August 8, 2015: Hair, melanoma, dogs and woodlice

In the countdown to the National Science Week, National Science Communication Challenge, some interesting research has been emerging from across the globe.

Individual woodlice respond to and recover differently to Tonic Immobility, suggesting unique personalities

Isopod Curled up like an Armadillo https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3157/2411726099_fbdc822dbe_z.jpg?zz=1

A little ball of armour
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The woodlice, Porcellio scaber, has recently been studied by Dr Ivan Tuf.

His team revealed some results that teach us more about invertebrates than we ever imagined.

Recent studies have revealed genetic markers linked to melanoma

Inviting the sun into your genes https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/76/eb/86/76eb8653a27311c41d986c62dc3be97e.jpg

Inviting the sun into your genes
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Samples from over 35, 000 people have provided an insight into the development of melanoma, a disease that affected over 40, 000 Australians between 2005 – 2009.

MRI studies reveal dogs are capable of complex facial recognition, similar to humans and other primates

Man's best friend (Image: amazonaws.com)

Man's best friend (Image: amazonaws.com)

 

Research involving six dogs required some impressive canine training and reveal some very interesting results about man’s best friend.

A layer of beta-keratin in the hair shaft has been identified

Electron Micrograph of a hair Modified from: http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/201507/r1455553_21177742.jpg

Electron Micrograph of a hair
Modified from: (Image: http://www.abc.net.au)

 

A new layer in the hair shaft has been discovered, raising some interesting questions about different hair types, their origins and function.

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