Biology News

The length of the finger points to promiscuity of early humans Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 23:00

A new study indicates that Neanderthals and early humans were more promiscuous than most human populations today. The research team reached their conclusion by measuring the fossilised finger bones of

Tiny marine creatures could help diagnose the health of Puget Sound Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 23:00
From low oxygen levels in areas of Hood Canal to pollution in Elliott and Commencement bays, scientists have documented some serious environmental issues in Puget Sound, whose shores are home to more
Lizard sex linked to climate Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 23:00
A Tasmanian lizard has evolved to give birth to more male or more female offspring depending on climatic conditions, Oxford University scientists have discovered. The snow skink (Niveoscincus ocellatu
Scientists Help Solve Mystery of "Alien Pod" Monday, November 1, 2010 - 23:00
This freshwater bryozoan was found in the lake in City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Bryozoans are filter feeders that live in encrusting and branching colonies, mostly in seawater. This colo
Ears tuned to water: For a bat's echolocation system, all smooth horizontal surfaces are water Monday, November 1, 2010 - 23:00

For bats any smooth, horizontal surface is water. Even so if vision, olfaction or touch tells them it is actually a metal, plastic or wooden plate. Bats therefore rely more on their ears than on any o

Wild Scottish sheep could help explain differences in immunity Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 23:00
Strong immunity may play a key role in determining long life, but may do so at the expense of reduced fertility, a Princeton University study has concluded. An 11-year study of a population of wild sh
Neural circuit ensures zebrafish will not bite off more than it can chew Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 23:00
The brain region of the zebrafish that receives input from the retina, called the optic tectum, is separated into layers. The top layer receives direct connections from retinal cells and has a populat
New strain of 'high-runner' rats uniquely resistant to disease -- all disease! Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 23:00
New research in the FASEB Journal explains sophisticated animal model system that allows for in-depth exploration of gene function and expression as related directly or indirectly to all diseases