Archives for the month of: January, 2014

Some genes are expressed on a 24-hour cycle – night shifts and mistimed sleep cycles change these patterns.

UV light lowers blood pressure – this explains why blood pressure changes with the season, with highs in winter and lows in summer.

When your brain is working hard, increased blood flow makes it heavier.

Flying in a V formation is more efficient, and birds are able to match their wingbeats with the bird in front to make it even more efficient.

In a trial of gene therapy in people with choroideremia, a rare and degenerative eye disease, two people with poor vision had improvements in sight and in others, their sight stopped getting worse.

Rosetta, the spacecraft created to follow a comet and put a robot on its surface, has woken from its three-year hibernation, and said ‘hello world’, via Twitter.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

A gut parasite, Paranosema locustae, can stop the creation of swarms of the migratory locustĀ Locusta migratoria manilensis. These swarms can can wipe out huge areas of crops in Africa and other countries .

Following a chemical ban in 2008, fewer female sea snails are developing male sexual organs, known as imposex.

As they grow downwards, plant roots will actively steer clear of areas of high salt. This is known as tropism.

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