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Marburg Virus, Related to Ebola, Is Found in Bats in West Africa
The largest known outbreak of Marburg virus, which began in Angola in 2004, sickened over 250 people and had a 90 percent fatality rate. Two of the strains found in Sierra Leone bats were similar to the Angolan ones.
disease  Marburg  Ebola  WestAfrica  Publichealth  Science  research  biology  virus 
december 2018 by amaah
Sofia Samatar - Tender
All of us are toxic, I write to my hurt friend, but some of us are more toxic than others
literature  science  sciencefiction  culture  observation  nuclear  energy  biology  alienation  perception  modernity 
october 2015 by amaah
On Chickens
Why Did the Chicken Cross the World
chicken  food  biology  evolution  science  agriculture  domestication  history  taste 
may 2015 by amaah
The Man Who Forgot Everything
Henry Gustave Molaison: The Basis for 'Memento' and the World’s Most Celebrated Amnesiac
history  research  brain  biology  memory  science 
october 2013 by amaah
The Secret Language of Tennis Champions
on cryptophasia - the secret language that twins often adopt/develop as children
adoption  development  children  language  twins  culture  biology 
october 2013 by amaah
Colonialism in Africa helped launch the HIV epidemic a century ago
The scramble to find patient zero is second only to the scramble to assign blame and framing narratives.. forensic biology
trade  interplay  genetics  genetic  biology  colonialism  Africa  distribution  forensics  history  aids  research  health 
march 2012 by amaah
Humboldt on Male Lactation
In this village lives a labourer, Francisco Lozano, who presented a highly curious physiological phenomenon. This man has suckled a child with his own milk. The mother having fallen sick, the father, to quiet the infant, took it into his bed, and pressed it to his bosom. Lozano, then thirtytwo years of age, had never before remarked that he had milk: but the irritation of the nipple, sucked by the child, caused the accumulation of that liquid. The milk was thick and very sweet. The father, astonished at the increased size of his breast, suckled his child two or three times a day during five months. He drew on himself the attention of his neighbours, but he never thought, as he as he probably would have done in Europe, of deriving any advantage from the curiosity he excited... It is not a very uncommon circumstance, to find, among animals, males whose breasts contain milk; and climate does not appear to exercise any marked influence on the greater or less abundance of this secretion.
odd  biology  physiology  via:nate 
may 2011 by amaah
Who Killed the Men of England?
The written record of history meets genomics, evolution, demography, and molecular archaeology. Mark Felton explicates...
history  strategy  evidence  research  genetics  evolution  demographics  archaeology  biology 
march 2011 by amaah
On the domestication of foxes
breeding foxes that are "not just unafraid of humans but actively seeking to bond with them". Taming the wild to achieve in 60 years what took thousands of years to turn wolves into dogs...
genetics  biology  strategy  breeding  violence  animal  domestication  research  russia  behaviour  nature  foxes  science  farming 
february 2011 by amaah
That Which Does Not Kill Me Makes Me Stranger
life at the extremes... pushing our biological limits in ultracycling
sports  biology  athletics  science  endurance  motivation  psychology  cycling  obsession 
april 2010 by amaah
A New Yorker Declines a Barbadian Birthday Tribute
Honoring a Long Life? But She’s Just 30 Plus 71... “I don’t know what they’re going to do when I’m 100, because they’re making such a big fuss now.”
ageing  age  culture  barbados  life  respect  perception  biology 
march 2010 by amaah
Why we cry is an emotional topic
on the biology of tears.. "tears helped reduce ambiguity"
crying  tears  biology  evolution  psychology  perception  culture  signaling  humanfactors 
march 2010 by amaah
Having a big bum, hips and thighs 'is healthy'
physiological evidence for proponents of the butt aesthetic
butt  aesthetic  biology  health  via:abenadove 
january 2010 by amaah
What does it take to save a species? Sometimes, high-voltage power wires
the analogy would be to the borderlands between North and South Korea - human infrastructure becoming environmental preserves
wire  wiring  infrastructure  cabling  environment  biology  resilience  adaptation  evolution 
november 2009 by amaah
Bites of passage
The American population of Asian tiger mosquitoes entered the country sometime around 1986, through the Port of Houston, in a shipment of used tyres from Japan. It spread out along the interstate highways, wherever tyres were stored or dumped, laying its eggs in those round, sheltered, rubberised cavities supplied by human beings, or in anything else that would hold water.
mosquitos  science  health  biology  adaptability  adaptation  publichealth  distribution  disease  usa  environment 
october 2009 by amaah
The Revolutionary - Dick Fosbury
on the Fosbury flop... There have not been many breakthroughs in the annals of personal locomotion. Running forward, for example, is still considered the quickest unassisted way to get from point A to point B. Perhaps early man experimented with backpedaling as a means of escape, but the technique probably did not survive the first saber-toothed tiger.
