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Moths survive bat predation through acoustic camouflage fur

1 week ago from Physorg

Moths are a mainstay food source for bats, which use echolocation (biological sonar) to hunt their prey. Scientists such as Thomas Neil, from the University of Bristol in the U.K.,...

First study of Humpback whale survivors of orca attacks in the Southeastern Pacific

1 week ago from Physorg

Humpback whales bear stark battle scars from violent encounters with orcas, also known as killer whales. Analysis of rake marks on more than 3000 humpback whale tails or flukes suggest...

Zoo in Denmark reports three rare turtles stolen

1 week ago from UPI

A zoo in Denmark is pleading for the return of three rare turtles that officials said were stolen from the facility during operating hours.

Report finds palm oil companies' commitments lacking

1 week ago from Physorg

Zero-deforestation commitments within the palm oil industry risk being undermined by a lack of monitoring within production landscapes—meaning the deforestation of tropical forests home to Critically Endangered wildlife such as...

RNA microchips: A new chapter in ribonucleic acid synthesis

1 week ago from Science Daily

Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is, along with DNA and protein, one of the three primary biological macromolecules and was probably the first to arise in early life forms. Chemists have developed...

NAD can restore mitochondrial function and energy production in MTDPS liver-like cells

1 week ago from Science Daily

A drug screen using the SPECTRUM library identified candidates that restore energy production in DGUOK-deficient liver-like cells, offering the first potential treatment for MTDPS.

A changing climate necessitates rethinking tropical marine conservation, researchers say

1 week ago from Science Daily

In a new article, researchers are calling for a rethink on tropical marine conservation efforts, as people who previously relied on coral reefs for food and income are increasingly looking...

Artificial intelligence predicts Alzheimer's years before diagnosis

1 week ago from Science Daily

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology improves the ability of brain imaging to predict Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.

Tiny thorn snail discovered in Panama's backyard

1 week ago from Science Daily

Five years after one particular tiny thorn snail from Panama was identified as new to science, it is described in a scientific article. The official discovery only became possible after...

Tracking down microRNA candidates that can contribute to disease

1 week ago from Science Daily

A novel computational tool called ADmiRE extensively annotates human microRNA variants to determine which ones are likely to contribute to or cause diseases.

Warming oceans lead to more fur seal deaths from hookworm infection

1 week ago from Science Daily

Rising ocean temperatures are putting fur seal pups at greater risk of death from hookworm infections, according to new findings.

$60M Japan cryptocurrency heist suspects located in France, Germany

1 week ago from UPI

Hackers who robbed a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange in September may have infiltrated the site from locations in France and Germany.

A new piece to the puzzle sheds light on how UHRF1 regulates gene activity

1 week ago from Science Daily

Scientists have discovered new details about the UHRF1 protein. UHRF1 catalyses particular steps that are required for marking DNA with epigenetic modifications that suppress parts of the genome. The molecule...

Trying to understand cells' interior design

1 week ago from Science Daily

Scientists have explained how liquid-like droplets made of proteins and DNA form in vitro. Currently, there is a huge interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms behind the creation of such...

Researchers discover new snail species in Panama

1 week ago from UPI

Researchers from the Museum of Natural History Museum in Bern, or NMBE, recently discovered a new species of snail in Panama.

Niger turns to drones to protect precious wildlife

1 week ago from Physorg

Niger is turning to drone technology to help protect a Saharan antelope and other endangered species in Africa's largest terrestrial park.

'Undressed' reboot in development at MTV with series creator Roland Joffe

1 week ago from UPI

MTV is developing a reboot of young adult drama "Undressed" with series creator Roland Joffe.

Four rhinos die after Chad conservation effort

1 week ago from Physorg

Four out of six South African rhinos that were transferred to a park in southeast Chad in a bid to revive the endangered species have died, but not from poaching,...

Warming oceans lead to more fur seal deaths from hookworm infection

1 week ago from Physorg

Rising ocean temperatures are putting fur seal pups at greater risk of death from hookworm infections, according to new findings published in eLife.

Scientists pinpoint how the 'speed gene' works in thoroughbred racehorses

1 week ago from Physorg

Scientists have pinpointed the genetic basis that explains why some thoroughbred racehorses are better equipped to race over sprint distances and others over longer distances. The Irish scientists, from Trinity...

Tiny thorn snail discovered in Panama's backyard

1 week ago from Physorg

Discoveries of biodiversity at the Lilliputian scale are more tedious than it is for larger animals like elephants, for example. Furthermore, an analysis producing a DNA barcode—a taxonomic method using...

Challenges to developing sustainable animal agriculture in western Pennsylvania

1 week ago from Physorg

To comply with nutrient-reduction goals in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Pennsylvania may want to consider the establishment of animal agriculture operations in the western part of the state, according to...

Bioreactor device helps frogs regenerate their legs

1 week ago from Physorg

A team of scientists designed a device that can induce partial hindlimb regeneration in adult aquatic African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) by "kick-starting" tissue repair at the amputation site. Their...

Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land

1 week ago from Physorg

Sixty-nine pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in stream insects, some at concentrations that may threaten animals that feed on them, such as trout and platypus. When these insects emerge as...

More experiments may help explore what works in conservation

1 week ago from Physorg

All over the world, countless conservation projects are taking place, attempting to achieve aims from reducing habitat loss, to restoring populations of threatened species. However there is growing awareness that...

Dominant bird species found to be more successful than weaker species in economically advanced cities

1 week ago from Physorg

A pair of researchers with Queen's University in Canada has found that dominant species of birds in economically advanced cities have higher numbers than weaker species. In their paper published...

RNAi: The secret to making our food better

1 week ago from Physorg

Bad apples may be a thing of the past. Scientists can now improve crops without genetic modification.

Hot temperatures can trigger an RNA response in plants

1 week ago from Science Blog

The stress of hotter temperatures may trigger a response in a plant’s RNA, or ribonucleic acid — part of a cell’s genetic messaging system — to help manage this change...