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Unique social system found in famous Tsavo lions

CHICAGOTsavo lions, famous for man-eating at the end of the 19th century, are also novel for being maneless. Now, the first scientific peer-reviewed study of the ecology of Tsavo lions reveals that they have a unique social system. Tsavo lions are the only lions known to live ...

Max-Planck doctoral student discovers 'living fossils'

...e. The nearly 2,600 m high Inselberg has long been famous for the animal species which only occur here. The Brandberg region is a Namibian National Park and there are plans to propose it for UNESCO's World Heritage programme because of the unique rock drawings found there. The area may be entered only with ...

"Berry, berry, berrygood!"

...e elderberry tree as his medicine chest while less famous healers have used the fruit as anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, diuretic and laxative agents, as well as for the treatment of dysentery, stomach ailments, scurvy and urinary tract problems. The berries contain a unique and complex chemical composi...

New methods for detecting brown recluse spider venom

...002 Annals of Emergency Medicine. One of the most famous misdiagnoses occurred recently in New York when a 7-month-old who had contracted cutaneous anthrax was initially diagnosed as having a brown recluse spider bite, even though these spiders are not native to New York. (The Diagnosis of Brown Recluse Sp...

Does pain get on your nerves?

...e is Professor Ronald Melzack, who co-authored the famous "Gate Control Theory of Pain" and developed the world-renowned McGill Pain Questionnaire. Building on such pioneering work, the Centre would allow for a more cohesive and multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of pain. Dr. Henry also hopes the ...

Bacteria point the way to gold deposits

...ation in northwest Sichuan province, which is very famous for its abundance of gold resources. The four-year project was for her Ph.D. thesis research. Usually gold in soluble form is toxic to microbes as well as to higher organisms. However, bacterial spores can resist harsh environmental conditions (e.g....

Want to save gorillas? Enforce laws, experts say

...as are far more common than mountain gorillas made famous by George Schaller, Dian Fossey and others, population estimates are sketchy at best. Most scientists agree that estimates of 100,000 individuals made in the 1990s are probably too high....

Scientist says ostrich study confirms bird 'hands' unlike those of dinosaurs

... of bird hands were first addressed in 1821 by the famous German physician and anatomist Johann Friedrich Meckel for whom the cartilage of the lower jaw was named. But no one has produced convincing evidence for a thumb before. For us, this is very exciting." The UNC evolutionary biologist has been a stron...

Hibernators may hold the key for better human organ preservation

...f their habit of digging holes, soon they could be famous for providing clues to keeping life-saving human transplant organs viable for extended periods of time. Background Like bears, hibernating ground squirrels annually undergo a dramatic shift in their physiology. This state, called "torpor," allows h...

For elephants, its not just their ears and trunk that make them unique on land

...blic's imagination during their era. In San Diego, famous pachyderms include Empress and Queenie, the first ... San Diego Zoo, brought to American in 1923 by the famous hunter Frank Buck. The elephant is the largest of all terrestrial mammals, as well as the symbol for...

UCLA study shows water reclamation could become an important source of future water supplies

...ed frog, once common throughout the state and made famous by Mark Twain in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," is now endangered because of habitat loss. Non-native bullfrogs and fish also prey on them. Rundel highlighted the California Department of Fish and Game's Natural Community Conserva...

Virginia's champion trees make history

...ifespans; how to protect big trees; and a guide to famous and historic trees. "Most of Virginia's current champion trees were nominated in the 1970s and have not been verified in years," said Kirwan. In 2002, a survey was conducted, and it estimated that 38 percent of those trees are now dead. The survey al...

World-first Australian truffle find

...fungal biology a new truffle genus related to the famous Amanita family, or fairy toadstools. The Amanita family is famed worldwide for the red and white-spotted toadstools beloved of children's fairy tales, the lethal Death Cap beloved of tabloid media, and a range of delicious edible fungi beloved of gou...

International team uses genomic tools to discover gene for childhood genetic disorder

...se Association of the Saguenay-Lac St Jean region, famous triathlete, and parent of children who died of the disease. "Without such a test, parents didn't know if they carried the defective gene until it was too late." Scientists hope that the same strategy can work to identify the genes for the other dis...

Two Max Planck researchers recieve the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine 2003

...rize-winners' laboratories. Wolfgang Baumeister is famous for his work on the proteasome and for further development of cryoelectron tomography, which provides three-dimensional images of intact cells at high resolution and with it new vistas of their supramolecular organization. Riitta Hari is a pioneer of...

Chaos in the heart

...emically excitable media, such as for example, the famous periodic Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction. In experimental investigations of this reaction, American scientist Arthur Winfree discovered the so-called rotating scroll waves in 1973. In its transversal cross-section, a scroll wave looks like a spiral. Su...

Scientists at Scripps Research Institute address mysteries of ozone in the human body

...hat the human body produces the reactive gas--most famous as the ultraviolet ray-absorbing component of the ozone layer--as part of a mechanism to protect it from bacteria and fungi. "Ozone was a big surprise," says TSRI Professor Bernard Babior, M.D., Ph.D. "But it seems that biological systems manufactur...

Scientific innovations, social issues and biobusiness at Bio Tech Helsinki 03

...ice rich in vitamin A. Professor Tomita has become famous for developing the E-CELLsoftware environment that can be used to model and simulate cellularmetabolism. Human genetics will be examined in a parallel seminar, with speakers suchas Dr Kari Stefansson, President and CEO of deCODE genetics, a genomicsc...

Embryonic facial development subject to insult or repair longer than expected

...rticular times. As Marcucio puts it, paraphrasing famous embryologist, Hans Spemann, The quail skin tells the underlying chick cells to make a face, and the chick responds by making a chicken face, which is the only face it knows how to make....

In a noisy world, how can the senses project and receive information at the same time?

...The songs of crickets (except the one from Disneys famous character, Jiminy Cricket, are generated by rhythmically rubbing the fore wings together resulting in a form of sound production called stridulation. As crickets ears are located on the forelegs, they are fully exposed to the self-generated sounds. ...

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