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Need This New Finding? A Plant Can Learn And Remember

To most of us a Mimosa is a tasty cocktail to drink with brunch, but to researchers a Mimosa is a plant native to Central and South America that has been shown to be able to learn and remember what it learned. The Mimosa pudica is a creeping annual or perennial herb that is also known as a "touch-me-not" that closes its leaves and droops to protect itself from predators.

Another Sign Of Animal Magnetism? Dogs Line Up With Earth's Magnetic Field To Excrete

Man and animal exhibit various signs of being in tune with the universe, but recently a team of zoologists from University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany made a new finding, one which provides yet another example of Franz Mesmer's theory of animal magnetism: Under stable conditions in the Earth's magnetic field, dogs will tend to urinate and defecate in line with its magnetic field.

 

Could Transgenic Mosquitoes Help In The Fight Against Dengue And Malaria?

Dengue and Malaria are two dangerous diseases with the potential to cause death. In common, they also have the lack of a vaccine, even though there is research being made in order to obtain vaccines for both diseases. Recently, a new technique using genetic engineering in order to modify vector mosquitoes can be helpful to reduce the transmission of these two diseases.

Killer Snake Venom Provides Protein That Prevents Blood Clots

The two top causes of death in the world are heart attacks and strokes, and a research team in Toronto is onto a promising drug that could do much to reduce or delay those death by reducing their number one cause - blood clots. Ironically, the drug being tested, Anfibatide, is made from a protein extracted from a snake's venom; the snake is one of the deadliest in the world.

Coral Species From Brazil Useful To Fight Hospital Superbacteria

Despite our huge breakthroughs involving Health, Medicine and Science, Hospitals still are places highly contaminated with all sorts of prejudicial agents. Bacterias and viruses, from the common cold to pneumonia, roam through Hospital buildings almost everywhere and there is no easy way to prevent them from being them. Luckily, there are several ways of treating them - one of the last discoveries in this area was made in Brazil, where scientists used a coral to fight infection caused by a "superbacteria".

EcoQube On Kickstarter! Mini-Farm & Aquarium Combines Sustainability With Beauty

Aquariums are universally fascinating, but they're usually a hassle to maintain. The EcoQube is a very low maintenance aquarium for fish and plants that successfully thrive off of each other, and it's being crowdsourced now on Kickstarter. It's a must have!

Keep Gardening Through Winter....Indoors With Breathe

Everyone loves a good summer. The smell of freshly cut grass, the fact that everyone moans about getting sunburnt but secretly likes it, and of course, the privilege of being able to garden away to the heart's content. Well who says summer has to end? At least when it comes to the gardening bit. Yep, bursting on to the scene is a new food invention from the mind of Jim Ruck which goes by the rather snazzy name Breathe.

A Dog Knows: Wagging Tails Are Not All Happy Tails

You think your Fido will greet the dog coming towards you with enthusiasm. After all, Fido's tail is wagging.  Well, don't be so sure.  That other dog - she knows better than you do.

Dandelion Tires Give New Meaning To Flower Power

Dandelions have already been more generous to humans than we ingrates deserve. While we spend our spring-times trying to stamp them out of our yards, many revere the weeds as a source of vitamins and minerals essential to a variety of physiological functions. Now, agricultural engineers are cultivating the dandelion for a new purpose....

Navy Seals? Furry Fighters In The Russian Military

U.S. Navy SEALs are some of the most feared individuals in the military world. But would you stand up against Navy Seals in the Russian Seas?