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August 10, 2014
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Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles

Invertebrate numbers have decreased by 45% on average over a 35 year period in which the human population doubled, reports a study on the impact of humans on declining animal numbers.  This decline matters because of the enormous benefits invertebrates … Continue reading

June 13, 2013
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Brainwaves reflect ability to beat built-in bias

Many animals, including humans, harbor ingrained biases to act when they can obtain rewards and to remain inactive to avoid punishment. Sometimes, however those biases can steer us wrong. A new study finds that theta brainwave activity in the prefrontal … Continue reading

March 6, 2013
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Ancient Lamprey DNA Decoded

When it comes to evolution, humans can learn a thing or two from primeval sea lampreys. In the current issue of Nature Genetics, a team of scientists has presented an assembly of the sea lamprey genome – the first time … Continue reading

May 31, 2012
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OSU Grad Student’s Study on Salamander Fitness Selected for Scifund Challenge

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio State University graduate student’s study of the unprecedented reproductive practices among unisexual salamanders has earned the support of the national research crowd-funding initiative known as the SciFund Challenge. Robert Denton, a Ph.D. student in the … Continue reading

December 3, 2011
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Frogs’ Amazing Leaps Due to Springy Tendons

*The secret to frogs’ superlative jumping lies in their tendons. Researchers at Brown University, filming frogs jumping at 500 frames per second with special X-ray technology, show that the frog’s tendon stretches as it readies its leap and then recoils, … Continue reading

July 28, 2011
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Sea Squirt Cells Shed Light on Cancer Development

*Specialized structures used by cancer cells to invade tissues could also help them escape protection mechanisms aimed at eliminating them, a UA-led research team has discovered.* Delicate, threadlike protrusions used by cancer cells when they invade other tissues in the … Continue reading