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How the zebra earned its stripes

Paris - Zebras have stripes to deter the tsetse and other blood-sucking flies, according to a fresh bid to settle a debate that has raged among biologists for over 140 years.
In the Media by Richard Ingham (AFP)

Humans can detect one trillion smells: study

Washington - The human nose can distinguish at least one trillion different odors, millions more than previously estimated, US researchers said Thursday.For decades, scientists accepted that humans could detect only 10,000 scents, putting the sense of smell well be...
In the Media by Jean-Louis Santini (AFP)

Humans can detect 1 trillion smells

Washington - The human nose can distinguish at least one trillion different odors, millions more than previously estimated, US researchers said Thursday.For decades, scientists accepted that humans could detect only 10,000 scents, putting the sense of smell well be...
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Good dads make for bigger babies

A biological research scientist at Simon Fraser University has conducted an insightful study suggesting that the entire Animal Kingdom seems to benefit when helpful dads stick around.
In the Media by Scott Sawitz

Scientists discover four new lizard species in California

Berkeley - Biologists based in California this week announced the discovery of four new species of legless lizards. Nothing unusual about that, you might think. But the discovery wasn't made thousands of miles away. Quite the contrary.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Did life-triggering phosphorus come from outer space?

Life may well not exist in outer space, however some scientists argue that life-triggering phosphorus was carried to Earth on meteorites.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Can kidneys be recycled?

Can kidneys be recycled? A new science paper suggests that kidneys could be put to use as raw material for engineering new kidneys.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Op-Ed: The Link to Homosexuality and Biology

Scientists have made the link between genetics and homosexuality. Can this finally be the validation that the LGBT community has been waiting for?
In the Media by Erin P. Capuano - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Making The Argument For DeExtinction

As the conversation about deextinction heats up, many people are asking themselves if it's even possible, and if so, should mankind be 'playing God'.
In the Media by Jeff Campagna - 1 comment

Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome at 103

Rome - Italian Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini died Sunday at her home in Rome at the age of 103, according to a statement from Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno. Mr. Alemanno called her death a great loss "for all of humanity."
In the Media by Layne Weiss
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Math meets nature

Flocks of birds, schools of fish, and groups of any other living organisms might have a mathematical function in...
Mar 8, 2013 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Online Map of Life

Map of Life, a new interactive website the draws on a diverse source of datasets to map species across the globe, is...
Aug 3, 2012 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle

Naturally occurring molecules enhance antibiotic performance

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), led by Charles Serhan, PhD, director of the BWH Experimental...
Jun 29, 2012 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Whitehouse Plan for a Bioeconomy

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Apr 28, 2012 in  New Science by Tim Sandle

Identifying Bacteria - Introducing the Gram Stain

Microorganisms found in pharmaceutical and healthcare environments require identification in order to determine the...
Dec 2, 2011 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle
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