Posted by: missouriugr | June 28, 2007

In the News: June 27, 2006

ScienceDaily: Tasmanian Tiger Extinction Mystery:Could the world-fabled Tasmanian Tiger have survived beyond its reported extinction in the late 1930s? Australian researchers hope to find out by extracting and analyzing DNA from animal droppings found in Tasmania in the late 1950s and ’60s.

Vox Magazine – Shady slim soda: Although not yet as recognizable as “Trimspa, baby,” negative calorie drinks are making a mark on the dieting industry. Coca-Cola and newcomer Celsius, Inc. have both released drinks that purport …

Vox Magazine – Google. Saves. Every. Word.: Jake Griesenauer, 22, is one of the few people who claims to know all 266 of his Facebook “friends.” There have been times, though, that he’s added other users before …

NPR : Study: Doctors’ Chit-Chat Hinders Patients: new study — “Physician Self-disclosure in Primary Care Visits: Enough About You, What About Me?” — finds that doctors often talk about themselves in the course of seeing patients, and that, rather than being helpful, the chit-chat often gets in the way. PODCAST available via article link

Female iguanas pay high costs to choose a mate: Picking a mate isn’t easy — if you are a female iguana. In a study published in the June 27 issue of the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE, Maren Vitousek of Princeton University and colleagues found that female Galápagos marine iguanas spend a lot of energy picking a mate from a wide range of suitors — energy they could otherwise spend foraging, producing eggs or avoiding predators.

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