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

17 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

17 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

18 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

18 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

19 hours ago from Sciencenews.org

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

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

20 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

21 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?

23 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.

1 day 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

1 day 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

1 day 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...

Miami Dolphins go with Brock Osweiler again vs. Detroit Lions

1 day ago from UPI

The Miami Dolphins will rely on Brock Osweiler again when they host the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Why counting Central Park's squirrels isn't nuts

1 day ago from PopSci

Science This isn't Josh O'Connor's first—or last—squirrel census. The Central Park Squirrel Census took two years of preparation. Data analysis will take many more...

Genetic breakthrough will aid whitebark pine conservation efforts

1 day ago from Science Daily

A research team for the first time developed reliable genetic markers known as nuclear microsatellites for the whitebark pine, a discovery that could improve the tree's prospects for survival. Whitebark...

Genetic breakthrough will aid whitebark pine conservation efforts

1 day ago from Physorg

A University of Colorado Denver-led research team for the first time developed reliable genetic markers known as nuclear microsatellites for the whitebark pine, a discovery that could improve the tree's...

New insight into the evolution of the nervous system

1 day ago from Science Daily

Pioneering research has given a fascinating fresh insight into how animal nervous systems evolved from simple structures to become the complex network transmitting signals between different parts of the body.

New tool helps align investment with objectives in biodiversity conservation

1 day ago from Science Daily

Researchers developed a tool, called the Recovery Explorer, that can be used to help guide conservation scientists in making decisions on how to best use limited funds to conserve the...

Sharks return home to take on Sabres

1 day ago from UPI

Through the early part of the season, the San Jose Sharks have had a hard time holding leads and closing out opponents.

NFL Notebook: Dolphins QB Osweiler will start again

1 day ago from UPI

The Miami Dolphins aren't making any last-second quarterback changes ahead of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

A Parasite Spread by Cat Poop Is Infecting (and Probably Killing) Whales in Canada

1 day ago from Live Science

Fifteen of 34 dead beluga whales tested positive for a potentially lethal cat-poop parasite.

Electrical properties of dendrites help explain our brain's unique computing power

1 day ago from Science Daily

Neuroscientists have discovered that human dendrites have very different electrical properties from those of other species. These differences may contribute to the enhanced computing power of the human brain.

Asthma's effects on airways at the single cell level

1 day ago from Science Daily

By sequencing genetic material at a cell-by-cell level, researchers have described how type 2-high asthma affects the airways and results in mucus production with more detail than ever before. These...

Not all prion strains interfere with each other

1 day ago from Science Daily

The first example of prion strains that replicate independently in vitro and in vivo suggests that strain diversity may be greater than previously thought, according to a new study.

Researchers propose CRISPR as influencer of low genetic diversity in deadly bacteria

1 day ago from Physorg

Scientists at Oregon State University have shed light on the evolutionary history of a soil-borne bacteria that is so dangerous to grazing animals it is kept behind lock-and-key to prevent...

Estimating the feeding habits of corals may offer new insights on resilient reefs

1 day ago from Physorg

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and colleagues have found that corals living in more productive waters take advantage of the increased food...

2 charged after they allegedly fed Timbits to bears along B.C.'s Alaska Highway

Two people have been charged after British Columbia's Conservation Officer Service says they posted photos of themselves on social media hand feeding Timbits and hot dogs to bears.

Response to Comment on "The plateau of human mortality: Demography of longevity pioneers"

1 day ago from Science NOW

Beltrán-Sánchez et al. based their comment on misleading calculations of the maximum survival age. With realistic numbers of people attaining age 105 and the estimated plateau, the Jeanne Calment record...