It’s official: penis size does matter

From ABC News in Science, 9 April 2013: After aeons of speculation, science has finally answered the biggest question of all – Does penis size matter? – with a resounding ‘yes’. Australian researchers have found that penis size is just as important as height when it comes to female assessment of male attractiveness, and that Continue reading It’s official: penis size does matter

Heart disease a 4000-year old ‘serial killer’

From ABC News in Science, 11 March 2013: The diseased arteries of ancient mummies are challenging modern assumptions about the causes of cardiovascular disease. Whole-body CT scans of 137 mummies from different countries, cultures and lifestyles spanning 4000 years of history has found evidence of hardened arteries in at least one-third of the mummies. The Continue reading Heart disease a 4000-year old ‘serial killer’

The early life of the West Australian dhufish

From Fish magazine, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, March 2013: For a fish as prevalent and important as the West Australian Dhufish, its offspring have remained under the research radar for a remarkably long time. Endemic to Western Australia, the Dhufish (Glaucosoma hebraicum) is a favourite of recreational and commercial fishers. But, until recently, little Continue reading The early life of the West Australian dhufish

Genetic technology in the management of wild fisheries

From Fish magazine, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, March 2013: Genetic technology provides a powerful new tool to understand how wild fish populations live, grow and change, and help ensure the longterm sustainability of wild fisheries. Genetic technology has an enormous amount to offer the industry, from those in the fisheries right through to the Continue reading Genetic technology in the management of wild fisheries

Tooth decay bacteria evolved as diet changed

From ABC Science, News in Science, February 18, 2013: Mesolithic hunter-gatherers living on a meat-dominated, grain-free diet had much healthier mouths that we have today, with almost no cavities and gum disease-associated bacteria, a genetic study of ancient dental plaque has revealed. The international team of researchers, led by a group at the Australian Centre Continue reading Tooth decay bacteria evolved as diet changed

DNA dating study kills off ‘Jurassic Park’

From ABC Science Online, News in Science, 10 October: Reconstructing dinosaurs from ancient DNA has been dealt a blow with a new study finding genetic material can only last one million years. An international team of researchers reached the finding after analysing DNA extracted from bones of the extinct New Zealand moa. They found that Continue reading DNA dating study kills off ‘Jurassic Park’

Gut bacteria reveals human migration

From ABC Science, News in Science, 23 January 2009: A bacterial parasite known to cause stomach ulcers is shedding new light on ancient patterns of human migration across the Pacific region, according to an international study. In the latest edition of Science, researchers report that their study of the distribution of Helicobacter pylori genotypes has Continue reading Gut bacteria reveals human migration