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Marine biology 11/08 2016

Greenland sharks live for hundreds of years

The more than 5 meter long Greenland shark is one of the world's largest sharks but also one of the least understood animals. A new method based on carbon-14 dating shows a life expectancy of at least 272 years which making the Greenland shark the oldest of all vertebrate animals known.

Using ancient DNA, researchers have created a unique picture of how a prehistoric migration route evolved over thousands of years – revealing that it could not have been used by the first people to enter the Americas, as traditionally thought. The established theory about the route by which Ice Age peoples first reached the present-day United States has now been challenged.

Cancer 02/08/16

Gentle cancer treatment using nanoparticles works

Cancer treatments based on laser irridation of tiny nanoparticles that are injected directly into the cancer tumor are working and can destroy the cancer from within.

Diabetes 13/07 2016

Gut bacteria imbalance increases diabetes risk

New knowledge about the billions of gut bacteria we carry around may improve our understanding of health disorders like type 2 diabetes.

Alzheimers 06/07 2016

Testing for Alzheimer's before the disease sets in

New research lead by the Danish professor Maiken Nedergaard suggests that a diagnostic test will be able to identify who is at risk of being hit by Alzheimer’s disease in later life.

Artificial evolution 29/06 2016

Humans artificially drive evolution of new species

A new study summarises causes of manmade speciation, and discusses why newly evolved species cannot simply replace extinct wild species. The study was led by the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the University of Copenhagen.

Climate 27/06 2016

Warning from the past: Future global warming could be even warmer

By reconstructing past global warming and the carbon cycle on Earth 56 million years ago, researchers have used computer modelling to calculate the potential perspective for future global warming, which could be even warmer than previously thought.


Salts in the brain control our sleep

New research shows that the level of salts in the brain plays a critical role in whether we are asleep or awake. This discovery may be of great importance to research on psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia and convulsive fits from lack of sleep.

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