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      August 3, 2010Biology

      Confused circadian rhythm could increase triglycerides

      Having a mixed up body clock has been linked to a vast array of ailments, including obesity and bipolar disorder. And researchers are still trying to understand just how these cyclical signals influence aspects of our cellular and organ system activity...
      August 24, 2011Evolution

      Jurassic Mammal Moves Back Marsupial Divergence

      A newly described pointy-nosed, rat-like animal did not just crawl out of some unsuspecting city's sewers. Rather, this now-extinct species spent its time scampering among prehistoric trees some 160 million years ago during China's Jurassic period...
      June 30, 2014Evolution

      Dr. Octopus Heads to the Operating Room

      Robotic surgery has proved itself to be less than perfect so far. Stiff robotic limbs, burning surfaces, numerous complications. But what if that surgeon’s assistant was less like a standard robot—and more like an octopus?...
      September 18, 2013Octopus Chronicles

      How Does That Crazy Camouflage Octopus Disappear? [Video]

      The vanishing octopus is back. This stunning cephalopod, caught on video by Roger Hanlon, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, has been making the rounds online again...
      March 7, 2014Octopus Chronicles

      Amazing Mimic Octopus Caught in Thailand [Video]

      The mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) eluded formal description until 2005. Perhaps it was this banded cephalopod’s incredible impersonation abilities that kept it from science for so long...
      March 31, 2014Biology

      Elusive Dwarf Octopuses Hatch in Captivity

      In the dark of night, between Monday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 18, dozens of fully formed baby octopuses burst forth from their outsized eggs.
      April 24, 2012Health

      Cocaine Habit Ages Brain Prematurely

      Although cocaine makes people feel more alert and on top of things in the moment, it can leave users vulnerable to a much slower brain in the long run.
      November 23, 2011Evolution

      Monarch Butterfly Genome Gives Clues about Slew of Migration Mysteries

      The millions of monarchs ( Danaus plexippus ) that flit on fragile wings from the a particular area of fir forest in Mexico—as far as 4,000 kilometers—are making the journey for the first time."They have never been to the overwintering sites before and have no relatives to follow," Steven Reppert, a neurobiologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, said in a prepared statement.So how to do these insects know where to go?...
      March 12, 2012Health

      Circumcision Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk

      Circumcision might reduce a man's risk of developing prostate cancer by 15 percent, according to new research published online March 12 in Cancer .Of 1,754 men surveyed who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, fewer—percentage-wise—had been circumcised than the 1,645 men who did not have prostate cancer...
      November 15, 2010Climate Change

      Climate projections: Visualizing global warming in the round

      BOULDER—Thin clouds of dust blow off the west coast of Africa toward the Caribbean; wisps of black carbon emissions roil over the U.S. These big-picture global chemical equations can often get lost deep in complex climate datasets...
      October 14, 2014Health

      CDC Launches Ebola Response Team

      In the two days since the second U.S. Ebola patient was diagnosed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assembled a new team to battle the threat of Ebola.
      March 2, 2009Evolution

      Found: Oldest fossilized brain ever is uncovered in Kansas

      A 300 million-year-old fossilized fish brain was discovered during a routine computed tomography (CT) scan, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ...
      March 4, 2009Health

      BPA baby bottles get the boot in one New York State county

      Officials in Suffolk County in Long Island, N.Y., this week voted to ban the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups that contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to heart disease and diabetes as well as reproductive, immune system and other health problems...
      March 6, 2009The Sciences

      Because They're Worth It: 15 women receive research grants from UNESCO and L'Oreal

      Fifteen female researchers are celebrating International Women's Day (March 8) a few days early. They've received fellowships of up to $40,000 each to pursue doctoral or post-doctoral research through the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-L'Oréal For Women in Science International Fellowship program, announced this week in Paris...
      October 12, 2009Mind & Brain

      It's all Chinese to me: Dyslexia has big differences in English and Chinese

      Chinese dyslexia may be much more complex than the English variety, according to a new paper published online today in Current Biology . English speakers who have developmental dyslexia usually don't have trouble recognizing letters visually, but rather just have a hard time connecting them to their sounds...
      October 21, 2009Evolution

      Spooky new spider weaves monster webs

      One of the largest orb-weaving spiders had remained hidden from entomologists in plain sight. The new species of giant golden orb weaver ( Nephila komaci ), which builds meter-wide webs, entangled a doctoral student who stumbled upon a specimen in a museum collection...
      August 27, 2009Health

      How fast are humans mutating?

      Humans seem to have accelerated the pace of just about everything from communication to climate change, but the rate of our genetic mutation remains slow and steady.
      September 4, 2009Health

      Are firefighters raising healthcare costs?

      Firefighters responded to at least 10 times more medical emergencies than fire-related calls across the U.S. last year, The New York Times reported yesterday.
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