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Swimming with whales: You must know the risks and when it's best to keep your distance

6 days ago from Physorg

Three people were injured last month in separate humpback whale encounters off the Western Australia coast.

Baboon matriarchs enjoy less stress

6 days ago from Science Daily

You know the type: Loud. Swaggering. Pushy. The alpha male clearly runs the show. Female alphas are often less conspicuous than their puffed up male counterparts, but holding the top...

Scientists say Russia's COVID-19 vaccine study raises questions, concerns

6 days ago from UPI

An international group of scientists, in an open letter, have questioned Russian research that went into analyzing the COVID-19 vaccine announced last month by the Kremlin.

New technology to fight plagues and pathogens in crops

6 days ago from Physorg

Researchers at the Institute of Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMCP), mixed center of the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), have developed a new...

Primate feces could hold key to understanding threats to wildlife from chemical pollutants

6 days ago from Physorg

Primate feces could be a valuable key to determining exposure to frequently used chemicals, giving scientists a better understanding of the threat to wildlife from chemical pollutants, even in remote...

New 'tree dragon' discovered in Mexican forest

6 days ago from Physorg

As soon as Adam Clause saw the photo, he knew he was looking at something special.

An evolutionary roll of the dice explains why we're not perfect

6 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists have found that chance events can be more important than natural selection in defining the genome of species like humans and other mammals.

Structural clues for influenza virus assembly and disassembly

6 days ago from Physorg

The influenza A virus is surrounded by a lipid bilayer that forms the outermost layer much like the plasma membranes on our own cells. Immediately under this lipid bilayer is...

Birth of cloned Przewalski's foal offers genetic diversity for this endangered species

6 days ago from Physorg

On Aug. 6, 2020, the world's first successfully cloned Przewalski's horse was born in Texas at the veterinary facility of a ViaGen Equine collaborator, Timber Creek Veterinary. The foal, born...

Novel AI technique identifies viral control of intracellular changes

6 days ago from Physorg

Using an artificial intelligence (AI) cell classification technique, Northwestern Medicine investigators found that viruses can control structural and genetic polarity inside the cell nucleus. The findings, published in Nature, highlight...

Mutant tomato helps to crack the secrets of fruiting

6 days ago from Physorg

It may sound like something out of a science fiction B-movie, but with the help of a mutant tomato, researchers from Japan have discovered that the development process of fruit...

A new evergreen species of Rhamnaceae found in Guangxi

6 days ago from Physorg

Rhamnella in the family of Rhamnaceae is a small genus. To date, 10 species have been accepted into this genus. In field investigations, researchers from the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical garden...

Old grasslands show high biodiversity and conservation value

6 days ago from Physorg

"The grass is always greener on the other side," as the saying goes, but in this case, it's more diverse. Researchers from Japan have discovered that old grasslands have higher...

Pollution wreaks havoc on corals' immune systems

6 days ago from Physorg

Fighting infections is hard. It's even harder for corals also grappling with pollution.

WWF: Tree loss, illegal trade, land use drive wildlife decline since 1970

6 days ago from UPI

A new environmental report Thursday blames deforestation, unsustainable agriculture and the illegal wildlife trade for a substantial loss of animals around the world over the last half-century.

Finding a handle to bag the right proteins

6 days ago from Physorg

Purifying specific protein molecules from complex mixtures will become easier with a simpler way to detect a molecular tag commonly used as a handle to grab the proteins.

Bending the curve of biodiversity loss

6 days ago from Physorg

Plant and animal species around the world are steadily disappearing due to human activity. A major new IIASA-led study suggests that without ambitious, integrated action combining conservation and restoration efforts...

To mate or be eaten: Tree cricket behaviour in the presence of a predator

6 days ago from Physorg

In the presence of predators, male tree crickets, but not females, change their mate-finding behavior, according to a new study from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

Tree loss, illegal trade, land use at fault for loss of wildlife worldwide, WWF report says

6 days ago from UPI

A new environmental report Thursday says deforestation, unsustainable agriculture and the illegal wildlife trade is responsible for a substantial loss of animals around the world over the last half-century.

Over a century later, the mystery of the Alfred Wallace's butterfly is solved

6 days ago from Physorg

An over a century-long mystery has been surrounding the Taiwanese butterfly fauna ever since the "father of zoogeography" Alfred Russel Wallace, in collaboration with Frederic Moore, authored a landmark paper...

Researchers reveal a much richer picture of the past with new DNA recovery technique

6 days ago from Physorg

Researchers at McMaster University have developed a new technique to tease ancient DNA from soil, pulling the genomes of hundreds of animals and thousands of plants—many of them long extinct—from...

Wildlife in 'catastrophic decline' due to human destruction, scientists warn

Conservation group WWF says global wildlife populations have shrunk by two-thirds since 1970.

At least 28 extinctions prevented by conservation action in recent decades

1 week ago from Physorg

Conservation action has prevented the global extinction of at least 28 bird and mammal species since 1993, a study led by Newcastle University, UK and BirdLife International has shown. The...

Add human-genome produced RNA to the list of cell surface molecules

1 week ago from Physorg

Bioengineers at UC San Diego have shown that human-genome produced RNA is present on the surface of human cells, suggesting a more expanded role for RNA in cell-to-cell and cell-to-environment...

Baboon matriarchs enjoy less stress

1 week ago from Physorg

You know the type: Loud. Swaggering. Pushy. The alpha male clearly runs the show. Female alphas are often less conspicuous than their puffed up male counterparts, but holding the top...

Monkey poop could hold key to understanding threats to wildlife from chemical pollutants

1 week ago from Science Blog

Primate feces could be a valuable key to determining exposure to frequently used chemicals, giving scientists a better understanding of the threat to wildlife from chemical pollutants, even in remote...

Artificial Intelligence Aids Gene Activation Discovery

1 week ago from Science Blog

With the aid of artificial intelligence, UC San Diego scientists have solved a long-standing puzzle in human gene activation. The discovery described in the journal Nature could be used to...

In ancient giant viruses lies the truth behind evolution of nucleus in eukaryotic cells

1 week ago from Science Daily

An exchange of genetic material that occurred when ancient giant viruses infected ancient eukaryotic cells could have caused the nucleus of the eukaryotic cell -- its defining feature -- to...