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Platypus could solve mammal mysteries

12 years ago from Science Alert

An international team of scientists have sequenced the platypus genome, which could aid conservation efforts and explain mysteries of human evolution.

Training natives to fear cane toads

12 years ago from Science Alert

New research suggests that exposing native animals to smaller cane toads could teach them to stay away from the pests, before more dangerous invaders arrive.

New finding may explain some hearing loss

12 years ago from UPI

MEMPHIS, May 12 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists said their findings about how sounds are amplified in the inner ear might explain how genetic mutation or drug overdose hearing...

Oldest gorilla looks fabulous at 55

12 years ago from MSNBC: Science

A gorilla recognized as the world's oldest in captivity celebrated her 55th birthday by munching down a four-layer frozen fruit cake and banana leaf wrapped treats.

Prions Show Their Good Side

12 years ago from Science Daily

Prions, the infamous agents behind mad cow disease and its human variation, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, also have a helpful side. New research shows that normally functioning prions prevent neurons from working...

Superbug Genome Sequenced: Steno Has Remarkable Capacity For Drug Resistance

12 years ago from Science Daily

The genome of a newly-emerging superbug, commonly known as Steno, has just been sequenced. The results reveal an organism with a remarkable capacity for drug resistance. The research was carried...

Priority Regions For Threatened Frog And Toad Conservation In Latin America

12 years ago from Science Daily

Nearly 35% of all amphibians are now threatened of extinction raising them to the position of the most endangered group of animals in the world. Decline of amphibian populations and...

Study: Developing neurons fight to survive

12 years ago from UPI

BALTIMORE, May 8 (UPI) -- U.S. neuroscientists say they have discovered how body tissue aids new peripheral nerve cells to kill neighboring nerves.

Method found to make tumors easier to kill

12 years ago from UPI

ST. LOUIS, May 8 (UPI) -- U.S. medical scientists have found a vulnerability they say can be used to make cancer cells easier to heat and radiate and,...

Does the brain control muscles or movements?

12 years ago from Biology News Net

One of the major scientific questions about the brain is how it can translate the simple intent to perform an action—say, reach for a glass—into the dynamic, coordinated symphony of...

MicroRNAs appear essential for retinal health

12 years ago from Biology News Net

Retinas in newborn mice appear perfectly fine without any help from tiny bits of genetic material called microRNAs except for one thing — the retinas do not work.

It started with a squeak: Moonlight serenade helps lemurs pick mates of the right species

12 years ago from Physorg

Lonely hearts columns testify that finding a partner can be hard enough, but at least most human beings can be fairly certain that when we do we have got one...

Common herbicide disrupts human hormone activity in cell studies

12 years ago from Physorg

A common weedkiller in the U.S., already suspected of causing sexual abnormalities in frogs and fish, has now been found to alter hormonal signaling in human cells, scientists from the...

Plants' Flavonoids Have Beneficial Effect On Alzheimer's Disease, Study In Mice Suggests

12 years ago from Science Daily

A new study in mice suggests molecules in plants may have beneficial effects on Alzheimer's disease. Researchers administered molecules called flavonoids, which are found in certain fruits and vegetables, to...

Anesthetics Interfere with Nerve Regeneration

12 years ago from Science Blog

A hair strand-thin worm is providing substantial clues on how nerves regenerate, offering insight and hope to finding genes that affect nerve generation and ultimately new drugs and therapies for...

Researchers gather autistic-related DNA

12 years ago from UPI

MONTREAL, May 7 (UPI) -- Canadian and U.S. scientists say they're creating an autistic DNA database involving cases in which there is only one family member with autism.

Probe into giant iguana slaughter

12 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Cayman Island authorities investigate the killing of six critically endangered giant blue iguanas.

$227 million in grants going to build California stem cell labs

12 years ago from LA Times - Science

UCLA, USC and UC Irvine are among a dozen research centers getting the money. ...

Eavesdropping on whales to avoid ship strikes

12 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Ship strikes are the top human-related cause of death for these mammals. But new technology could soon help safeguard the whales by using sound, not sight, to track the creatures'...

Brittlestars can survive acid oceans

12 years ago from News @ Nature

But the biological cost of maintaining their skeletons may be to high.

'Sex pest' seal attacks penguin

12 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

A misguided seal is recorded attempting the most extreme case of mammal mating behaviour yet observed.

Rallying cry from frog stronghold

12 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Conservationists need help in ensuring amphibians thrive in their natural strongholds in the south of Scotland.

Joy over India tiger cubs births

12 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Fourteen tiger cubs are spotted in an Indian reserve, in a rare boost to halt the decline in their numbers.

Cod fall may speed 'toxic tide'

12 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Declining fish stocks could be partially responsible for algal blooms in parts of the oceans, researchers find.

Rice Plants That Resist Uptake Of Arsenic Could Ease Shortage

12 years ago from Science Daily

Genetically engineered rice plants that resist the uptake of toxic metals could boost production and ease the shortage of this staple crop in Asia, India and Bangladesh, where irrigation with...

Observatory: Bird-Babble to Song Takes Surprising Route

12 years ago from NY Times Science

Like humans, birds babble before they sing and new research sheds light on the part of the brain that controls this behavior.

Unboxed: Can You Become a Creature of New Habits?

12 years ago from NY Times Science

Brain researchers have discovered that when we consciously develop new habits, we create parallel synaptic paths, and even entirely new brain cells, that can encourage a way to innovation.

Lots of Animals Learn, but Smarter Isn’t Better

12 years ago from NY Times Science

New research indicates that growing smarter has dangerous side effects that make its evolution even more puzzling.