How Do Bats Communicate

Scientists find bats can call dibs on their food, warn rival bats to stay away

By on March 28, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Scientists find bats can call dibs on their food, warn rival bats to stay away

It turns out we’re more like bats that we ever imagined, for just as we can call dibs on the last slice of pizza, bats can call dibs on the bugs they’re about to eat. MDConnects reports that biologists at the University of Maryland have discovered that male brown bats can use a special sound known as a “frequency-modulated bout” (FMB) that lets nearby bats know that they’ve put in a claim on a particular piece of food and thus letting them know to stay away. Apparently this ultrasonic call is produced exclusively by flying male brown bats while foraging as the scientists found female brown bats did not emit any such sounds. More →

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Marijuana Health Benefits Cardiology

Could pot be good for your heart?

By on February 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Could pot be good for your heart?

OK, so it’s definitely an exaggeration to say that smoking a bowl is good for your heart but it turns out that pot’s major psychoactive component does have some benefits to keeping your heart safe during a major coronary blockage. According to a study published in Biochemical Pharmacology, administering a tiny dose of tetrahydrocannabinol (a.k.a., THC) can help reduce damage done to your heart if you’re suffering from myocardial ischemia, which is what happens when your heart’s arteries are partially or completely blocked. More →

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Coffee Memory Benefits Study

Yet another way coffee will improve your life

By on February 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

Yet another way coffee will improve your life

We all know coffee is good for us and that it’s just a matter of time before scientific studies everywhere confirm this. Now, it looks like we’re one step closer to this glorious day because researchers have found coffee apparently improves one’s long-term memory. According to a study from the journal Nature Neuroscience, study participants who received caffeine were better at remembering images shown to them a day before. More →

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