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Left-Handed Snails Have Advantage
Thursday, March 23, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Left-handed snails are better than righties at defending against predators, according to a new study that suggests lefties have the same competitive advantage in nature that they enjoy on the baseball diamond or in the boxing ring.

The study, published in this month's Royal Society Biology Letters, suggests that snails whose shells coil toward the left were more likely to survive crab attacks than those whose shells coil toward the right.

"It's just a frequency issue," said Yale geologist Gregory P. Dietl, one of the study's authors. "As long as you're rare, you're going to have an advantage."

The researchers studied about 1,800 snail fossils, looking for scarring evidence of a predator attack. Scarring was found more frequently on right-handed snails, the study said.

Researchers offered two explanations for the advantage. Because most crabs are right-handed, they said, cracking into a shell that opens on the opposite side might be more difficult.

Alternatively, researchers said crabs might simply not be used to attacking lefties, just as baseball pitchers face fewer left-handed batters.

"It's the same thing here in nature," Dietl said. "These snails that are left-handed, they have an advantage. It doesn't become an advantage if lefties are just as common as righties."
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テーマ:生命科学 - ジャンル:学問・文化・芸術

【2006/03/24 09:27】 | science | トラックバック(0) | コメント(0) |
Game Addiction
JUST TAKE MY WORD FOR IT! MY LIFE IS RUINED, ITS NOW LIKE A FRIGGING NUCLEAR WASTE LAND WHICH I HAVE TO REBUILD TO ITS ORIGINAL GARDIN OF EDIN BEAUTY! THIS WILL TAKE A LONGGGGG TIME AND THE PROCESS WILL BE HELL ON EARTH!

-JEFFREY RUSSEL STARK


I accidentally found this page I linked above.

Although I have never played anything on PC world and known nothing about addiction, I think this one is serious.
I feel his pain through his words.
I have no intention to criticize game itself, but people who try to help others overcoming thier own pain, always impress me.
Good heart.

テーマ:EverQuest2 - ジャンル:オンラインゲーム

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