steel spiders descended from a helicopter into the crater of Mount Saint Helens yesterday. As Seattle’s KOMO News reported, the “pods are small and tough enough to reach places no man dares” to go...

July 15, 2009 — Lynne Peeples
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