Archive: 06/4/2008

Brief, intense exercise benefits the heart

Short bursts of high intensity sprints -- known to benefit muscle and improve exercise performance—can improve the function and structure of blood vessels, in particular arteries that deliver blood to our muscles and heart, ...

Jun 04, 2008 4.5 / 5 (45) 0

Cartilage regeneration '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'

Bioengineers at Rice University have discovered that intense pressure -- similar to what someone would experience more than a half-mile beneath the ocean's surface -- stimulates cartilage cells to grow new tissue with nearly ...

Jun 04, 2008 4.6 / 5 (26) 3

Parasitoid turns its host into a bodyguard

There are many examples of parasites that induce spectacular changes in the behaviour of their host. Flukes, for example, are thought to induce ants, their intermediate host, to move up onto blades of grass during the night ...

Jun 04, 2008 4 / 5 (3) 0

New Zealand bird outwits alien predators

New research published in this week's PLoS ONE, led by Dr Melanie Massaro and Dr Jim Briskie at the University of Canterbury, which found that the New Zealand bellbird is capable of changing its nesting behaviour to protect ...

Jun 04, 2008 4.5 / 5 (6) 0