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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
The Sciences

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
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