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Oldest arthropods preserved in amber: Specimens are 100 million years older than previous amber inclusions

Oldest arthropods preserved in amber: Specimens are 100 million years older than previous amber inclusions | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it

An international team of scientists has discovered the oldest record of arthropods -- invertebrate animals that include insects, arachnids, and crustaceans -- preserved in amber. The specimens, one fly and two mites found in millimeter-scale droplets of amber from northeastern Italy, are about 100 million years older than any other amber arthropod ever collected.

 

"Amber is an extremely valuable tool for paleontologists because it preserves specimens with microscopic fidelity, allowing uniquely accurate estimates of the amount of evolutionary change over millions of years," said corresponding author David Grimaldi, a curator in the American Museum of Natural History's Division of Invertebrate Zoology and a world authority on amber and fossil arthropods.


Globules of fossilized resin are typically called amber. Amber ranges in age from the Carboniferous (about 340 million years ago) to about 40,000 years ago, and has been produced by myriad plants, from tree ferns to flowering trees, but predominantly by conifers. Even though arthropods are more than 400 million years old, until now, the oldest record of the animals in amber dates to about 130 million years. The newly discovered arthropods break that mold with an age of 230 million years. They are the first arthropods to be found in amber from the Triassic Period.

 

The amber droplets, most between 2-6 millimeters long, were buried in outcrops high in the Dolomite Alps of northeastern Italy and excavated by Eugenio Ragazzi and Guido Roghi of the University of Padova. About 70,000 of the miniscule droplets were screened for inclusions -- encased animal and plant material -- by a team of German scientists led by Alexander Schmidt, of Georg-August University, Göttingen, resulting in the discovery of the three arthropods. The tiny arthropods were studied by Grimaldi and Evert Lindquist, an expert on gall mites at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa.

 


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Potential Treatment for Cognitive Effects of Stress-Related Disorders, Including PTSD

Potential Treatment for Cognitive Effects of Stress-Related Disorders, Including PTSD | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
Researchers identified a potential medical treatment for cognitive effects of stress-related disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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Scientists develop robot that scans information directly from neurons

Scientists develop robot that scans information directly from neurons | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists from Georgia Tech and MIT have developed a robotic system that can find and simultaneously record the activity of dozens of neurons in live animals.
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The Human Body as Ecosystem: A Way to Revolutionize Medicine

The Human Body as Ecosystem: A Way to Revolutionize Medicine | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it

Looking at human beings as ecosystems that contain many collaborating and competing species could change the practice of medicine


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Low fertility increases descendant socioeconomic position but reduces long-term fitness in a modern post-industrial society

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Maybe your Baby can't read. But what about Sign Language?

Maybe your Baby can't read. But what about Sign Language? | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it

Robert Titzer, an educator with a doctorate in human performance from Indiana University, and his company claimed that more than a million families successfully used the “Your Baby Can Read” program and that they had studies to back up these claims. The FTC on the other hand says those studies were flawed.


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Gene that predicts happiness in women discovered

Gene that predicts happiness in women discovered | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
Sorry guys, this happiness gene is for women. A new study has found a gene that appears to make women happy, but it doesn't work for men.
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Can speaking a second language make you a better leader?

Can speaking a second language make you a better leader? | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
New studies show how knowing a second language can improve your decision-making, mental acuity and problem-solving skills.

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Human responses to unfairness with primary rewards and their biological limits : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

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Humans bargaining over money tend to reject unfair offers, whilst chimpanzees bargaining over primary rewards of food do not show this same motivation to reject.
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Swarm Intelligence in honeybees by Prof. Tom Seeley - The Swarm Lab @ NJIT

Swarm Intelligence in honeybees by Prof. Tom Seeley - The Swarm Lab @ NJIT | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
Thomas D. Seeley is one of the leading researchers in the field of Swarm Intelligence and he is certainly the best specialist of the collective behavior of honeybees (and probably of bees in general).
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How Baby-Driven Robots Could Help Disabled Children

How Baby-Driven Robots Could Help Disabled Children | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
The latest in research about robots for babies who can't even crawl yet.

