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Bees That Drink Sweat From People’s Skin and Tears From People’s Eyes | 80beats | Discover Magazine

Bees That Drink Sweat From People’s Skin and Tears From People’s Eyes | 80beats | Discover Magazine | Factoids | Scoop.it

Have you ever thought about how nutritious your bodily fluids are? Full of goodies like salts and proteins…Wild bees know all about it, feeding human sweat and tears as a source of nutrition. Urban sweat bees, for example, use humans like a salt lick. “These bees prefer sweaty people—over most animals—because the human diet usually is so salty that their perspiration is saturated with the essential nutrient,” according to a recent feature in the Wall Street Journal on sweat bees. A new species (Lasioglossum gotham) of these bees was recently identified from a specimen netted in the heart of Brooklyn. Although they are as a group fairly common, they’re tiny and they don’t sting, which is why you probably haven’t heard New Yorkers complaining about them.


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Y U NO CHURP?

Y U NO CHURP? | Factoids | Scoop.it

At Churp Churp, you'll always get the freshest news to hit the Internet, and earn from sharing great stuff with your friends too. Did we mention that even your favourite local celebrities are Churping too?

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You Are Not A Drug - Around 20% of the Human Genome is under Patent today

You Are Not A Drug - Around 20% of the Human Genome is under Patent today | Factoids | Scoop.it

p to 20 per cent of the human genome is under a patent today, preventing innovative medical research into life-threatening illnesses. If successful, a new Bill to ban gene patenting may put a stop to that.

 

In Washington DC, Dr. James Watson is arguing for his great discovery, the double helix structure of DNA, to be freed from its restrictive bonds. Not the sugar and phosphate bonds that form the backbone of our genetic code but from bonds of different, but equally intricate, kind: patent monopolies.

 

In Sydney, Yvonne D’arcy, a woman with breast cancer, has her day in court. Five days in fact, signifying the importance of her case. D’arcy, along with Cancer Voices Australia, is challenging not only a particular patent monopoly but the decades-old practice of Australia’s patent office, IP Australia, to award patent monopolies over isolated human genes.

 

Connecting these two cases is the right of individuals to access their genetic information and the democratic diffusion of knowledge about what makes us… us.

 


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7 Super Useful Infographics About Google+ and a Lesson From Each | Unbounce

7 Super Useful Infographics About Google+ and a Lesson From Each | Unbounce | Factoids | Scoop.it
If you still have doubts about Google+, check out this collection of infographics and tips to make the most of it's power - especially for search.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 13, 2013 2:45 PM

great resource! Thanks Robin!

frauheinze's curator insight, February 14, 2013 8:30 AM
there is also an infographic Google+ vs. facebook... nice :)