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Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 5, Informative) 206

by penguinoid (#47943057) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Fighting for mates is always one vs one, winner take all, and yes they are trying to kill their opponent.

Not true. In many animals, fights are intentionally non-lethal. Much like a fistfight, when both have knives. But if one unsheathes their claws (or whatever real weapon), then the other will too and they both run the risk of being maimed or killed. This works because the non-lethal dominance competition correlates pretty well with what would happen if they were fighting for real.

Comment: Re:Gak! (Score 1) 30

by penguinoid (#47941631) Attached to: The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes Will Be Awarded Tonight

Ducks are notorious sex offenders. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." is true for ducks because they have evolved a maze-like vagina for just that occasion.

And now I decree that you will never think the same way again about having "all your ducks in a row".

Comment: Re:Does HFCS count? (Score 1) 286

by penguinoid (#47936611) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Fructose is the nasty sugar, which makes high fructose corn syrup also nasty. Sucrose is only 50% fructose and 50% glucose. Glucose is the "standard universal" sugar used to make everything from starch to cellulose. And artificial sweeteners are the "weird new thing" which our bodies haven't adapted to yet.

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