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Fish named after Richard Dawkins


July 16th, 2012 - 7:23 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Sri Lanka, July 16 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new type of fresh water fish has been identified in South Asia. Sri Lankan scientists who classified the creature have named it after famous evolutionary ... Read more...

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Mole rat may hold key to human longevity


July 3rd, 2012 - 2:27 pm ICT by IANS
Tel Aviv, July 3 (IANS) Compared to the average three-year life span of a common rat, the 10 to 30-year life of the naked mole rat, an underground rodent native ... Read more...

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Anti-depressants doing more harm than good: Study


April 25th, 2012 - 2:22 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, April 25 (IANS) Common anti-depressants seem to be doing patients more harm than good, says a new study."We need to be much more cautious about the widespread use of ... Read more...

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24 mn generations for mice to grow to elephant size


January 31st, 2012 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 31 (IANS) It would take at least 24 million generations for a mouse-sized creature to evolve into something as big as an elephant. Conversely, it would require only ... Read more...

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Rushdie show: Chronicle of a gag foretold


January 25th, 2012 - 7:49 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Jan 25 (IANS) It was Tuesday, another sunny winter morning in Jaipur. Sanjoy Roy, an organiser of the Jaipur Literature Festival, came to a terrace of the sprawling Diggi ... Read more...

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Forget religion, get 21st century morals: Richard Dawkins


January 24th, 2012 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Jan 24 (IANS) Salman Rushdie may not be here, but the shadow of god looms large over the Jaipur Literature Festival, with philosopher and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins dismissing ... Read more...

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Paper wasps have flair for recalling faces


December 4th, 2011 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 4 (IANS) Paper wasps, possessing brains less than a millionth of the size of that of humans, have evolved a similar face-learning abilities, a study reveals. "Wasps and ... Read more...

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Cooked - not raw - food provides more energy


November 8th, 2011 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 8 (IANS) Contrary to popular belief, cooked food provides more energy than its raw version, which is particularly true of meat.The finding suggests humans are biologically adapted to ... Read more...

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Rampant mining strengthening Maoists: Darwin’s descendent


November 4th, 2011 - 11:34 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 4 (IANS) Anthropologist and author Felix Padel Friday said unscientific and rampant mining was causing a polarisation in Indian society which in turn was fuelling Maoism."The Maoists' war ... Read more...

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Laughter best medicine for pain relief


September 14th, 2011 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 13 (IANS) Having a good laugh not only makes you feel better but also helps you deal with pain. A polite titter may please others, but it does ... Read more...

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Beer-brewing yeast found


August 24th, 2011 - 1:57 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 24 (IANS) Scientists have identified a new species of yeast from forests in South America that was behind the discovery of lager, a type of beer brewed and ... Read more...

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Shame, honour can fuel global cooperation


June 2nd, 2011 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, June 2 (IANS) The threat of shame and promise of honour boosts cooperation by as much as 50 percent, opening up ways to tackle tough global issues such ... Read more...

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Small gene set in cell powerhouse causes male infertilty


May 16th, 2011 - 6:33 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 16 (IANS) While causes of male infertility have never been understood, a recent study suggests that genes located in the energy centre of humans, the mitochondria, can now ... Read more...

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Scientist stumbles on new class of living things


April 5th, 2011 - 5:12 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 5 (IANS) A scientist claims to have discovered not just a new species but a whole new branch of the tree of life. Living things are currently split ... Read more...

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Slow and steady really does win the race


March 23rd, 2011 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 23 (ANI): A Michigan State University evolutionary biologist has suggested that it is sometimes better to be an adaptable tortoise than a fit hare when it comes to survival of ... Read more...

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Biodiversity in Amazon ‘over 20mn yrs older than previously thought’


November 15th, 2010 - 6:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 15 (ANI): A new study has found that the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon region is over 20 million years older than thought.An international team of scientists, including a ... Read more...

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Australian Aborigines reachedmerica first?


October 1st, 2010 - 1:51 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Oct 1 (ANI): Scientists have discovered hundreds of skulls in Central and South America, some dating back to over 11,000 years ago, that have cranial features distinctive to Australian Aborigines.The oldest ... Read more...

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Rare, vine-swinging Tarzan Chameleon found in Tarzanville


September 3rd, 2010 - 4:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 3 (ANI): A rare, vine-swinging species of chameleon called 'Tarzan chameleon' has been discovered in a tiny patch of forest on the vast Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, a ... Read more...

