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Archive for February, 2012

The Power of Estrogen: Male Snakes Attract Other Males

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Science Daily A new study has shown that boosting the estrogen levels of male garter snakes causes them to secrete the same pheromones that females use to attract suitors, and turned the males into just about the sexiest snake in the neighborhood — attracting dozens of other males eager to mate. Read more

Ocean Microbe Communities Changing, but Long-Term Environmental Impact Is Unclear

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Science Daily “We’re just beginning to understand microbial diversity in the oceans and what that may mean to the environment,” said Stephen Giovannoni, an OSU professor of microbiology. “However, a large portion of the carbon emitted from human activities ends up in the oceans, which with both their mass of water and biological processes act […]