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New study shows how bacteria get into the lungs

1 hour ago from Science Daily

Human lungs contain many bacteria, which make up a unique microbiome. New research pinpoints just how they get there, and opens the door to more research on what happens to...

Visions in famous inkblots are triggered by fractal patterns

2 hours ago from Science Blog

Animal hides, bats, humans, lobsters, rabbit heads and a lot of other things have been seen in Rorschach inkblots, but none were deliberately placed there. They are, according to UO...

Group develops deep, non-invasive imaging of mouse brain

2 hours ago from Science Blog

Nearly four years ago, then-President Obama launched the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, to “accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers to...

NMSU Range Science Professor Receives Fulbright Award to AustraliaNMSU Range Science Professor receives Fulbright award to Australia

4 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

On vast rangeland, livestock is difficult and expensive to manage. But Derek Bailey, professor in the New Mexico State University Department of Animal and Range Sciences, is working to find...

Rescue horse plays piano at Australian farm

4 hours ago from UPI

Ben HooperFeb. 22 (UPI) -- A horse in Australia was recorded showing off his unusual talent -- "playing piano" on an electronic keyboard.

The value of nutrition and exercise, according to a moth

5 hours ago from Science Blog

Quick! Name the top-performing athletes in the animal kingdom. Cheetah? Try again. Blue whale? Nope. Here’s a clue: If you take a walk in the desert on a moonlit night,...

Brain-machine interfaces: Bidirectional communication at last

5 hours ago from Science Blog

Since the early seventies, scientists have been developing brain-machine interfaces; the main application being the use of neural prosthesis in paralyzed patients or amputees. A prosthetic limb directly controlled by...

After stroke, 'blue' light may help beat the blues

6 hours ago from UPI

HealthDay News Depression is always a danger for people recovering from a stroke, but new research suggests tweaking a rehabilitation facility's lighting may help.

Japan consumption habits harming 700 rare, endangered species

6 hours ago from UPI

Elizabeth ShimFeb. 22 (UPI) -- Japanese consumption habits are detrimental to more than 790 endangered and rare species of plants and animals, according to a university economist.

Birds of a feather mob together

6 hours ago from Science Daily

Dive bombing a much larger bird isn't just a courageous act by often smaller bird species to keep predators at bay. It also gives male birds the chance to show...

Changing the environment within bone marrow alters blood cell development

6 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers report they can alter blood cell development through the use of biomaterials designed to mimic characteristics of the bone marrow.

Scientists uncover proteins that can reveal a viral infection

7 hours ago from UPI

Amy WallaceFeb. 22 (UPI) -- Researchers at Duke University have identified a group of proteins found in mucus that can accurately indicate viral infections.

Hungary gets more flight time on leased Gripen fighters

7 hours ago from UPI

Richard TomkinsFeb. 22 (UPI) -- Sweden and Hungary have updated their Gripen fighter lease agreement to give Hungary more flight hours and updated aircraft.

Scientists decipher the nanoscale architecture of a beetle’s shell

7 hours ago from Science Blog

Beetles wear a body armor that should weigh them down — think medieval knights and turtles. In fact, those hard shells protecting delicate wings are surprisingly light, allowing even flight....

'Mystery Science Theater 3000' returns with new episodes in April

8 hours ago from UPI

Ed AdamczykFeb. 22 (UPI) -- "Mystery Science Theater 3000," a cult television favorite involving B-movies and dubbed-in wisecracks, will return in April, creator Joel Hodgson announced.

Superfluid is now helping brain surgeons

8 hours ago from Science Daily

A superfluid, which resembles brain tissue, makes ultrasound images easier to interpret during an operation. This will make it easier for surgeons to remove brain tumors more accurately, say researchers.

'Smart' bacteria remodel their genes to infect our intestines

8 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers have described how infectious bacteria can sense they’re attached to our intestinal cells, and then remodel their expression of specific genes, including those involved in virulence and metabolism, to...

Risk of Ross River virus global epidemic

8 hours ago from Science Daily

Australia’s Ross River Virus (RRV) could be the next mosquito-borne global epidemic, according to a new research study.

Mexico to extradite cocaine cartel member 'El Gordo' to U.S.

9 hours ago from UPI

Andrew V. PestanoFeb. 22 (UPI) -- Mexico said it has captured Héctor "El Gordo" Arenas Saucedo, a suspected member of the Juárez Cartel who is one of the United States'...

The first Iberian lynx infected by the pseudorabies virus

9 hours ago from Science Daily

Matojo, the nine-month-old Iberian lynx cub found dead in 2015 in Extremadura, did not die from natural causes. His necropsy shows that it was the pseudorabies virus that triggered his...

Explore the Amazon Rainforest with New Virtual-Reality Film

9 hours ago from Live Science

Experience the Amazon rainforest's beauty and biodiversity via a new virtual-reality film.

Device will rapidly, accurately and inexpensively detect zika virus at airports and other sites

9 hours ago from Science Daily

About the size of a tablet, a portable device that could be used in a host of environments like a busy airport or even a remote location in South America,...

Study finds obesity may reprogram muscle stem cells

10 hours ago from UPI

Amy WallaceFeb. 22 (UPI) -- Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have identified changes in DNA methylation that may be linked to the causes of obesity.

Ants stomp, termites tiptoe: Predator detection by a cryptic prey

10 hours ago from Science Daily

Secretive and destructive, termites live in close proximity to predatory ants yet still outsmart them. New research shows why -- termites have evolved the capability to sense vibrations of their...

A close look at sharp vision in eye structure seen only in humans and other primates

10 hours ago from Science Daily

Found only in the retinas of humans and other primates, the fovea is responsible for visual experiences that are rich in colorful, spatial detail. Some reasons behind the fovea's unusual...

3Q: US patent office’s ruling on CRISPR

10 hours ago from MIT Research

Last week, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued an important decision in a dispute over intellectual property rights to the powerful gene-editing system known as CRISPR. Using this system, researchers can...

Biology Professor Reshapes Teaching Strategy with Course on Parasites

11 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

With an eye on tiny ticks and mosquitoes, a Clarkson biology professor has created an undergrad parasitology course embraced by professionals in the field as well as by students, showing...

T cells support long-lived antibody-producing cells, team finds

11 hours ago from Science Daily

A group of researchers has come to a better understanding of how long-lived, antibody-producing plasma cells are maintained.