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Single-Dose Cures for Malaria, Other Diseases
A leading researcher issues a call for pills that deliver a full course of treatment in one swallow.One of the world’s preëminent biomedical researchers is calling for a concerted effort by scientists to develop pills that would stay in the stomach or gut for weeks or months once swallowed, delivering one or more drugs continuously or over set intervals.
Evolution
Source: Technology Review
Posted on: Thursday, Mar 26, 2015, 8:35am
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Study shows humans are evolving faster than previously thought
Results of largest ever genetics study of a single population could also help refine dates for major events during human evolution Humans are evolving more rapidly than previously thought, according to the largest ever genetics study of a single population.
Genetics
Source: TheGuardian
Posted on: Thursday, Mar 26, 2015, 8:35am
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Mystery of Darwin's strange South American mammals solved
To 19th century British naturalist Charles Darwin, they were the strangest animals yet discovered, one looking like a hybrid of a hippo, rhino and rodent and another resembling a humpless camel with an elephant's trunk.
Evolution
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Thursday, Mar 19, 2015, 7:50am
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Tongues may have evolved from a mouthful of water
Slow-motion X-ray footage of mudskippers using a "water tongue" to capture food on land offers a clue to the way tongues evolved
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015, 11:47am
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Rare Collection of Whale Fetuses Reveals the Evolution of Cetacean Hearing
Smithsonian researchers offer up an unprecedented glimpse at the development of the “acoustic funnel,” an ear area found exclusively in whales
Evolution
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Thursday, Mar 12, 2015, 11:38am
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How the praying mantis avoids a crash landing
Researchers find that the insect known for pouncing on its prey has one of nature's most intricate jumps
Evolution
Source: CBSNews
Posted on: Friday, Mar 06, 2015, 9:10am
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Zoologger: Moustache helps hipster spider catch prey
How do you attract food if you're a spider hunting in pitch-dark at night? Evolve a bright moustache, of course!
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Thursday, Mar 05, 2015, 9:05am
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How big is the average penis?
Scientists are refining what constitutes "normal"
Evolution
Source: Science
Posted on: Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015, 7:22am
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Eyelashes Grow To Just The Right Length To Shield Eyes
Eyelashes keep dust out and fend off drying breezes, a study finds. To do that they need to be a very precise length. Extra-long fake eyelashes hurt more than they help.
Evolution
Source: NPR
Posted on: Thursday, Feb 26, 2015, 7:56am
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When Did Our Backbones First Appear?
An exciting fossil find in China points to a 525-million year old sea-dweller who used its new backbone to swim nimbly away from predators
Evolution
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Thursday, Feb 26, 2015, 7:56am
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'Weird' Fern Shows The Power Of Interspecies Sex
Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.
Evolution
Source: NPR
Posted on: Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015, 8:51am
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Tiny bat makes home in a carnivorous plant
No bat cave for the Hardwicke's woolly bat – a pitcher plant in the swamps of Borneo is a perfect roost for this tiny animal
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015, 8:51am
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Dragonfly eyes see the world in ultra-multicolour
The acrobatic aerial insect has up to 30 different vision pigments, putting our humble red, green and blue detectors to shame
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015, 8:51am
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Stretchy limpet teeth are nature's strongest material
Spider silk has lost its record for being the strongest natural material – these limpet teeth are six times as strong
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Thursday, Feb 19, 2015, 8:16am
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Why Do Luna Moths Have Such Absurdly Long Tails?
You don’t need a field guide to recognise a luna moth. This large insect, found throughout the eastern …
Evolution
Source: National Geographic
Posted on: Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015, 9:31am
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Animal Sex Is Dangerous and Horrifying. So Why Does Sex Exist at All?
You’ve probably heard about duck penises—that they’re shaped like corkscrews, and that females have vaginas that corkscrew in the opposite direction. That one’s easy. But animal sex gets a whole lot weirder, with sexual dismemberment, servitude, and freaky parasitism that makes the duck’s corkscrew seem practically…um…straight?
Evolution
Source: Wired
Posted on: Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015, 9:31am
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Maybe Early Humans Weren't The First To Get A Good Grip
The opposable thumb you use to hold a pencil was long thought to be a defining aspect of humans. But an analysis of finger bones suggests stone tool use by pre-humans — perhaps 3 million years ago.
Evolution
Source: NPR
Posted on: Friday, Jan 23, 2015, 10:36am
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Mice evolve better, not bigger, balls in sperm race
Size isn't everything. When many male mice mate with the same females, their descendants evolve testes that can produce more sperm
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Friday, Jan 23, 2015, 10:36am
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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Insect That Devours Its Mother From the Inside Out
Ah, motherhood. I don’t know anything about it, but I heard there’s a lot of, like, sacrifice and stuff. Not only do you have to bring the brat into the world, but then you have to feed it for at least 18 years or you get in big trouble. That’s a lot of pressure.
Evolution
Source: Wired
Posted on: Friday, Jan 23, 2015, 10:36am
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The Wrists of Birds Reveal Evolution Undoing Itself
Contrary to earlier claims, a new study shows that evolution may be reversible
Evolution
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Thursday, Jan 22, 2015, 8:05am
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Fantastically Wrong: The Silly Theory That Almost Kept Darwin From Going on His Famous Voyage
The other day I had what could be considered a bit of an … overreaction. On a crowded train during my morning commute to WIRED there was an old lady who looked kinda mean sitting with her purse splayed on the seat next to her. 
Evolution
Source: Wired
Posted on: Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015, 9:13am
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Cunning snails drug fish with insulin then eat them
Cone snails spray a chemical cocktail to knock out fish – and it contains a fast-working insulin molecule that could help drug development for diabetes
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015, 7:37am
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From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech
You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speechlike sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.
Evolution
Source: NPR
Posted on: Thursday, Jan 15, 2015, 7:36am
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Ancient sea scorpion shows off its land legs
The intact fossil of a new scorpion species shows that the animals could have evolved for life on land earlier than thought
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Thursday, Jan 15, 2015, 7:36am
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Fling or ring? Men's mating preferences not hard wired: study
From scientific studies to sitcoms, society portrays men as wired to prefer sexual flings and spurn commitment, and evolution wanted it that way.
Psychology
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015, 7:49am
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Lizard penises evolve super-fast
They say size matters, but what of speed? In some lizards, penises have been evolving incredibly quickly – up to six times faster than other traits
Evolution
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015, 7:49am
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Human language may have evolved to help our ancestors make tools
Ability was crucial to the success of our lineage
Evolution
Source: Science
Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015, 11:06am
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How corn became corn
Study traces maize’s invasion of North America
Evolution
Source: Science
Posted on: Thursday, Jan 08, 2015, 8:42am
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Video: Gelatinous sac gives deep-sea fish a swimmer’s body
Without it, they resemble tadpoles
Evolution
Source: Science
Posted on: Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015, 12:46pm
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These Froggies Went A Courtin' And Gave Birth To Live Tadpoles
Who needs eggs? Scientists have discovered an unusual frog species that gives birth to live tadpoles.
Evolution
Source: NPR
Posted on: Friday, Jan 02, 2015, 7:56am
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