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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘biology’

Google’s Anti-Aging Company Calico Gets A Website

As you may recall, Google announced the formation of a new company called Calico lat fall, aimed at studying aging and its effects on health and well-being (or as some us put it, keeping us from dying). SFGate discovered (via Business Insider) that Calico now has a website up at CalicoLabs.com. Here’s what it says: We’re tackling aging, one of …

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The Earliest Life Form Found So Far is in Australia

The Guardian is reporting that Earth’s earliest life form has been found in Australia. An Aussie research team accompanied by some U.S. scientists discovered a series of “complex microbial ecosystems” they date to 3.5 billion years ago. The find was made in Australia’s western Pilbara region in rock sediments considered to be some of the oldest found. In a rock …

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New Bacteria Found in NASA, ESA Clean Rooms

Researchers this week revealed that a new genus of bacteria has been discovered in some of the cleanest places on Earth. A paper published in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology names the new bacteria “Tersicoccus phoenicis.” The “berry-shaped” bacteria was found in spacecraft clean rooms on two different continents. One was a NASA clean room located at …

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Study Confirms Humans Came From Africa Using… Herpes

Scientists have debated, since such discussions were made permissible, the origins of the human species: did we come from Asia? Africa? Maybe even the Middle East? Until very recently, many of these theories had equal merit. However, a study of the complete genetic code of the herpes simplex virus type one (HSV-1), notorious for its oral cold sores, has confirmed …

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Biologist Discovers New Species of Tick… Up Nose

ScienceDaily reported that American biologist Tony Goldberg regularly travels to Kibale National Park in western Uganda to watch how infectious diseases travel throughout the wilds, but something he did not anticipate was finding an undiscovered species of tick up his nose. A Wisconsin native and familiar with his local tick population, he’d never heard of anyone having a tick in …

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Homosexual Necrophilia Is Apparently A Thing In Ducks

What do you do when you see a male duck attempting to have sex with a dead male duck? Most would probably be a little weirded out and walk away. One biologist, however, saw a rare occurrence in nature, and decided to publish a study on it. That study earned him the prestigious Ig Nobel Prize, and a place in …

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Humans Wiped Out Tiger, Not Disease, Shows Study

A new study from the University of Adelaide has shown that humans, not diseases, were responsible for the extinction of the Tasmanian tiger. The Tasmanian tiger, also known as thylacine, was a marsupial carnivore found in Tasmania until the species went extinct in the 1930s. According to researchers, the Tasmanian government encouraged the hunting of the animals from 1886 until …

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Flickr Helps Scientists Discover New Species Of Insect

I always thought that we knew everything there ever was to know about insects. They’re everywhere and they’re not exactly hard to find. Where would we ever find new species? A Flickr user, Hock Ping Guek, took some pictures of an insect, but only found out later that he had discovered an entirely new species. A scientific report recently came …

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