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Advanced sequencing technology provides new insights into human mitochondrial diseases

12 min ago from Science Daily

Researchers have for the first time been able to investigate the abundance and methyl modifications of all mitochondrial tRNAs in patients suffering from one of the most common inherited mitochondrial...

New cell movement process key to understanding and repairing facial malformations

12 min ago from Science Daily

The embryonic stem cells that form facial features, called neural crest cells, use an unexpected mechanism of moving from the back of the head to the front to populate the...

Female chimpanzees know which males are most likely to kill their babies

1 hour ago from Science Daily

Researchers examined the behavior of female chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest, Uganda, where chimpanzees (at least in the study community) are particularly prone to committing and suffering infanticide.

Researchers find link between Alzheimer's, herpes

1 hour ago from UPI

There's growing evidence that the herpes virus responsible for cold sores also may cause Alzheimer's disease, a new research paper contends.

Human neurons are electrically compartmentalized, study finds

1 hour ago from UPI

Neurons inside the human brain are significantly larger than those in rodent brains. The enhanced size allows for electrical compartmentalization.

Invasive forage grass leads to grassland bird decline

3 hours ago from Physorg

The prairies of North America once covered vast stretches of land, with towering grasses creating ideal nesting and forage habitat for grassland birds. But the deep, rich soil and treeless...

Watch: Couple visit Florida, California Disney parks on same day

3 hours ago from UPI

A Tennessee couple worked took on some unusual logistical challenges to pull off a surprising feat: Visiting every U.S. Disney park in 24 hours.

Shark washes up dead on Florida shore with old hat wrapped around head

3 hours ago from Physorg

The body of a shark was found washed ashore in Florida with the remains of an old hat wrapped around its body.

Thousands of Hondurans reach Mexico border on way to U.S.

4 hours ago from UPI

Thousands of Honduran migrants have arrived near the southern Mexico border with hopes of reaching the United States.

New study may provide clues to how birds began to fly

4 hours ago from Physorg

For the first time, researchers have measured what is known as the ground effect of flying animals—and it turns out that they save a lot more energy by flying close...

Louisiana university gives Smithsonian crustacean collection

4 hours ago from Physorg

A Louisiana university is giving the Smithsonian Institution a huge collection of crustaceans that has, among other things, been used to identify seafood mislabeled as coming from the Gulf of...

New data tool can help scientists use limited funds to protect the greatest number of endangered species

5 hours ago from Physorg

A large majority of Americans strongly support the goal of preventing the extinction of endangered wildlife and plants. Today, over 1,600 U.S. species are listed under the Endangered Species Act,...

Understanding enzyme could help produce frost-resistant crops

5 hours ago from Physorg

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that an enzyme in plants, ATP Synthase, plays a critical role in how plants respond to the cold.

Oregon Zoo shares animal X-rays

Oregon zoo posted images taken during routine health checks.

From peaceful coexistence to potential peril: The bacteria that live in and on us

5 hours ago from Physorg

Bacteria are everywhere, including in and on our bodies. There are estimated to be as many bacteria in a human body as there are human cells.

Genetic behavior reveals cause of death in poplars essential to ecosystems, industry

5 hours ago from Physorg

Scientists studying a valuable, but vulnerable, species of poplar have identified the genetic mechanism responsible for the species' inability to resist a pervasive and deadly disease. Their finding, published in...

How plants bind their green pigment chlorophyll

6 hours ago from Physorg

Chlorophyll is the pigment used by all plants for photosynthesis. There are two versions, chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b. These are structurally very similar to one another but have different...

Prince William shows conservation still has a problem with 'white saviours'

6 hours ago from Physorg

Prince William recently spoke at one of the largest illegal wildlife summits ever held in London. He said, "Poaching is an economic crime against ordinary people and their futures."

Adding the third dimension to marine conservation

6 hours ago from Physorg

A new approach to tackle conservation decisions in 3-D marine environments could lead to better conservation outcomes.

Sculpting bacteria into extreme shapes reveals the rugged nature of cell division

6 hours ago from Physorg

What do watermelons and bacteria have in common? Just like the tasty fruit, microbes can be molded into unusual shapes, a study in Nature Communications has shown. The paper, produced...

Advanced sequencing technology provides new insights into human mitochondrial diseases

6 hours ago from Physorg

The ability to translate the genetic code into proteins is an essential step in all living organisms. A cornerstone of this molecular process is the ability of transfer RNA (tRNA)...

50 years ago, the safety of artificial sweeteners was fiercely debated

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Scientists are still learning more about the health effects of chemical sweeteners

Sketchbook | Graphic review: An Illustrated Homage to the Oceans Atlas

8 hours ago from NY Times Science

The graphic artist Kristen Radtke recalls the influence that a book about the seas had on her young imagination.

Australia Dispatch: Preserving a Culture by Protecting the Environment

10 hours ago from NY Times Science

The Dhimurru Rangers are one of more than 100 Indigenous groups spread across Australia who are removing thousands of pounds of plastic garbage from the beaches.

Why is this African town letting mosquitoes in?

11 hours ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The genetically modified insects are part of a project which aims to tackle malaria in Africa.

47,000 Ticks on a Moose, and That’s Just Average. Blame Climate Change.

19 hours ago from NY Times Science

Climate change is giving ticks a leg up on their hosts. “It’s about as grody a picture as you can imagine on a dead animal,” a researcher said.

Former FBI agent sentenced to 4 years in prison for leaking documents

21 hours ago from UPI

A former FBI agent was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for leaking classified documents to a reporter.

New fly species found in Indiana may indicate changing climate, says researcher

21 hours ago from Physorg

A new type of blow fly spotted in Indiana points to shifting species populations due to climate change. Researchers at IUPUI have observed the first evidence of Lucilia cuprina in...