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How to milk a pigeon

Milk is produced by mammals in order to provide nutrition to their growing young. It's pretty special stuff, as not only does it provide all the nutrients and energy needed to fuel a growing baby (consider that for at least six months a human infant drinks nothing but milk) it also aids in the development of both the immune system and the baby's microbiotica - the bacteria that develop in its gut and stomach.Although milk is exclusively a mammalian production, some birds, such as pigeons, penguins and flamingos, produce a milk-like substance which provides similar benefits to their young...

November 4, 2012 — S.E. Gould
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How Computational Models Are Improving Medicine [Video]

The more we learn about cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's, the more vexingly complex they seem—and the more elusive their cures. Even with cutting-edge imaging technology, biomarker tests and genetic data, we are still far from understanding the multifaceted causes and varied developmental stages of these illnesses.With the advent of powerful computing, better modeling programs and a flood of raw biomedical data, researchers have been anticipating a leap forward in their abilities to decipher the intricate dynamics involved human disease...

November 3, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

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