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Daniel Tammet - The Boy With The Incredible Brain

Tammet has been "studied repeatedly" by researchers in Britain and the United States, and has been the subject of several peer-reviewed scientific papers.Professor Allan Snyder at the Australian National University has said of Tammet: "Savants can't usually tell us how they do what they do. It just comes to them. Daniel can describe what he sees in his head. That's why he's exciting. He could be the 'Rosetta Stone'

to science." In his mind, he says, each positive integer up to 10,000 has its own unique shape, colour, texture and feel. He has described his visual image of 289 as particularly ugly, 333 as particularly attractive, and pi as beautiful. The number 6 apparently has no distinct image yet what he describes as an almost small nothingness, opposite to the number 9 which he calls large and towering. Tammet has described 25 as energetic and the "kind of number you would invite to a party". In his memoir, Tammet states experiencing a synaesthetic and emotional response for words and numbers, but not letters in algebraic contexts.

 

Tammet holds the European record for reciting pi from memory to 22,514 digits in five hours and nine minutes on 14 March 2004. Tammet has reportedly learned 10 languages, including Romanian, Gaelic, Welsh, and Icelandic which he learned in a week for a TV documentary.


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Bizarre poodle moth fascinates ... and frightens ... the masses online

Bizarre poodle moth fascinates ... and frightens ... the masses online | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
It's been compared to a fluffy dog, a Pokemon character and a Power Rangers villain — but whatever it is, the Venezuelan poodle moth has captured the Internet like Mothra in a bad Japanese movie.
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English 'originated in Turkey'

English 'originated in Turkey' | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
Modern Indo-European languages - which include English - originated in Turkey about 9,000 years ago, research concludes.
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New Diagnostic Biomarkers Offer Ray of Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease

New Diagnostic Biomarkers Offer Ray of Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
Investigators report on the development of imaging-based biomarkers that will have an impact on diagnosis before the Alzheimer's disease process is set in motion.
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Genome of Mysterious Extinct Human Reveals Brown-Eyed Girl

Genome of Mysterious Extinct Human Reveals Brown-Eyed Girl | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
... and other surprises are revealed in the Denisovan DNA.
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National Magazine Award Finalist on SINGULARITY - Collection of Special Reports

National Magazine Award Finalist on SINGULARITY - Collection of Special Reports | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it

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Wie der Mensch die Evolution verdreht - wissenschaft.de

Wie der Mensch die Evolution verdreht - wissenschaft.de | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
Wie der Mensch die Evolution verdrehtwissenschaft.deWie der Mensch die Evolution verdreht. Geringe Fruchtbarkeit verbessert die Lebensbedingungen der Nachkommen. 28.08.2012.
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Tuning a piano 'moulds the mind'

Tuning a piano 'moulds the mind' | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
Tuning a piano also tunes the brain, say UK researchers who have seen structural changes to areas of the brain that deal with memory and navigation.

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Epigenetic answers from archived Guthrie cards - Media release - BBSRC

Epigenetic answers from archived Guthrie cards - Media release - BBSRC | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
Over the last 50 years, the spotting of newborn’s blood onto filter paper for disease screening, called Guthrie cards, has become routine…...

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Scientists create chemical 'brain': Giant network links all known compounds and reactions

Scientists create chemical 'brain': Giant network links all known compounds and reactions | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it

Scientists have connected 250 years of organic chemical knowledge into one giant computer network -- a chemical Google on steroids. 


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Pig parasite may help treat autoimmune disorders

Pig parasite may help treat autoimmune disorders | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
BOSTON (Reuters) - If you had a chronic and potentially debilitating condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn's disease, and swallowing the eggs of a pig parasite could help, would you do it?
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Oldest arthropods preserved in amber: Specimens are 100 million years older than previous amber inclusions

Oldest arthropods preserved in amber: Specimens are 100 million years older than previous amber inclusions | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it

An international team of scientists has discovered the oldest record of arthropods -- invertebrate animals that include insects, arachnids, and crustaceans -- preserved in amber. The specimens, one fly and two mites found in millimeter-scale droplets of amber from northeastern Italy, are about 100 million years older than any other amber arthropod ever collected.

 

"Amber is an extremely valuable tool for paleontologists because it preserves specimens with microscopic fidelity, allowing uniquely accurate estimates of the amount of evolutionary change over millions of years," said corresponding author David Grimaldi, a curator in the American Museum of Natural History's Division of Invertebrate Zoology and a world authority on amber and fossil arthropods.


Globules of fossilized resin are typically called amber. Amber ranges in age from the Carboniferous (about 340 million years ago) to about 40,000 years ago, and has been produced by myriad plants, from tree ferns to flowering trees, but predominantly by conifers. Even though arthropods are more than 400 million years old, until now, the oldest record of the animals in amber dates to about 130 million years. The newly discovered arthropods break that mold with an age of 230 million years. They are the first arthropods to be found in amber from the Triassic Period.

