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  • ‘I felt eternal hell’: These crabs can lift 60 pounds, and put a hurting on a hand

    11/28/2016 1:43:02 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 56 replies
    the new stribune.com ^ | 28 Nov 2016 | BEN GUARINO
    The truth is coconut crabs are immense - up to 18 inches long and 9 pounds - and their oddities do not end with bodily superlatives... In practice, however, Oka’s research was a brief sojourn into the world of arthropod-inflicted pain. Crab pincers snagged the fleshy part of his palm during the study. Twice. “When I was pinched, I couldn’t do anything until they unfastened their claws,” Oka said. “Although it was a few minutes, I felt eternal hell.” Despite the threat of a few minutes of hellish pain, Oka and his colleagues remained undeterred. “We are going to continue...
  • There's a massive 'crab swarm' off the coast of Panama

    04/12/2016 3:32:27 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 50 replies
    mashable.com ^ | 12Apr 2016 | Brian Ries
    "As we slowly moved down to the bottom of the seafloor, all of the sudden we saw these things," Pineda said. "At first, we thought they were biogenic rocks or structures. Once we saw them moving—swarming like insects—we couldn't believe it." The crabs are Pleuroncodes planipes, or tuna crabs, and are usually found around Baja California. The Panamanian coast is a long way from home. "No one had ever found this species that far south," Pineda said. "To find a species at the extreme of their range and to be so abundant is very unusual."
  • I tried 'Bernie Singles,' the new dating site for Bernie Sanders supporters

    02/25/2016 10:54:35 AM PST · by FatherofFive · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 22, 2016 | Leanna Garfield, Tech Insider
    There are dating sites for everyone these days — there's Christian Mingle, Senior People Meet, Fitness Singles, JDate, Millionaire Match, and even a site exclusively for white people. Now there's Bernie Singles, a new hyper-specific dating site for Bernie Sanders supporters. Since it launched Thursday, the site has racked up more than 4,930 members in search of Democratic Socialist baes.
  • Shy guys make the best LOVERS: Timid hermit crabs found to be better mates than those who are bolder

    03/06/2015 11:51:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 6, 2015 | Richard Gray
    It is sometimes necessary for men wanting to attract the opposite sex to come out of their shell. Yet it seems that by often choosing the bolder males, women may be missing out on the best possible mate. Researchers have found that the shyest males actually have the most to offer a potential lover - at least in the world of hermit crabs.
  • "Crabs for Christmas" from WMPT show "Crabs"(Merry Christmas from Maryland, Hon!)

    12/15/2014 6:04:24 PM PST · by RedMDer · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | WMPT
    Uploaded on Apr 28, 2009 From Maryland Public TV, the Crabs for Christmas song by David DeBoy from the old Crabs Tv series from the mid 80's, this was taped before I had cable so its fuzzy
  • Deadliest Catch Captain Tells Congress He Can’t Fish Because of Shutdown

    10/12/2013 8:00:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/11/2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Senate Democrats hosted Deadliest Catch Captain Keith Colburn on the Hill today to say that he can’t go fishing because of the government shutdown. Colburn was testifying at this afternoon’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the economic impacts of the government shutdown. “This is the first time in my 28 years of fishing that I haven’t been in the Bering Sea in October getting ready to go fish,” Colburn said “Many fishermen and coastal communities are already facing tough times. This unnecessary shutdown may be the tipping point if the situation isn’t resolved soon… I’m a small businessman in a...
  • Great lice debate comes to a head

    09/13/2004 4:39:41 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 32 replies · 1,151+ views
    newscientist.com ^ | 13 September 04 | Rachel Nowak, Melbourne
    Great lice debate comes to a head 17:31 13 September 04 Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition. Subscribe and get 4 free issues. A new genetic analysis may finally settle the question, and even help when it comes to getting rid of the little parasites, which are staging a comeback in rich countries. Linnaeus named the human louse Pediculus humanus in 1758, but later realised there might be two sorts. Debate has gone on ever since. Those who regard body lice as a separate species point out that they are bigger than head lice and live in clothes rather than...
  • Lice offer clues to origin of clothing

