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The secret behind cell revival revealed

21 min ago from Science Daily

Scientists identify essential genes for quiescent cells to switch back to dividing mode using fission yeast that may lead to new cancer therapies.

Scientists seek new ways to combat Florida's growing 'red tide'

2 hours ago from Reuters:Science

Scientists in Florida are on the cusp of developing promising methods to control toxic algae blooms like the "red tide" that has been killing marine life along a 150-mile (240-km)...

NFL notebook: Texans DE Watt says he will play in opener

4 hours ago from UPI

Houston Texans star defensive end J.J Watt is certain that he will play in the team's season opener against the New England Patriots.

In Photos: Response Teams Try To Save Starving Killer Whale

6 hours ago from Live Science

Teams in Washington and Canada are working together to save Scarlet, a starving 3-year-old killer whale.

Byproducts of 'junk DNA' implicated in cancer spread

6 hours ago from Science Daily

Biologists have revealed that enhancer RNAs play a significant role in cancer dissemination. The researchers found that eRNAs have a direct role in the activation of genes that are important...

Immune cells in the brain have surprising influence on sexual behavior

6 hours ago from Science Daily

Immune cells usually ignored by neuroscientists appear to play an important role in determining whether an animal's sexual behavior will be more typical of a male or female.

Researchers use green gold to rapidly detect and identify harmful bacteria

6 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a method to screen and identify harmful or antibiotic-resistant bacteria within one hour using a portable luminometer.

Old species learn new tricks...very slowly

6 hours ago from Science Daily

No species lasts forever, and, just as the saying goes, it seems like old species may get stuck in their ways and can't adapt to environmental change as fast as...

New pesticide may harm bees as much as those to be replaced

6 hours ago from Physorg

A new class of pesticides positioned to replace neonicotinoids may be just as harmful to crop-pollinating bees, researchers cautioned Wednesday.

Bird Communities Dwindle on New Mexico's Pajarito Plateau

7 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably...

Baby elephant joins herd at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

7 hours ago from Physorg

The newest elephant at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has joined the rest of the herd.

Hunk of Destroyed WWII Battleship Discovered off the Coast of Alaska

9 hours ago from Live Science

The stern of the USS Abner Read was completely torn off in 1943. Now scientists have found it.

Canada to phase out pesticides linked to bee and water bug deaths

9 hours ago from Physorg

Canada announced plans Wednesday to phase out two pesticides widely applied to canola, corn and soybean crops in this country and linked to bee and now also aquatic insect deaths.

Judd Lormand will be a full-time co-star on 'Seal Team' for Season 2

10 hours ago from UPI

"Zoo" and "American Horror Story" actor Judd Lormand will be a series regular when "Seal Team" returns for a second season.

New research reveals corals could be trained to survive environmental stress

10 hours ago from Physorg

Scientists have discovered the first molecular evidence that corals and anemones can optimize their gene expression when exposed to environmental stress, enabling them to acclimatize to extreme conditions such as...

Logging permit fraud threatens timber species in Brazilian Amazon

10 hours ago from Physorg

Timber harvested illegally under fraudulent permits is undercutting conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, new research by an international collaboration shows.

The secret behind cell revival revealed

10 hours ago from Physorg

Scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), have identified 85 genes essential for fission yeast cells at rest, under nutritionally limited environmental conditions, to maintain...

When viruses infect phytoplankton, it can change the clouds

11 hours ago from Science Daily

Microscopic plant-like organisms called phytoplankton support the diversity of life in the ocean. Scientists now report that one species, Emiliania huxleyi, and a virus closely associated with it, might be...

Structure of ion channel reveals how insects smell their way around the world

11 hours ago from Physorg

The mosquito, sworn enemy of exposed ankles and elbows, locates each bloody meal using a finely tuned sense of smell. Yet, not all insects can sniff out vulnerable flesh. Butterflies,...

Watch: Candytopia exhibit features candy artworks

11 hours ago from UPI

An interactive art exhibit opening in New York has a unique draw -- everything on display is made out of candy.

Supramolecular transformer morphs into different shapes

12 hours ago from C&EN

An iron-containing complex can switch from a tetrahedron to a helix to a prism

B.C. lake infested with hundreds of goldfish just months after pets released into wild

12 hours ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Hundreds of goldfish are swarming Pinecrest Lake in B.C., with some now as large as 13 centimetres, according to the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council.

Canada to phase out pesticides linked to bee deaths, sources say

12 hours ago from CBC: Technology & Science

​The federal government will begin phasing out the outdoor use of nicotine-based pesticides beginning in 2021, part of an effort to stem the mysterious global decline of honey bee colonies.

Play-Doh Helps Plant Research

12 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

You know that smell of fresh cut grass? It's a cry for help. Plants use scent cues to protect themselves and new research has identified the use of these plant...

Scientists get new tool to track new pathogen killing frogs

12 hours ago from Science Daily

An undergraduate researcher has developed a method to screen frogs for an infectious disease that has been linked to mass die-offs of frogs around the world. Thanks to her method,...

Protein droplets keep neurons at the ready and immune system in balance

12 hours ago from Science Daily

Discoveries show how proteins that organize into liquid droplets inside cells make certain biological functions possible.

Scientists discover compound which targets cancer cells that lack the protective p53 'guardian gene'

12 hours ago from Physorg

A new chemical compound with the potential to destroy hard-to-treat cancer cells has been developed and tested by scientists at the University of Huddersfield.

Fishing quotas upended by nuclear DNA analysis

12 hours ago from Physorg

For decades, mitochondrial DNA analysis has been the dominant method used to make decisions about fishing quotas, culling, hunting quotas, or translocating animals from one population of a threatened species...