Category: Plants & Animals

New Hormone, MOTS-c, Restores Insulin Sensitivity in Mice

A hormone has been discovered that is nothing short of a miracle molecule. When used on mice, the latter’s metabolism was boosted, while they also lost weight. Ah, the new secret for weight-loss products, perhaps? The study was published in the journal Cell Metabolism. The new hormone has been called MOTS-c. It was observed targeting

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Limpet Teeth Stronger Than Spider Silk & Kevlar

A new discovery has shown that the teeth of a limpet species, commonly known as sea snail, is tougher than Kevlar and stronger than spider silk. The findings have been published in a report in the Royal Society journal Interface. Photomicrograph of limpet teeth. Limpet teeth win the race The species of limpet mentioned in

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Norway Rats Return The Favour According To What They Received Before

A new study shows that rats are more likely to help those of their own which do them greater favours with a better-quality help than those giving less than that. Humans as well as other animals have developed the art of cooperative behaviour whereby one reciprocates help given by another. We have learned to return

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Anti-HIV Vaccine Is Successful On Monkeys


According to a team of scientists from the US, monkeys were protected from deadly HIV via a vaccination. Vaccines have never worked against HIV which affects the very immune system of the host while vaccines are to assist the latter to deal with infections. To counter this predicament, the researchers modified the DNA of the

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Bionic Leaf & Bacterial Species Work Together to Produce Biofuel

Scientists have produced a bionic leaf imitating the natural process of photosynthesis that works in concert with a bacterial species to manufacture a biofuel known as isopropanol. In a world where the hunger for fuel remains insatiable, research to finding alternative sources of energy is perhaps being funded to a larger extent than endeavours to

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Penguins Cannot Taste Fish, Says New Study

Penguins cannot taste fish, according to a new study, in spite of the fact that they feed on fish that thrive in their environments. Penguins hunting for fish in polar waters We have been endowed with the ability to enjoy and find pleasure in quenching our basic need for food: while our bodies are adapted

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Tilapia Fish Collagen Used in Wound Dressings Causes Faster Healing

Using Tilapia fish collagen in wound dressings might be more beneficial than using collagen derived from cows or pigs that carry the risk of infections, according to a new study. Furthermore, the findings suggest that the wound dressings made from Tilapia collagen allow for faster healing. A species of the Tilapia fish. Photo credits: Bjørn Christian

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Is This A Living Rock With Organs? – The P. Chilensis Is Also A Delicacy

Ladies and gentlemen, meet P. chilensis, the ‘rock’ organism that appears to be sheltering ‘organs’ in its midst. It can literally have sex with its own self, is eaten by people of Chile and Peru, and contains high levels of vanadium in its blood. Photo credit: Arvid Puschnig So much of the ocean is hidden

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Scariest Frilled Shark Captured in Australia For the First Time

The shark known as the living fossil, the frilled shark, has been spotted in Australia. Some fishermen in the vicinity of Lakes Entrance in Victoria managed to pull the creature out of the water. According to biologists, the shark dates back from 80 million years ago. The species found is thought to be one of

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Tilda, The Orangutan That Whistles To Get More Food

An orangutan from a zoo in Germany has been observed to emit human-like sounds, probably to communicate her need for more food to those caring for her. This is how Tilda became the first reported wild-born orangutan to make human vocalizations. This case indicates that other apes, even those from the distant past, might have

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A Child Can Resemble The Ex-Boyfriends Of A Mother – At least in Flies

A new study on flies has suggested that past male mates might have an impact on the future offspring of females in situations where the actual male parent is another individual entirely. The researchers believe that the eggs of the females might have absorbed some of the seminal fluids of their ex-partners that persist in their systems

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