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Protein's on-off switch dictates flowering in plants

1 week ago from UPI

Scientists have discovered a new mechanism, an on-and-off switch in a single protein, for determining whether a plant grows leaves or puts out flowers.

UF Study: Snail Kites Must Do More Than Move to Thrive

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

For a new study, UF/IFAS researchers used nine years of data to find out whether snail kites are reproducing after they move, and how these findings might change conservation strategies.

Created line of spinal cord neural stem cells shows diverse promise

1 week ago from Science Blog

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that they have successfully created spinal cord neural stem cells (NSCs) from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) that differentiate...

Mapping the inner workings of a living cell

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers show that a widely used chemical tracer, combined with a cutting-edge microscope, can track metabolic changes within the living cells of animals.

Visa restrictions can lead to increase in illegal migration

1 week ago from Physorg

While Government-imposed restrictions on immigration can reduce overall migration, they can also be ineffective or even counterproductive, pushing more would-be migrants into unauthorised channels, finds new UCL-led research in collaboration...

Ancient virus defends koalas against new viral attacks

1 week ago from Physorg

The human genome is riddled with endogenous retroviruses—little pieces of degraded and generally harmless retrovirus DNA passed down through the generations, along with our own genetic information. Because most endogenous...

Nonfiction: Science or Quackery? The Study of Hormones Has Been Both, a New Book Suggests

1 week ago from NY Times Health

Randi Hutter Epstein’s “Aroused” looks at the history of hormone research and the many missteps along the way.

Lessons from Flies: Genetic Diversity Impacts Disease Severity

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

By analyzing thousands of flies, scientists at University of Utah Health found that variation in a background gene, called Baldspot, can make a difference in severity of the disease.

CBS looking to 'figure out a way' to revive 'Code Black'

1 week ago from UPI

CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl has expressed interest in bringing back canceled medical drama "Code Black."

Mosquito populations give a new insight into the role of Caucasus in evolution

1 week ago from Science Daily

A closer look into mosquitoes from three separate site in the Caucasus allowed for scientist to not only study the evolution of a curious group of species, but also provide...

Combining on and off switches, one protein can control flowering in plants

1 week ago from Science Daily

New research has discovered a previously unknown mechanism for controlling cellular decisions, one which combines an on-and-off switch in a single protein, either promoting or preventing the transition to flowering...

Watch: Great white shark jumps out of water under researcher's feet

1 week ago from UPI

Researchers off the Massachusetts coast captured video of a great white shark breaching and snapping its jaws at a scientist's feet.

Can solar energy save the bees?

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

In response to the population decline of pollinating insects, such as wild bees and monarch butterflies, Argonne researchers are investigating ways to use "pollinator-friendly solar power."

Potent drugs found in West Coast sewage threaten chinook salmon, study reveals

A Seattle expert in environmental contaminants says chemicals common in sewage put juvenile chinook salmon at risk.

Combining on and off switches, one protein can control flowering in plants

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

New research has discovered a previously unknown mechanism for controlling cellular decisions, one which combines an on-and-off switch in a single protein, either promoting or preventing the transition to flowering...

Watch: Whale shark freed from fishing rope off Hawaii

1 week ago from UPI

A family diving trip in Hawaii turned into a rescue mission when the divers cut a whale shark free from some heavy-duty fishing line.

Learning while sleeping?

1 week ago from Science Daily

Using magnetoencephalography, researchers showed that while the human brain is still able to perceive sounds during sleep, it is unable to group these sounds according to their organization in a...

The bark side of the force

1 week ago from Science Daily

What forces enable trees to stand upright? To grow straight, plants need a motor system that controls their posture by generating forces to offset gravity. Scientists have long thought that...

Small birds fly at high altitudes towards Africa

1 week ago from Science Daily

A new study shows that small birds migrating from Scandinavia to Africa in the autumn occasionally fly as high as 4,000 meters above sea level -- probably adjusting their flight...

Novel vaccine approach proves powerful against Zika virus

1 week ago from Science Daily

A uniquely designed experimental vaccine against Zika virus has proven powerful in mice, new research has found.

Fly ruins domino reaction Guinness World Record attempt

1 week ago from UPI

A team of domino enthusiasts in Germany said a Guinness record attempt involving more than 600,000 tiles was foiled by a mischievous fly.

Chicago White Sox enter series with New York Yankees on high note

1 week ago from UPI

In what has been a slow rebuilding process, the Chicago White Sox have stressed patience, which requires its fair share of waiting for things to happen.

Body found by Iowa police not that of missing Mollie Tibbetts

1 week ago from UPI

Investigators say a body found in Lee County, Iowa, is not that of missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, who's been missing for two weeks.

Individual personalities of mice are influenced by social relations, study finds

1 week ago from UPI

All animals exhibit individuality, including mice. Individual mice showcase unique personalities and behavioral traits, according to new research.

Sequenced fox genome hints at genetic basis of behavior

1 week ago from Physorg

For nearly 60 years, the red fox has been teaching scientists about animal behavior. In a long-term experiment, foxes at the Russian Institute of Cytology and Genetics have been selected...

Mosquito populations give a new insight into the role of Caucasus in evolution

1 week ago from Physorg

We know that the Caucasus is a relatively large mountainous region, situated between Black and the Caspian seas. In its turn, it is divided into three subregions: Ciscaucasia, Greater Caucasus...

Male birds sing less to females on antidepressants

1 week ago from Physorg

During courtship male starlings sing less to females who have been fed dilute concentrations of antidepressants, according to a new study led by the University of York.

The first detailed map of red foxes’ DNA may reveal domestication secrets

1 week ago from Sciencenews.org

Thanks to a newly deciphered genome of red foxes, researchers have pinpointed regions in the animals’ DNA linked to taming them.