Day: November 24, 2015

New Insight In Fat Cell Metabolism Could Boost Treatment For Diabetes & Obesity

A new study conducted by scientists from the University of California provides new insight into fat cell metabolism. The findings might help to understand certain conditions relating to diabetics and obese patients. The paper is published in the Nature Chemical Biology. The results of the new study are relevant to fat cell metabolism pertaining to the

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First Known Use of Beeswax: In 7000 BCE In Anatolia

A new study has provided new information pertaining to how human interest in bees and their products might have originated. An international team of researchers examined 6,400 ceramic containers (from the oldest pottery cultures) that existed back in the Neolithic period from regions of Near East (Western Asia), Europe and North Africa that make up

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Natural Compass in Many Animals Is Due To A Nano-Scale Protein

A new study suggests that some animals can detect the magnetic field of the Earth thanks to aggregates of proteins that prompt their nervous system allowing them to have a sense of direction. The paper is published in Nature Materials. Aimed at finding the mechanism that governs the ability of some animals to navigate themselves,

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Vampire Bats Share Blood With Mates To Obtain Help During Times of Starvation

Scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours ― vampire bats have their own version of the saying. A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B indicates that the creatures feed others of their kind with blood so that the latter return the favour during times of need. Vampire bats normally feed on

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Marine Mollusc Has Multiple Eyes Spread On Its Hard Shell

What do you do if you have an armour as protection and you also need to see potential predators? Chitons, molluscs with living tissues embedded in their shells, have an astounding way to reconcile the two needs: their armour is riddled with eyes! The armoured shells of chitons, therefore, serve both the purpose of protection and

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Bats Use Their Heavy Wings To Land Upside Down

Have you ever wondered how do bats land upside down on a ceiling? This maneuver of theirs has puzzled scientists for long now. A new study led by Brown University researchers has fortunately shed light on the amazing ability of the creature. The paper entitled “Falling with Style: Bats Perform Complex Aerial Rotations by Adjusting

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Human Share 70% of Their Genes With Marine Acorn Worms

Humans share thousands of genes with deep-sea worms, say scientists who have recently analysed the genome of two species of marine acorn worms. Their paper is published in the journal Nature. Genes were taken from two acorn worms –namely Ptychodera flava from Hawaii, and Saccoglossus kowalevskii from the Atlantic Ocean –for analysis. The worms are

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World’s First Cyborg Plant: A Rose Embedded With Electronic Circuits

The vascular system of roses has been used to construct electronic circuits by scientists from the Linköping University in Sweden. The findings are published in Science Advances. Roses might just have another use – the birthplace of analogue and digital electronic circuits. Researchers from Linköping University put together different electrical components (wires, and digital logic,

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Graphene Creation Just Became Cheaper Than Ever

Scientists from Scotland have come up with a much cheaper method for the production of graphene. Their findings are hoped to fuel other research works entailing the creation of innovative devices. The paper is available in Scientific Reports. The advantages of graphene – strong, light, flexible, able to conduct heat and electricity – seem to

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