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Bird Louse Study Shows How Evolution Sometimes Repeats Itself

Published: August 16, 2012.
Released by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Birds of a feather flock together and – according to a new analysis – so do their lice.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- When Americans go out to eat, either at a fast-food outlet or a full-service restaurant, they consume, on average, about 200 more calories a day than when they stay home for meals, a new study reports. They also take in more fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium than those who prepare and eat their meals at home.

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Drug Trials in Pet Dogs with Cancer May Speed Advances in Human Oncology
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Many Older Adults Going Online to Discuss, Learn About Sex
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Forget those ageist stereotypes that senior citizens have little interest in sex and are befuddled by technology. Many older adults are going online to dish about the joys of sex and swap advice about keeping their mojos working well into their twilight years, a new study found.

Study: Crop-rotation Resistant Rootworms Have a Lot Going on in Their Guts
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Genome-editing Proteins Seek And Find with a Slide And a Hop
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