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  1. News - World - SCIENCE

    Modern humans' ancestors coaxed onto two legs by rough terrain, study finds

    Posted May 27th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... The research challenges the common theory that early hominins- members of the broad human family- were forced onto two feet because climate change reduced the number of trees they could live in. According to the new hypothesis, it is not why they left the ...

  2. Lifestyle - Technology - TECHNOLOGY

    Viper's light-absorbing black scales are a wonder of nature's nanotechnology

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... The West African Gaboon viper, one of the largest in Africa and a master of camouflage, has dark spots in the pattern of its skin that are deep, velvety black and reflect very little light. ...

  3. Lifestyle - Technology - SHORT SCIENCE

    Short Science, April 14, 2013

    Posted Apr 14th 2013, 12:57am

    ... the players who scored the most home runs had the highest fWHR, said the study in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. Previous research has focused on Caucasians, not Asians. The new data ...

  4. Lifestyle - Technology - EVOLUTION

    New study reverses theory of chameleons' origins

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris A new study of 174 species may end the debate regarding the reptile's origin Chameleons rafted from Africa to Madagascar Chameleons took to the waves to migrate from Africa to Madagascar about 65 million years ago, said a study published last week that seeks to resolve a roiling biological debate. The vast majority of the 195 chameleon species ...

  5. Unlocking patterns of nature

    Posted Oct 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... answered all the questions- we can never do that- but it is a first step in an entirely new direction.' The findings explain some basic principles in biology, which are crucial for developing ... done on a very basic form of bacteria. 'If you look at the biological structures of human beings, there are a lot of repeated structures like the number of our fingers. How can we tune ...

  6. Monsters of the deep

    Posted Oct 07th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Giant creatures have long been said to inhabit the waters of Mongolia and the surrounding region. Now, sonar images of something measuring six metres floating in remote Lake Hovsgol have added to the mystery. Didi Kirsten Tatlow investigates. Diver Dave W ...

  7. Lifestyle - Technology - SHORT SCIENCE

    Short Science, June 16, 2013

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Palaeontologists have made the surprising evolutionary discovery that ancient fish may have had abdominal muscles, previously thought to have only developed in land animals. ...

  8. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Genetic switches likely to help fight disease

    Posted Sep 09th 2012, 12:00am by GUARDIAN

    ... will reverberate, and the eventual outcome will not be easy to predict. Systems biology, a new science, is simultaneously trying to unravel the circuit boards to make better predictions. Few doubt that gene ...

  9. Naming Nature

    Posted Aug 01st 2010, 12:00am by Michael Clugston

    ... with a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology, has a masterful eye for colour, story and structure, and an ear for fun. Humans, she argues, have a natural need to name plants and animals, to make sense of the world we live in- 'one of the... irrepressible functions of being a human being, of being alive'. This is driven by our umwelt, a German term used in biology to denote how ...

  10. News - World - HEALTH

    Testosterone may cut short lives of men, study of Korean eunuchs finds

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... on Monday in the scientific journal Current Biology, used detailed genealogical records of the imperial nobility during Korea's Joseon dynasty, from the late 1300s to the early 1900s. According ... biologically, they married, adopted and raised children, and generally had very similar lives to their non-castrated peers. Modern men looking to extend their lifespan could consider "testosterone ...




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