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Gene That Protects Against Osteoarthritis Identified (Biology)

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common problems associated with aging, and although there are therapies to treat the pain that results from the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions joints, there are no available therapies to modify the course of the disease. 548 more words

Biology

How The Insect Got Its Wings: Scientists (at last!) Tell the Tale (Biology)

It sounds like a “Just So Story” – “How the Insect Got its Wings” – but it’s really a mystery that has puzzled biologists for over a century. 821 more words

Biology

Scientists Discover Role of Protein in Detecting The Common Cold Virus (Biology)

The role of a protein in detecting the common cold virus and kickstarting an immune response to fight infection has been uncovered by a team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the National University of Singapore. 749 more words

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Rock-a-bye fly: Why Vibrations Lead to Sleepiness (Biology)

Researchers discover that gentle vibration can induce sleep in flies through a simple form of learning.

It is common practice to rock babies to sleep. Children and grownups also get drowsy during long car rides. 557 more words

Biology

The Biological Roots of Intelligence

n 1987, political scientist James Flynn of the University of Otago in New Zealand documented a curious phenomenon: broad intelligence gains in multiple human populations over time. 166 more words

Intelligence

Molecule That Regulates Muscle Adaptation to Exercise Is Discovered (Biology)

An article in Cell shows that the metabolite succinate is released by muscle cells during physical exercise and triggers a process of tissue remodeling that makes muscles stronger and enhances metabolic efficiency… 1,274 more words

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Molecular 'Barcode' Helps Decide Which Sperm Will Reach an Egg (Biology)

A study in mice provides insights on the processes that determine which sperm will reach an egg to fertilise it, a discovery that may aid infertility research. 691 more words

Biology