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Russian Crocodile With A Ringing Cell Phone In The Tummy

in technology, environment, biology, education

Oops! the crocodile swallowed the visitor's cell phone.  The Ukranian aquarium workers did not believe until the phone started ringing in the crocodile. The crocodile swallowed the Nokia cell phone when the visitor, Rimma Golovko, dropped it in the water.  The phone slipped out of her hands when she extended her hand to take a snap the crocodile opening his mouth.

Reddit Takes On DNA Teleportation Idea Of Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier

in technology, biology, education

Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier says DNA can be teleported. According to a recent paper he published "It was shown clearly that (from the results described in the paper) the water nanostructures and their electromagnetic resonance can faithfully perpetuate DNA information." 

Banding Penguins To Track Them For Climate Study Harm Them, Yield Wrong Data

in environment, biology

A new study shows that research data obtained by flipper-banding penguins may not be reliable and such techniques are  more likely to harm the penguins.  The controversial study was published in today's online issue of Nature magazine. 

Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of 2

in environment, medicine, biology, education

Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of 2, according to research from psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Genome Sequenced From Ancient Female's Bone From Denisova Cave Show Modern Connection

in biology, omics

Scientists from Max Planck Institute sequenced the nuclear genome from a bone obtained from the cave Denisova in Siberia and conclude that her genome is more closer to the present-day human than the Neanderthals, who also inhabited the cave area the same time.  This data demonstrate a more complex pattern of human migration and evolution.

Drugs Reward And Alter Brain- How About Overeating?

in medicine, biology

If you've ever wondered why it's hard to stay on a diet, consider this observation from Ralph DiLeone, a brain scientist at Yale University: "The motivation to take cocaine in the case of a drug addict is probably engaging similar circuits that the motivation to eat is in a hungry person."

Chemistry of Life Changes-NASA Scientists Put Arsenic On Life Backbone

in environment, biology

Arsenic was not known to be important in the formation of life, it was always considered as a poison.  Now NASA scientists say life can very well sustain if arsenic replaces phosphorous in the basic builiding blocks of life, DNA and RNA.

Mammals Got Bigger After The Extinction of Dinosaurs

in environment, biology

National Science Foundation funded scientists say that mammals got bigger after the dinosaurs disappeared from the face of the earth.  NSF enabled the assembly of an international, interdisciplinary team that was the first to quantitatively document body size patterns over the past 100 million years.