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Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy.

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This is from Elizabeth Pennisi (Science Magazine, 2010) This past decade has seen a shift in how we see the microbes and viruses in and on our bodies. There is increasing acceptance that the …
answered Apr 22 '11 by Oliver_C
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The Mythbusters have "confirmed" the contagiousness of yawning between humans and this study concludes it may be part of a neural network involved in empathy. This hypothesis is supported by ano …
asked Mar 25 '11 by Oliver_C
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Different types of cells have different lifespans, e.g.: we shed our skin cells about every 35 days red blood cells live about 120 days, platelets 6 days and white cells less than a day mo …
answered Feb 3 '12 by Oliver_C
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Scientific American: [...] while water and sugar keep the flowers fresh, this mixture also encourages bacterial growth, which can harm the flowers. "So add bleach," says Susan Han, a pro …
answered Jun 20 '12 by Oliver_C
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Fortean Times I first heard the claim that house dust is mostly made up of human skin on a TV show, when I was a kid (probably Cheers, where Cliff makes this comment at the beginning of a Season 9 e …
asked Jul 2 '11 by Oliver_C
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Prions are proteins and we all have them in us, in abundance. PrPC is the normal form and actually good for us. Then there is the abnormal form, the "evil twin" : PrPSc or PrPCJD Image S …
answered May 14 '11 by Oliver_C
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Source Rex Kerr's answer has linked to photographic evidence of an Asian Weaver ant lifting 100 times its bodyweight (no, it's not the one above). The picture won first prize in the first Biotechno …
answered May 21 '11 by Oliver_C
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Source Stephen Fry said in the QI episode "I-Spy": "You can't tell the age of a lobster " (watch video) From the American Lobster FAQ: There is no foolproof way to determine a lobster’s a …
asked Oct 13 '11 by Oliver_C
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Source I have heard from people working in zoos that the myth of elephants being afraid of mice is not true. Here is a short video of a zoo elephant clearly not caring about a mouse. I don't find …
asked May 22 '11 by Oliver_C
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These are quotes from Lynn B Jorde's & Stephen P Wooding's paper Genetic variation, classification and 'race'. Genetic variation is geographically structured, as expected from the partial isol …
answered Mar 18 '11 by Oliver_C
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Source CNN article from 2010: Fingerprint mutilation on the rise, but it's practically pointless According to Stephen G. Fischer Jr., a spokesman for the FBI's Criminal Justice Information S …
answered May 24 '11 by Oliver_C
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Researchers tackle the mystery of yawning Only about half of adult humans are prone to contagious yawning. In his tests, Dr. Gordon Gallup found that susceptibility to contagious yawning i …
answered Apr 2 '11 by Oliver_C
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The study the radio is talking about might be this one: Physician Han Kim and his colleagues surveyed 219 men and women, from babies to octogenarians, and measured the temperatures in their …
answered Jun 1 '11 by Oliver_C
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[Source] In an episode of the BBC show QI - Quite Interesting (Series J, Episode 1) Stephen Fry said: How much information do you think is in the DNA of one little sperm...? It's 37.5 MB... …
asked Sep 18 '12 by Oliver_C
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From HowStuffWorks: There are more than 40 theories as to what déjà vu is and what causes it, and they range from reincarnation to glitches in our memory processes. Déjà vu is extreme …
answered May 10 '11 by Oliver_C

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