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Researchers Build World's Largest Disease Association Network

Researchers Build World's Largest Disease Association Network

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created Apr 15, 2009 | popularity 4.6 / 5 (12) | comments 3

(PhysOrg.com) -- If you suffer from hypertension, how much does your risk for developing diabetes or other illnesses increase? Medical experts have long known that many diseases are related to one another, ...


The role of inbreeding in the extinction of the Spanish Habsburg dynasty

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created Apr 15, 2009 | popularity 4.8 / 5 (4) | comments 2

The powerful Habsburg dynasty ruled Spain and its empire from 1516 to 1700 but when King Charles II died in 1700 without any children from his two marriages, the male line died out and the French Bourbon dynasty came to power ...


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Why Do We Have Fingerprints?

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created Apr 04, 2009 | popularity 4.1 / 5 (24) | comments 14

(PhysOrg.com) -- Unlike most wrinkles on our bodies, which appear due to bending and stretching of the skin, fingerprints aren't the result of repeated motion. Each of us is born with a unique set of them, ...


Darwin egg from Beagle voyage found by museum volunteer

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created Apr 10, 2009 | popularity 3.6 / 5 (11) | comments 2

(PhysOrg.com) -- An egg collected by Charles Darwin while on HMS Beagle - and thought to be the last such specimen known to exist - has been rediscovered by an octogenarian volunteer at Cambridge University's Zoology Museum.


Red pandas reveal an unexpected (artificial) sweet tooth

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created Apr 15, 2009 | popularity 4 / 5 (1) | comments 0

Researchers from the Monell Center report that the red panda is the first non-primate mammal to display a liking for the artificial sweetener aspartame. This unexpected affinity for an artificial sweetener may reflect structural ...


UC Riverside researcher names lichen after President Barack Obama

UC Riverside researcher names lichen after President Barack Obama

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created Apr 15, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (2) | comments 0

A researcher at UC Riverside has discovered a new species of lichen - a plant-like growth that looks like moss or a dry leaf - and named it after President Barack Obama.


Ancestors of African Pygmies and neighboring farmers separated around 60,000 years ago

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created Apr 10, 2009 | popularity 4.6 / 5 (5) | comments 0

All African Pygmies, inhabiting a large territory extending west-to-east along Central Africa, descend from a unique population who lived around 20,000 years ago, according to an international study led by researchers at ...


Scripps scientists help decode mysterious green glow of the sea

Scientists help decode mysterious green glow of the sea

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created Apr 01, 2009 | popularity 4.5 / 5 (12) | comments 0

Many longtime sailors have been mesmerized by the dazzling displays of green light often seen below the ocean surface in tropical seas. Now researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego ...


Is love at first sight real? Geneticists offer tantalizing clues

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created Apr 07, 2009 | popularity 4.3 / 5 (3) | comments 0

Leave it to geneticists to answer a question that has perplexed humanity since the dawn of time: does love at first sight truly exist? According to a study published in the April 2009 issue of the journal Genetics, a team ...


Lilies Deadly to Cats, Veterinarians Warn

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created Apr 03, 2009 | popularity 4.7 / 5 (3) | comments 1

Lilies, a floral reminder that winter has passed, frequently appear in homes during spring holidays as potted plants or cut flowers. But for cats, many lilies can be as lethal as they are lovely.


Novel method predicts impact of a covert anthrax release

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created Apr 10, 2009 | popularity not rated yet | comments 0

A new statistical method that can estimate the origin and time of an aerosolized release of the pathogen causing anthrax, following detection of the first few cases has been developed by researchers from the Medical Research ...


Tropics are a boon for baby girls

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created Apr 01, 2009 | popularity 1 / 5 (1) | comments 1

Couples hoping for a baby girl might be best advised to go and live in Africa, if a study published on Wednesday is correct.


Stem cell cultures are held up in a US lab

Obama to reverse Bush limits on stem-cell research

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created Mar 06, 2009 | popularity 4.6 / 5 (9) | comments 31

US President Barack Obama will on Monday sign an executive order reversing Bush administration restrictions on federal funding for stem-cell research, a senior administration official said.


US wages war on bugs afflicting troops abroad (AP)

US wages war on bugs afflicting troops abroad

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created Apr 10, 2009 | popularity not rated yet | comments 1

(AP) -- Fluorescent rodent feces, a promising new mosquito repellant and a better flytrap are all part of a war on bugs designed to protect U.S. troops around the world.


Yeast biology yields insights into human knowledge expansion

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created Mar 20, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (2) | comments 0

How does human knowledge expand over time? Intriguing as the question is, it's not easy to investigate, due to the difficulty of measuring knowledge and its spread.




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