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Plants Absorb More Carbon Dioxide Under Polluted Hazy Skies:

Plants absorbed carbon dioxide more efficiently under the polluted skies of recent decades than they would have done in a cleaner atmosphere, according to new findings published this week in Nature.

Why You May Lose That Loving Feeling After Tying The Knot:

Dating couples whose dreams include marriage would do well to step back and reflect upon the type of support they’ll need from their partners when they cross the threshold, a new Northwestern University study suggests.

A Warm TV Can Drive Away Feelings Of Loneliness And Rejection:

Not all technology meets human needs, and some technologies provide only the illusion of having met your needs. But new research by psychologists at the University at Buffalo and Miami University, Ohio, indicates that illusionary relationships with the characters and personalities on favorite TV shows can provide people with feelings of belonging, even in the face of low self esteem or after being rejected by friends or family members.

How Quiet Sounds Are Magnified By ‘Flexoelectric Motors’ In The Ear:

Utah and Texas researchers have learned how quiet sounds are magnified by bundles of tiny, hair-like tubes atop “hair cells” in the ear: when the tubes dance back and forth, they act as “flexoelectric motors” that amplify sound mechanically.

Too Much Or Too Little Sleep Increases Risk Of Diabetes:

Researchers at Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine have found that people who sleep too much or not enough are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance. The risk is 2½ times higher for people who sleep less than 7 hours or more than 8 hours a night. The findings were published recently on the website of the journal Sleep Medicine.

Do Good Looks Get High School Students Good Grades?:

Do personal traits predict success in school? If so, which dimension of one’s outward appearance can tell the most about academic achievement?

How Human Ear Translates Vibrations Into Sounds: Discovery Of Ion Channel Turns Ear On Its Head:

Scientists thought they had a good model to explain how the inner ear translates vibrations in the air into sounds heard by the brain. Now, based on new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine, it looks like parts of the model are wrong.

Animals That Seem Identical May Be Completely Different Species:

Animals that seem identical may belong to completely different species. This is the conclusion of researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who have used DNA analyses to discover that one of our most common segmented worms is actually two types of worm.

Comments

  1. #1 Odszkodowanie UK
    April 25, 2009

    I really love those snapshots. I especially like the one about the warm TV and couples planning to tie the knot. the one about the good looks and good grades is also interesting. there might be something in it.

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