    08/20/2003 3:05:55 PM PDT · by demlosers · 393 replies · 504+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 8/18/2003 | Tim Friend
    <p>Human body lice appear to owe their origin to the invention of clothing, and the types that reside on our bodies appear to have hitchhiked along as modern humans migrated out of Africa about 100,000 years ago.</p> <p>Mark Stoneking and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, made the connection between the origin of clothing and the rise of human body lice by checking so-called molecular clocks found in the cells of all living creatures.</p>
  • Human Evolution: Tale of the Y

    08/10/2008 4:21:37 AM PDT · by Soliton · 58 replies · 73+ views
    newsweek ^ | 8/8/08 | Sharon Begley
    Nothing against fossils, but when it comes to tracing the story of human evolution they’re taking a back seat lately to everything from DNA to lice, and even the DNA of lice. A few years ago scientists compared the DNA of body lice (which are misnamed: they live in clothing, not the human body) to that of head lice, from which they evolved, and concluded that the younger lineage split off from the older no more than 114,000 years ago, as I described in a cover story last year. Since body lice probably arose when a new habitat did, and...
  • Why Humans and Their Fur Parted Ways

    08/19/2003 5:41:06 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 142 replies · 32,635+ views
    The New York Times (Science Times) ^ | August 19, 2003 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Illustration by Michael Rothman Before An Australopithecus, sporting full-bodied fur about four million years ago. After An archaic human walked fur-free about 1.2 million years ago, carrying fire on the savanna ONE of the most distinctive evolutionary changes as humans parted company from their fellow apes was their loss of body hair. But why and when human body hair disappeared, together with the matter of when people first started to wear clothes, are questions that have long lain beyond the reach of archaeology and paleontology. Ingenious solutions to both issues have now been proposed, independently, by two research groups analyzing...
  • Lice From Mummies Provide Clues To Ancient Migrations

    02/06/2008 5:34:40 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 83+ views
    IHT ^ | 2-6-2008 | John Noble Wilford
    Lice from mummies provide clues to ancient migrations By John Noble Wilford Published: February 6, 2008 When two pre-Columbian individuals died 1,000 years ago, arid conditions in the region of what is now Peru naturally mummified their bodies, down to the head lice in their long, braided hair. This was all scientists needed, they reported Wednesday, to extract well-preserved louse DNA and establish that the parasites had accompanied their human hosts in the original peopling of the Americas, probably as early as 15,000 years ago. The DNA matched that of the most common type of louse known to exist worldwide,...
  • Gorillas Gave Humans 'The Crabs'

    03/07/2007 9:48:12 AM PST · by presidio9 · 96 replies · 1,772+ views
    Live Science ^ | 03/07/07 | Charles Q. Choi
    Humans caught pubic lice, aka "the crabs," from gorillas roughly three million years ago, scientists now report. ADVERTISEMENT Rather than close encounters of the intimate kind, researchers explained humans most likely got the lice, which most commonly live in pubic hair, from sleeping in gorilla nests or eating the apes. "It certainly wouldn't have to be what many people are going to immediately assume it might have been, and that is sexual intercourse occurring between humans and gorillas," explained researcher David Reed of the Florida Museum of Natural History. "Instead of something sordid, it could easily have stemmed from an...
  • Pubic Lice Leapt From Gorillas To Early Humans

    03/07/2007 11:22:23 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 653+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-7-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Pubic lice leapt from gorillas to early humans 18:26 07 March 2007 NewScientist.com news service Roxanne Khamsi A genetic analysis of pubic lice suggests the parasites were transferred between early humans and gorillas about 3.3 million years ago. Researchers say the findings suggest close contact between our ancestors and gorillas. But they claim it is far more likely that early humans caught the lice from sleeping in abandoned gorilla nests than from having sex with gorillas. Pubic lice – also known as crabs – can leave irritating spots on the skin when they feed on the blood of their hosts....
  • Freedom from lice may have led to modern allergies

