Archive for July, 2009

How the turtle’s shell developed

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Scientists have revealed a spectacular insight into turtle evolution – how the unique animals get their shells. A Japanese team studied the development of turtle embryos to find out why their ribs grow outward and fuse together to form a tough, external carapace. Reporting in the journal Science, the researchers compared turtle embryos with those [...]

Spread your sperm the smart way

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Attractive males release fewer sperm per mating to maximise their chances of producing offspring across a range of females, according to a new paper on the evolution of ejaculation strategies. The findings by researchers at UCL (University College London) and the University of Oxford suggest that, paradoxically, matings with attractive males may be less fertile [...]

Suxishvilebi (Part 7)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

What has Simona been reduced to?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

TENNIS babe Simona Halep has decided only the tennis balls should bounce on court and had her 34DD bust reduced. The Romanian tennis star, 17, won an army of male fans in recent years as her tennis kit struggled to contain her modesty. But Simona’s set proved too much to handle during matches and she [...]

DNA sorts carbon nanotubes

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Carbon nanotubes are relatively easy to grow, but sorting these tiny tubes according to their electronic properties is a time consuming and costly task. Now, however, researchers in the US have invented a way of isolating different types of nanotube by mixing them with DNA. Although the technique is currently too expensive to be commercially [...]

Suxishvilebi (Part 6)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009