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Panda: I Have a Thyroid Condition

The researchers found that pandas get by on shoots and leaves because they expend extremely small amounts of energy.

A typical adult panda burns up about 38% of the calories used by other, similarly sized animals.

The scientists found the bears' slow-moving ways were linked to low levels of thyroid hormones.

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"We found that their low metabolism is correlated with very low levels of thyroid hormones, which was linked to a genetic mutation in the thyroid hormone synthesis pathway that is unique to the panda."

These hormone levels were the equivalent to those found in hibernating black bears.

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In my head, it's the lack of sufficient food energy that makes them so sloth-like, but they're not clever enough to try eating something more suitable to their digestive system. How fast could you move if you were half-starved? If they move, they'll die!


By min | July 10, 2015, 1:47 PM | Science | Comments (0)| Link



Frog Robot

I want the frog robot!

Using a multimaterial 3-D printer, a group of scientists led by Robert Wood at Harvard University created a froglike robot from both rigid and soft materials. [Nicholas W. Bartlett et al, A 3-D-printed, functionally graded soft robot powered by combustion]

The robot's body is stiff near the core control center, making it durable enough to be combustion-powered, while the bot's flexible outer edges help it stick the landing.

It could make friends with the dog robot bob's getting me.


By min | July 10, 2015, 9:19 AM | Science | Comments (1)| Link



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