sports  athletics  technique  innovation  biology  engineering  history  virtuosity 
september 2009 by amaah
The Forest is the Pharmacy
bioprospecting in São Tomé and Príncipe - who owns the knowledge? Healers? Scientists? Drug companies? Government? Another case study...
plant  medicine  health  science  bioprospecting  SaoTome  Africa  research  policy  tradition  knowledge  drugs  biology 
august 2009 by amaah
Seeing double: the village in deepest Kerala where twins have taken over
Kodinhi is not the only place with a high number of twins. The global average twinning rate is about six per 1,000 live births but in Kodinhi it is 35-40 per 1,000, according to Dr Sribiju. The village of Mohammad Pur Umri, near Allahabad, also has a high rate identified five years ago, as does Candido Godoi, a village in Brazil promoted as the twins capital of the world. The highest rate in the world is believed to be among the Nigerian Yoruba tribe which has a twinning rate of 45 per 1,000 births.
twins  biology  genetics  environment  India 
may 2009 by amaah
Vast language, gene study unveils our history
Hopefully this will cause a little more skepticism to the nascent recreational gene tourism trend... "The finding of such varied historical migration patterns in West Africa surely means any attempt by African Americans to learn the true origin of their earliest ancestors in Africa will be difficult"
language  genetics  evolution  science  biology  research  Africa  migration  history  linguistics 
may 2009 by amaah
Animals Speak Color
lovely photos of nature's palette: "a many-hued menagerie of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks, and wonderfully iridescent beetles"
biology  evolution  photography  animal  nature  colour  research  light  language  communication  wildlife 
november 2008 by amaah
Rat Attack
documentary about fascinating story: a bamboo mast year . A species of bamboo (Melocanna baccifera) flowers every 48 years, seeds are eaten by rats causing increased fertility rates and overpopulation, the rats eat everything causing famines for humans and/or wars... Environment as destiny
rats  food  biology  evolution  India  population  sustainability  environment  agriculture  adaptation  policy  politics  filetype:mp3  media:audio 
november 2008 by amaah
Can’t See the Forest for the Trees
“Forests are coming back,” she said. “The question is why and how. If we can understand the processes of forestation and deforestation, we’re in much better shape. … If the story hasn’t always been a story of degradation, then there’s hope for the future.
environment  ecology  forestry  brazil  biology  research  geography  nature  perception  adaptation  resilience  adaptability  evolution  evolvability 
october 2008 by amaah
Soil invertebrates as ecosystem engineers: Intended and accidental accidental effects on soil and feedback loops (pdf)
via:osseo... interesting research on ants and termites and their effects on soil ecology including their construction of anthills (structure and materials) and their chemical interaction. Interesting phrase: ecosystem engineers... at what point does one's effect on the environment mark one as an ecosystem engineer?
soil  ecology  ants  evolution  systems  biology  environment  adaptability  science  research  via:osseo  filetype:pdf  media:document 
august 2008 by amaah
Seven tenths incorrect: Heterogeneity and change in the waist-to-hip ratios (pdf)
We seek to correct what appears to be an emerging "academic urban legend" regarding the stability and precision of what heterosexual males find sexually attractive (a remarkable consistency in the waist-to-hip ratio of Playboy centerfolds and winners of t
research  sex  taste  evolution  biology  butt  aesthetic  statistics  psychology  filetype:pdf  media:document 
june 2008 by amaah
A New Step In Evolution
A dozen flasks full of E. coli are sloshing around on a gently rocking table. The bacteria in those flasks has been evolving since 1988--for over 44,000 generations. important lessons about how evolution works.
biology  evolution  science  research  genetics  adaptability 
june 2008 by amaah
What's that name?
On cognition and the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon. "He'd lost the ability to remember any personal name, even the names of close friends and family members. He was forced to refer to his wife as "wife.""
cognition  science  brain  memory  biology  neuroscience 
june 2008 by amaah
Utah to Use Sentinel Chickens as West Nile Protection
Utah started using chickens in 2004. "They have been a real good indicator for us," said the County Mosquito Abatement manager. "They normally show the virus two to four weeks earlier than humans." Chicken Bones and the Mosquito Principle!
chicken  mosquitos  disease  publichealth  health  policy  strategy  biology  prevention  westnile  virus  USA 
may 2008 by amaah
India quakes in the year of the rats
Fascinating. A species of bamboo (Melocanna baccifera) flowers every 48 years, seeds are eaten by rats causing increased fertility rates and overpopulation, the rats eat everything causing famines for humans and/or wars... Environment as destiny
mastyear  agriculture  evolution  India  adaptation  politics  environment  food  sustainability  policy  rats  biology  population 
april 2008 by amaah
Malaria climbs into warmer highlands
As the Earth warms, however, malaria epidemics in the highlands are now basically happening every year... Papua New Guinea is not immune from the Mosquito Principle
science  disease  malaria  mosquitos  publichealth  health  PapuaNewGuinea  climate  research  biology 
december 2007 by amaah
The Evolution of Security
The risk-management strategies of honeybees can teach us a lot about security.
