webdoodle writes: A new study finds that a change in a single gene has sent two closely related bird populations on their way to becoming two distinct species. The study is one of only a few to investigate the specific genetic changes that drive two populations toward speciation.
webdoodle writes: "Canadian scientists have uncovered new evidence which shows genetics has a role to play in determining whether an individual is homosexual or heterosexual. Researchers claim that they can predict a persons sexual orientation 95% of the time."
webdoodle writes: "A researcher working on her masters degree, is studying dogs to see if they can think about the thoughts and feelings of self and others. The results indicate that dogs CAN read minds."
webdoodle writes: "The scientist who first showed that the absence of the protein myostatin leads to oversized muscles in mice and men has now found a second protein, follistatin, whose overproduction in mice lacking myostatin doubles the muscle-building effect. Research has implications for professional athletes, agriculture and medicine."
webdoodle writes: "Analysis of Antarctic ice cores shows that the last four great ice age cycles began when Earth's distance from the sun during its annual orbit became great enough to prevent summertime melts of glacial ice. The absence of those melts allowed buildups of the ice over periods of time that would become characterized as glacial periods."
192939495969798999 writes: "CNN reports that Denis Kvasov was acquitted of copyright infringement, prosecuted on pressure from EMI Group Plc, NBC Universal and Time Warner Inc. From the article: "The prosecution did not succeed in presenting persuasive evidence of his involvement in infringing copyright law". Is this a lucky break or another sign of the traditional distribution model collapsing permanently?"
Anonymous Coward writes: "Climate change could trigger "boom and bust" population cycles that make animal species more vulnerable to extinction, according to Christopher C. Wilmers, an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz."
Anonymous Coward writes: "Researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego report that they have developed a new method for detecting cancer very early in its development, when it consists of just a few cells. The best existing detection methods are not able to detect a tumor until it consists of about one million cells."
Anonymous Coward writes: "Scientists trying to solve lek paradox, that sexually-selecting species like humans should have much less individuality than is the case, has been seized upon by creationists as an argument that Darwin's theories are fundamentally flawed."