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    Most extreme female penis is found on cave lice

    The most dramatic genital-shape reversal known — females with long, insertable organs and males with corresponding pouches — has turned up in bark lice living in Brazilian caves.A female in each of the four Neotrogla species extends a skinny structure up to 15 percent the length of her body into a genital pocket in the male’s body, reports entomologist Kazunori Yoshizawa of Hokkaido...
    04/17/2014 - 13:17 Animals, Evolution
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    Scent of a fruit fly larva comes from its gut microbes

    Fruit fly larvae’s alluring and socially important odor turns out not to come from the flies at all, but from their gut microbes.Scent is a big deal to Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Both adults and larvae tend to shun untouched food in favor of clustering where larvae have already fed, researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada,...
    04/16/2014 - 18:00 Animals, Microbes
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    Excitons' motions captured in images

    Quasiparticles called excitons transfer energy through materials such as solar cells, LEDs, semiconductor circuits and even plant cells. Now, that motion has been observed and captured in images, researchers report April 16 in ...
    04/16/2014 - 12:45 Quantum Physics
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    Triclosan aids nasal invasions by staph

    Sneezing out antimicrobial snot may sound like a superpower, but it actually could be a handicap.Triclosan, an omnipresent antimicrobial compound found in products ranging from soaps and toothpaste to medical equipment, is already known to show up in people’s urine, serum and breast milk. It seeps in through ingestion or skin exposure. Now, researchers have found that it gets into snot, too. And...
    04/15/2014 - 14:46 Health, Microbes, Toxicology
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    Modern hunter-gatherers' guts host distinct microbes

    Tanzania’s Hadza hunter-gatherers have guts teeming with bacteria much more diverse than what's found in Italians' intestines. But the foragers don't have Bifidobacterium, which is considered healthy, and do have more Treponema and other microbes that signal disease in Western populations. Hadza men and women even have major differences in their gut microbes.These differences...
    04/15/2014 - 12:27 Genetics
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    IPCC calls for swift switch to alternative power

    The best scenario for slowing global warming by 2100 requires the world to triple or quadruple by 2050 its use of renewable energy and sources of energy that emit only low amounts of greenhouse gases.The recommendation comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its third and final report of its fifth...
    04/13/2014 - 19:49 Climate
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    How urine will get us to Mars

    Every day, you flush a liter or two of urine down the toilet. Unless you live in one of the dry places considering toilet-to-tap systems, you probably never consider drinking it.But if humans are ever going to get to Mars, we’re going to get there drinking our own pee. Now scientists have built a...
    04/11/2014 - 16:38 Chemistry
  • Wild Things

    Lionfish grow wary after culling

    The beauty of the lionfish, with its striking stripes and decorative fins, has made the members of the genus Pterois popular for aquariums. That popularity may have led to two species of the fish (P. volitans and P. miles) to make their way into the Atlantic, where they’ve become troublesome invasive...
    04/11/2014 - 11:30 Animals, Conservation
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    Small sperm whale species share a diet

    Herman Melville may have made the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) famous with Moby Dick, but there are other good reasons why you may not be familiar with the huge predator’s smaller cousins, the pygmy and dwarf sperm whales (...
    04/09/2014 - 12:30 Animals
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    See-through shrimp flex invisible muscle

    Much of the body of a Pederson’s transparent shrimp looks like watery nothing, but it’s a superhero sort of nothing. The shrimp is transparent enough to read through, but it’s not some frail, filmy thing. It’s packed with invisible muscle.Searching for Ancylomenes pedersoni shrimp has a touch of the summer-camp prank about it, being a hunt for something that’s mostly invisible. On a...
    04/08/2014 - 11:02 Animals