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New Evolution Theory Published In “Biology Letters” Questions Charles Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution


August 25th, 2010 - 7:54 pm ICT by GD
By Madhuri Dey Aug 25, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A recent study published in "Biology Letters" argues that perhaps Charles Darwin's famous theory of evolution had some faults in it. A study conducted by University ... Read more...

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‘Grandmother hypothesis’ that helps us live longer may be a myth


August 25th, 2010 - 3:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 25 (ANI): Shattering the so-called 'grandmother hypothesis', researchers have claimed that grandma may not be as important as we thought - at least when it comes to evolution.In a new ... Read more...

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Indian-origin researcher challenges Darwin’s ’survival of the fittest’ theory


August 24th, 2010 - 3:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 24 (ANI): A new study could shake the very foundations of Darwin's theory of evolution, which says that 'living space' and not competition, was the major driving force of evolution.The ... Read more...

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Frog evolution ‘clue to rise of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau’


August 6th, 2010 - 1:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 6 (ANI): Geologists have found clues to origin of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau - by analysing evolution of a group of muscled frogs.Scientists from Kunming, China, and the ... Read more...

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Tibetans underwent ‘fastest genetic change’ in human history to thrive at high altitude


July 2nd, 2010 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 2 (ANI): Tibetans split off from the Han Chinese some 3,000 years ago and since then rapidly developed a unique ability to thrive at high altitudes and low oxygen levels, ... Read more...

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Squirrels show softer side by adopting orphaned pups


June 2nd, 2010 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, June 2 (IANS) The squirrels you often see fighting over scraps may not seem altruistic, but they have a softer side too -- seen occasionally when they adopt orphaned kin.The ... Read more...

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Squirrels adopt orphaned relatives


June 2nd, 2010 - 3:42 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 2 (ANI): Like humans, squirrels too have a softer side-the critters adopt orphaned relatives, says a new University of Guelph research.Led by Andrew McAdam, along with researchers from the University ... Read more...

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Lazy crows pitch in when hardworking birds become handicapped


June 2nd, 2010 - 2:00 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 2 (ANI): Scrounging crows start contributing to group efforts when hardworking birds become handicapped, according to a study.Carrion crows (Corvus corone) form stable groups that share the responsibilities of breeding ... Read more...

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Long history of SIV indicates HIV won’t quickly become benign in humans


May 22nd, 2010 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 22 (ANI): Scientists have found that the non-disease causing monkey version of HIV, called SIV, is older than previously believed-a finding that indicates it may take a long time for ... Read more...

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Monkey version of HIV older than previously believed


May 22nd, 2010 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 22 (ANI): SIV, the HIV-like virus that infects monkeys is at least 100,000 if not millions of years old, according to scientists.The vast age of the monkey virus, which does ... Read more...

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Study sheds light on the evolution of lizards


May 10th, 2010 - 5:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 10 (ANI): A new research has confirmed that competition, and not predation, is the primary selective force in island lizards.In one of its kind ecological field experiment, entire islands in ... Read more...

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Dating a sexy partner can make you seem more attractive


February 27th, 2010 - 1:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 27 (ANI): Want to look attractive? Well, forget designer suits, cool watches and cars, and simply pair yourself up with a hot partner.That's the conclusion of a new study.To come ... Read more...

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Ancient hairball helps paint picture of 4,000-year-old man from Greenland


February 11th, 2010 - 1:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 11 (ANI): Scientists have taken the help of a 4,000-year-old hairball found frozen in Greenland to create the first ancient-human genome, and subsequently draw a picture of a dark-eyed ... Read more...

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Dads of test-tube babies may pass on infertility to sons


February 7th, 2010 - 12:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 7 (ANI): Fathers of test-tube babies may be passing on their infertility to their sons, scientists have discovered.In a new Anglo-German study, which compared 211 six-year-olds conceived through ICSI (intracytoplasmic ... Read more...

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When it comes to hooking up with opposite sex, genital complexities do matter


January 8th, 2010 - 1:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 8 (ANI): Confirming one of Darwin's theories, biologists at University of Cincinnati have said that genital complexities do play a role when it comes to hooking up with the opposite ... Read more...

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Scientists to probe global warming’s impact on avian flu virus


January 2nd, 2010 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 2 (IANS) Does global warming help the avian flu virus mutate into more lethal versions? That's the million-dollar question bothering scientists as they embark upon research to shed light on ... Read more...

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Viruses that adapted to high temperatures may jump species more easily


December 27th, 2009 - 12:35 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, December 27 (ANI): A team of scientists is all set to investigate whether viruses that have adapted to higher temperatures can jump species more easily, which could shed light on the ... Read more...

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