security  risk  costs  tradeoffs  evolution  strategy  management  technology  biology  adaptation  resilience 
november 2007 by amaah
Nigeria's 'land of twins' baffles fertility experts
high incidence of twins has baffled fertility experts.. elaborate traditions... Yam consumption may be one explanation. Yams contain a natural hormone phytoestrogen which may stimulate the ovaries to produce an egg from each side
biology  fertility  reproduction  twins  sex  tradition  food  yam  diet  nutrition  Nigeria  Africa  culture 
november 2007 by amaah
The Wily Malaria Parasite
on the epidemiology of the falcipurum strains that are able to exploit the mosquito principle
malaria  biology  disease  genetics  publichealth  health  science  research  adaptation  adaptability 
september 2007 by amaah
Is ‘Do Unto Others’ Written Into Our Genes?
Dumbfounding led him to view morality as driven by two separate mental systems, one ancient and one modern, though the mind is scarcely aware of the difference. moral intuition and moral judgment — came after language, when people became able to articul
morality  biology  philosophy  evolution  brain  science  research  altruism  intuition  psychology  values  humanfactors 
september 2007 by amaah
Go ahead, satisfy your sweet tooth
"In other words, chocolate is a highly desirable food, but which according to social norms should be eaten with restraint,"However, attempting to resist the desire to eat chocolate only causes thoughts about chocolate to become more prominent, consequentl
chocolate  taste  research  food  biology 
september 2007 by amaah
India is testing its traditional medicines
India, too, has a long tradition of herbal medicine, and its government is keen that this tradition should be brought into the mainstream, to the profit of the country's burgeoning drug industry. To that end, it is spending about $40m on what is known as
herbal  medicine  tradition  commercialization  science  health  India  biology  bioprospecting  research  knowledge  opacity 
august 2007 by amaah
Blatant benevolence and conspicuous consumption
Fruits of the "mating mind" theory: Charity is just as “selfish” as self-indulgence. We are all peacocks it seems.
evolution  research  psychology  gender  charity  altruism  philanthropy  science  biology  economics  sex  behaviour 
august 2007 by amaah
The Whys of Mating: 237 Reasons and Counting
on why we have sex - the Royal We that is. The thing is that beyond biology there is still the mystery of the human mind, our inability to match words with action, our propensity for rationalization
sex  biology  motivation  life  research  psychology  humanfactors  navelgazing  deception  desire  attraction  entertainment  language  communication  rationalization 
august 2007 by amaah
Martin Zwick's Research
systems philosophy: systems theory and contemporary theories of complexity and complex adaptive systems as attempts to construct an "exact and scientific metaphysics"; the ontology of problems; topics in the philosophy of science, the science-religion dia
systems  design  research  adaptability  evolution  architecture  complexity  adaptation  sustainability  biology  cool  science 
july 2007 by amaah
Adapting the Environment Instead of Oneself
the methods animals and humans have of adapting their environment. creatures with the capacity to redesign their environments have an adaptive advantage over those who can only passively adapt to existing environmental structures. To clarify environmenta
systems  strategy  change  evolution  research  evolvability  adaptability  adaptation  biology  LowEndTheory 
july 2007 by amaah
Complex Adaptations and the Evolution of Evolvability
The problem of complex adaptations is studied in two largely disconnected research traditions: evolutionary biology and evolutionary computer science. This paper summarizes the results from both areas and compares their implications. In evolutionary compu
adaptability  adaptation  adoption  evolution  change  complexity  systems  design  architecture  biology  genetics  computing  modularity  dynamics  technology  science  research 
july 2007 by amaah
In mosquito, a small tale of climate change
the mosquito -- a non biting variety found from Florida to Canada -- is one of only five known species that scientists say have already evolved because of global warming. foddrer for the mosquito principle

The unobtrusive mosquito's story illustrates a
science  mosquitos  research  evolution  environment  adaptation  biology  genetics  climate  change 
april 2007 by amaah
Dirty rats prove grime is good for health
A counterpoint to the gospel of germs.. The theory, called the hygiene hypothesis, figures that people’s immune systems aren’t being challenged by disease and dirt early in life, so the body’s natural defenses overreact to small irritants such as po
Health  Science  policy  PublicHealth  strategy  evolution  research  living  hygiene  biology  adaptation  adaptability  disease  immune  systems  gremlins  parasites 
june 2006 by amaah

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