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A Happy Life Is a Long One for Orangutans

Published: June 29, 2011.
By Society for Experimental Biology

New research has shown that happier orang-utans live longer which may shed light on the evolution of happiness in humans.

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The Power of the Power Nap!
For hibernating mammals, the pre-winter months are a race against time to accumulate enough energy reserves to last until spring. Offspring born late in the year have much less time to achieve this. Austrian scientists have discovered that power-napping can help late-born dormice overcome these unfavourable odds.
Old Ways Help Modern Maize to Defend Itself
Many modern crops have high productivity, but have lost their ability to produce certain defence chemicals, making them vulnerable to attack by insects and pathogens. Swiss scientists are exploring ways to help protect 21st century maize by re-arming it with its ancestral chemical weapons.
High-protein Weight Loss Diets Can Work
Scientists have shown that instead of counting calories for weight loss, we would do better to boost the protein content of our diet.
Jump to It! a Frog's Leaping Style Depends on the Environment
A frog's jump is not as simple as it seems....Australian scientists have discovered that different species adopt different jumping styles depending on their environment.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Growing plants in a microscope is helping scientists to view roots developing in 3D and in real time. "With the growth conditions under our control, we can explore how roots respond to different environmental conditions", says Professor Ernst Stelzer (Goethe Universit├Ąt Frankfurt am Main, Germany). "This could help plant breeders to select crops which are more resistant to drought or flooding."
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By University of Warwick
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