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Are energy drinks associated with binge drinking, alcohol-related social problems and misuse of prescription drugs among musicians?

in environment, medicine, biology

According to University of Buffalo researchers, frequent use of energy drinks is associated with binge drinking, alcohol-related social problems and misuse of prescription drugs among musicians.

Down Syndrome: A Gift Of God?

in medicine, biology

"Every child is created special, with awesome purpose and amazing potential." Sarah Palin's ‘letter from God’ refers to Trig Palin's Down syndrome.  Down syndrome is the most common single cause of human birth defects.

UC Davis researchers say evolution cannot outpace climate change- a copepod study

in biology

Can a copepod answer whether evolution can outpace climate change? Animals and plants may not be able to evolve their way out of the threat posed by climate change, according to a UC Davis study of a tiny seashore animal- a copepod.

Fossils from the Yukon reveal protective plates for microscopic organisms

in biology

In summer 2007, two geologists armed with rock hammers and a shotgun hiked through the Yukon, looking for fossils.

Insulin Action In The Brain Can Lead To Obesity- How Fat-rich Food Makes You Fat

in medicine, biology

Is insulin a culprit in fat-food making you fat? Apparently insulin is a culprit.  A new study shows how the hormone insulin acts in the part of the brain known as the ventromedial hypothalamus and control your eating habit.   Ventromedial hypothalamus is the part of the brain associated with satiety. 

Understanding Cancer Energetics-Johns Hopkins researchers solve mystery of Warburg effect

in medicine, biology, omics

A new paper published in the journal Cell reports how cancer cells control oxygen utilization. Cancer cells have been known to consume a lot of sugar to stay alive. In fact, where normal, noncancerous cells generate energy from using some sugar and a lot of oxygen, cancerous cells use virtually no oxygen and a lot of sugar.

Largest Biochemical Circuit Built Using Small Synthetic DNA Molecules- A DNA-based Device

in technology, medicine, biology, omics

Caltech researchers say they have built the most complex biochemical circuit ever created from scratch. This biochemical circuit was made with DNA-based devices in a test tube that are analogous to the electronic transistors on a computer chip.

Women were more social? Female hominins were more likely than males to get out of their groups.

in biology

A new paper published in Nature suggests that female hominins were more likely than males to get out of their native groups, kind of socialization!  This inference was based upon the finding that female hominins had smaller teeth and these smaller teeth had non-native form of strontium isotope compositions.