News Round-Up August 31st – September 13th

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Hello, and welcome to the #bioscisews round-up! This is the place where you can find all the important biosci new stories from the past week, in a short, digestible paragraph.

This week’s news

A cure for jetlag? Researchers in Austria have found that, if you can stomach it, a blood transfusion could alleviate symptoms of jet lag. It appears that a lack of sleep has a severe effect on red blood cells, so replenishing them should help reverse the effects of jet lag! On a serious note, this could potentially be very useful for shift workers, where incidences of heart disease are higher.

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Meningitis and starting university. If you are starting university or even returning, it is important you know about meningitis, and how to recognise the symptoms – it could save a life. Common symptoms can include:

  • Fever with cold hands and feet
  • Vomiting
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Severe headache
  • Sensitive to bright lights
  • A distinctive rash
  • Drowsiness and difficulty waking up

Meningitis bacteria, SEM

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The importance of iron-oxidising bacteria. A new study has indicated that iron-oxidising bacteria probably sustained the global carbon cycle prior to oxygen dependent species arising.

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New human ancestor discovered The announcement of the discovery of ancient hominid fossils in South Africa got evolutionary biologists really excited. The original paper is open access, and there is some wonderful coverage by National Geographic.

Hand and foot

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s news round-up, thanks for reading!

Stewart Barker                                                                                                                   The University of Sheffield                                                                                                     @Stewart_Barker

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Meet our new cousin: Homo naledi

Something very exciting happened this year. We heard the announcement of a new species – quite ancient but closely related to our very own species: the Homo naledi.

In October 2013, two recreational covers (Rick Hunter and Steven Tucher) happened upon some fossil bones within a cave, known as the Dinaledi chamber, located within the Gauteng province of South Africa.

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