    04/22/2009 5:32:15 PM PDT · by decimon · 19 replies · 474+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Apr. 22, 2009 | Debora MacKenzie
    Humanity's bug-infested past might be why we have more allergies today (Image: James Gathany/ Center for Disease Control and Prevention, USA) It is well established that intestinal parasites dampen mammalian immune reactions. But in a surprise result, scientists have found that another kind of parasite – the body louse – does too. That means the epidemic of allergic disorders in modern, urban people might be due to our having rid ourselves of lice and worms.
  • Lice hang ancient date on first clothes: Genetic analysis puts origin at 190,000 years ago

    04/23/2010 6:41:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies · 701+ views
    Science News ^ | May 8th, 2010 | Bruce Bower
    Using DNA to trace the evolutionary split between head and body lice, researchers conclude that body lice first came on the scene approximately 190,000 years ago. And that shift, the scientists propose, followed soon after people first began wearing clothing... sheds light on a poorly understood cultural development that allowed people to settle in northern, cold regions, said Andrew Kitchen of Pennsylvania State University in University Park. Armed with little direct evidence, scientists had previously estimated that clothing originated anywhere from around 1 million to 40,000 years ago. An earlier analysis of mitochondrial DNA from the two modern types of...
  • In Lice, Clues to Human Origin and Attire

    03/07/2007 11:44:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 58 replies · 1,272+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 8, 2007 | NICHOLAS WADE
    One of the more embarrassing mysteries of human evolution is that people are host to no fewer than three kinds of louse while most species have just one. Even bleaker for the human reputation, the pubic louse, which gets its dates and residence-swapping opportunities when its hosts are locked in intimate embrace, does not seem to be a true native of the human body. Its closest relative is the gorilla louse. (Don’t even think about it.) Louse specialists now seem at last to have solved the question of how people came by their superabundance of fellow travelers. And in doing...
  • Extinct humans left louse legacy(Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens)

    10/16/2004 3:53:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,281+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10/06/04 | Paul Rincon
    Extinct humans left louse legacy By Paul Rincon BBC News Online science staff The evolutionary history of head lice is tied very closely to that of their hosts Some head lice infesting people today were probably spread to us thousands of years ago by an extinct species of early human, a genetics study reveals. It shows that when our ancestors left Africa after 100,000 years ago, they made direct contact with tribes of "archaic" peoples, probably in Asia. Lice could have jumped from them on to our ancestors during fights, sex, clothes-sharing or even cannibalism. Details of the research appear...
  • UF study of lice DNA shows humans first wore clothes 170,000 years ago

    01/06/2011 1:54:04 PM PST · by decimon · 53 replies
    University of Florida ^ | January 6, 2011 | Danielle Torrent
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study following the evolution of lice shows modern humans started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago, a technology which enabled them to successfully migrate out of Africa. Principal investigator David Reed, associate curator of mammals at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus, studies lice in modern humans to better understand human evolution and migration patterns. His latest five-year study used DNA sequencing to calculate when clothing lice first began to diverge genetically from human head lice. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the study is available online and...
  • Lice DNA Study Shows Humans First Wore Clothes 170,000 Years Ago

    01/09/2011 9:30:07 AM PST · by Salman · 21 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Jan. 7, 2011 | Science Daily staff writer
    A new University of Florida study following the evolution of lice shows modern humans started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago, a technology which enabled them to successfully migrate out of Africa. Principal investigator David Reed, associate curator of mammals at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus, studies lice in modern humans to better understand human evolution and migration patterns. His latest five-year study used DNA sequencing to calculate when clothing lice first began to diverge genetically from human head lice. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the study is available online and appears in this...
  • Head and body lice appear to be the same species, genetic study finds (Cooties is Cooties)

    04/09/2012 11:01:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    http://phys.org.com ^ | 04-09-2012 | Provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    A new study offers compelling genetic evidence that head and body lice are the same species. The finding is of special interest because body lice can transmit deadly bacterial diseases, while head lice do not. The study appears in the journal Insect Molecular Biology. Scientists have long debated whether human head and body lice are the same or different species. The head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) is a persistent nuisance, clinging to and laying its eggs in the hair, digging its mouthparts into the scalp and feeding on blood several times a day. The body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus) tends...