 

The amber droplets, most between 2-6 millimeters long, were buried in outcrops high in the Dolomite Alps of northeastern Italy and excavated by Eugenio Ragazzi and Guido Roghi of the University of Padova. About 70,000 of the miniscule droplets were screened for inclusions -- encased animal and plant material -- by a team of German scientists led by Alexander Schmidt, of Georg-August University, Göttingen, resulting in the discovery of the three arthropods. The tiny arthropods were studied by Grimaldi and Evert Lindquist, an expert on gall mites at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa.

 


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Animals Are As "Conscious and Aware" As Humans Are. This IS A Big Deal!

Animals Are As "Conscious and Aware" As Humans Are. This IS A Big Deal! | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it

An international group of prominent scientists supports the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are. The list includes all mammals, birds and even some encephalopods. The group says consciousness can emerge even in those animals that are very much unlike humans.

 

The field of Consciousness research is rapidly evolving. Abundant new techniques and strategies for human and non-human animal research have been developed. Consequently, more data is becoming readily available, and this calls for a periodic reevaluation of previously held preconceptions in this field. Studies of non-human animals have shown that homologous brain circuits correlated with conscious experience and perception can be selectively facilitated and disrupted to assess whether they are in fact necessary for those experiences. Moreover, in humans, new non-invasive techniques are readily available to survey the correlates of consciousness.

 

The neural substrates of emotions do not appear to be confined to cortical structures. In fact, subcortical neural networks aroused during affective states in humans are also critically important for generating emotional behaviors in animals. Artificial arousal of the same brain regions generates corresponding behavior and feeling states in both humans and non-human animals. Wherever in the brain one evokes instinctual emotional behaviors in non-human animals, many of the ensuing behaviors are consistent with experienced feeling states, including those internal states that are rewarding and punishing. Deep brain stimulation of these systems in humans can also generate similar affective states. Systems associated with affect are concentrated in subcortical regions where neural homologies abound. Young human and nonhuman animals without neocortices retain these brain-mind functions. Furthermore, neural circuits supporting behavioral/electrophysiological states of attentiveness, sleep and decision making appear to have arisen in evolution as early as the invertebrate radiation, being evident in insects and cephalopod mollusks (e.g., octopus).

 

Birds appear to offer, in their behavior, neurophysiology, and neuroanatomy a striking case of parallel evolution of consciousness. Evidence of near human-like levels of consciousness has been most dramatically observed in African grey parrots. Mammalian and avian emotional networks and cognitive microcircuitries appear to be far more homologous than previously thought. Moreover, certain species of birds have been found to exhibit neural sleep patterns similar to those of mammals, including REM sleep and, as was demonstrated in zebra finches, neurophysiological patterns, previously thought to require a mammalian neocortex. Magpies in articular have been shown to exhibit striking similarities to humans, great apes, dolphins, and elephants in studies of mirror self-recognition.

 

In humans, the effect of certain hallucinogens appears to be associated with a disruption in cortical feedforward and feedback processing. Pharmacological interventions in non-human animals with compounds known to affect conscious behavior in humans can lead to similar perturbations in behavior in non-human animals. In humans, there is evidence to suggest that awareness is correlated with cortical activity, which does not exclude possible contributions by subcortical or early cortical processing, as in visual awareness. Evidence that human and nonhuman animal emotional feelings arise from homologous subcortical brain networks provide compelling evidence for evolutionarily shared primal affective qualia.


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Fish play video game at Princeton

Fish play video game at Princeton | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
University researchers develop a "video game" to observe fish targeting their prey.

 

The team at Princeton University developed a simulation based on the type of prey favoured by the species. The simple "game" featured red dots which moved and swarmed in different ways against a translucent screen. They found that the fish were less likely to try to attack the dots when . . .


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Scientists Prove DNA Can Be Reprogrammed by Words and Frequencies — the Power of Hyper-Communication

Scientists Prove DNA Can Be Reprogrammed by Words and Frequencies — the Power of Hyper-Communication | Generation Genetik | Scoop.it
by Grazyna Fosar and Franz Bludorf Compiled, summarized and translated by Bärbel Mohr THE HUMAN DNA IS A BIOLOGICAL INTERNET and superior in many aspects to the artificial one.  Russian scientific ...

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