02 March 2012

Science online, naturally selected animation edition

When your legs are adjusting to exercise, so is your brain. Photo by eccampbell.
  • Brains are more like brawn than we thought. Trials in lab rats show that brain tissue can burn glycogen, just like muscle tissue.
  • Ladybuisness with a twist? If vaginal pH can determine vulnerability to infection, should women use acidic tampons, or even douche with lime juice?
  • Evolutionary innoculation. A toxic introduced plant has apparently helped Australian lizards evolve resistance to cane toads' toxin.
  • Drowning them out under water. New evidence shows that human-created sounds can interfere with whale song.
  • Getting by with a little help from our friends, and our ancestors. Comparing groups of human children, chimpanzees, and capuchin monkeys solving the same puzzle shows that humans get ahead by collaboration.
  • Practical chemistry. Pseudonymous authors point out that it's not so hard to make cold medecine at home—from crystal meth.

And, via Carin Bondar, a video illustrating evolution using drawings "evolved" by elementary school students.


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