Evolution: ‘Deadly’ Gene that once aided survival - This gene arose thousands of years ago and provided a survival advantage for individuals living in the Arctic. A CPT1A (carnithine palmitoyltransferase 1A) gene variant that aids the processing of fatty acids provided energy in the form of heat to help regulate body temperature in extreme weather conditions. Click through to read more
Aspirin: A simplest yet most powerful molecule - Inflammation is essential for survival, yet it is also a primary cause of death. Inflammation, a combination of pain, swelling, redness and fever, is bodies’ response to any injury. It is bodies’ survival strategy, without which,... Click pin to read the full article at sciencenutshell.com
Kuru – Cannabalism and Disease - Cannibalism has been practised throughout recorded human history, as a part of sacrificial or burial rituals, as means of survival, or in traditional medicine, from as far back as Homo antecessor, the earliest known human species in Europe 800, 000 – 1 million years ago. Click pin to read the full article at sciencenutshell.com
The Pacifying of HIV - One of the most deadly diseases in the world, HIV and its more advanced counterpart stage AIDS were estimated to be present in 35 million people in 2013. 1.5 million died in the same...Click through to read more
It has been revealed that the first species to engage in sexual intercourse existed approximately 385 millions years ago, and occurred in a lake in modern day Scotland. The fish, Microbrachius dicki, relied... Click through to read more.
POTENT DRUGS IDENTIFIED IN POISONOUS MUSHROOMS - A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. There are more than 15,000 different types of wild mushrooms found in the UK. Some have gourmet... Click through to read more
The Story of the Last Person to Die of Smallpox - - The last person to die of smallpox was as a laboratory accident in 1978. The story of which has become a harrowing reminder why safety procedures exist. Click pin to read the full article at sciencenutshell.com
Oldest Known Snakes Discovered - Researchers from the University of Alberta have announced the discovery of not one, but four new species of extinct snake. These fossils, which had previously been misidentified as lizards, now push back the origin of this large and distinctive group by 70 million years. Click pin to read the full article at sciencenutshell.com