My picks from ScienceDaily

Sleep Apnea Linked To Increased Risk Of Death:

Sleep-disordered breathing (also known as sleep apnea) is associated with an increased risk of death, according to new results from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort, an 18-year observational study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.

World's Smallest Snake Found In Barbados:

The world's smallest species of snake, with adults averaging just under four inches in length, has been identified on the Caribbean island of Barbados. The species -- which is as thin as a spaghetti noodle and small enough to rest comfortably on a U.S. quarter --was discovered by Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Penn State.

Long Work Hours Widen The Gender Gap:

Working overtime has a disproportionate impact on women in dual-earner households, exacerbating gender inequality and supporting the "separate sphere" phenomenon in which men are the breadwinners while women tend to the home, according to research to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Australian Bird Research Could Rewrite 'Ring Theory' Of Speciation:

New research has uncovered how different populations of the bird crimson rosella are related to each other - a discovery which has important implications for research into how climate change may affect Australia's biodiversity.

Plant Parasite 'Wiretaps' Host:

A parasitic plant that sucks water and nutrients from its plant host also taps into its communications traffic, a new report finds. The research could lead to new ways to combat parasites that attack crop plants.

Fungi Expert Finds New Species In Aberdeen City Centre, Scotland:

A leading fungi expert has accidentally stumbled upon a new species in Scotland - as he walked home from work.

Cellular Symmetry: What Cues Tell A Cell To Divide At The Center:

Cells are intrinsically artistic. When the right signals tell a cell to divide, it usually splits down the middle, resulting in two identical daughter cells. (Stem cells are the exception to the rule.) This natural symmetry is visible on the macroscopic scale as well. All living creatures, be they mushrooms or humans, are visibly symmetric, a product of our cells' preference for equilibrium.

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Penn State University biologist Blair Hedges seems to have found his niche: identifying the world's tiniest reptiles and amphibians. Having already found world record holders for the smallest lizard and frog, Hedge's has announced the discovery of the world's smallest snake, Leptotyphlops carlae,…
Fresh Fossil Evidence Of Eye Forerunner Uncovered: Ancient armoured fish fossils from Australia present some of the first definite fossil evidence of a forerunner to the human eye, a scientist from The Australian National University says. Parents Show Bias In Sibling Rivalry, Says Study: Most…
As you can see, this specimen of Leptotyphlops carlae is small enough to hang out on a US quarter. Scientists are still working out why this snake associates itself with coinage. But seriously, this snake was discovered by Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Pennsylvania State University,…
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