DailyDirt: Biological Curiosities
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Biology always seems like the messy and gooey branch of science. Biology contains a bunch of strange phenomena that seemingly exist just because they're possible. Here are just a few quirky biological discoveries.
- Asteroids could have been the original source of chirality in our biological history. Some carbon-rich meteorites seem to have an excess of L-isovaline (a chiral isomer of the biologically important amino acid, L-valine), but the reason why the excess exists is still a mystery. [url]
- There's a type of slime mold that has been dubbed the 'smallest farmer' -- since it can store and grow its own food. The single-celled amoeba eats bacteria and carries around its favorite food just in case local supplies run out. When it eats up all the bacteria in its neighborhood, it moves on and grows bacteria where it settles down next. [url]
- Japanese researchers have created a genetically engineered mouse that tweets like a bird. The research is supposed to investigate the origins of animal language, and it'll be really amazing when they grow a mouse that can tweet... on Twitter. [url]
- To discover more interesting biological curiosities, check out what's currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]