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Female penises evolved twice in bark lice
21-December-2018

In a group of bark lice, a penis has evolved twice – in the females. In their nutrient-scarce environment, “seminal gifts” are an incentive for females to force mating, leading to the co-evolution of female penises and male vaginas.

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Contact: Tyler Tannert Institution: Hokkaido University Category: Science
 
Case-control study of breast cancer risk factors in Malaysia
17-December-2018

Major study of 7,663 Malaysian women shows that breastfeeding, physical activity and soy intake are protective against breast cancer. The findings were from the Malaysian Breast Cancer (MyBrCA) genetic study and the Malaysian Mammographic Density (MyMammo) study.

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Contact: University of Malaya Institution: University of Malaya Category: Medicine
 
Sphinx molecule to rescue African farmers from witchweed
17-December-2018
 
MuSCAT2 to find Earth-like Planets in the TESS Era
17-December-2018

A Japan-Spain team has developed a powerful 4-color simultaneous camera named MuSCAT2 for the 1.52-m Telescopio Carlos Sánchez at the Teide Observatory. The instrument aims to find transiting exoplanets, including Earth-like habitable planets orbiting stars near the Sun, in collaboration with NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

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Contact: Hitoshi Yamaoka Institution: National Astronomial Observatory of Japan Category: Science
 
Preventing fatal harvest of mushrooms
17-December-2018

Chlorophyllum molybdites is the poisonous mushroom most frequently reported in Malaysia. The mushroom is confused with Termitomyces mushroom, the edible type. Researchers worked with clinicians and provide training for the doctors about the study of fungus, clinical management of mushroom poisoning and mushroom toxicology surveillance system.

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Contact: University of Malaya Institution: University of Malaya Category: Medicine
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