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Scientists debunk potential link to crop cold tolerance

1 week ago from Physorg

When temperatures drop, the enzyme Rubisco that fuels plant growth and yield gets sluggish. Many crops compensate by producing more Rubisco; however, scientists speculated that some crops may lack space...

Watch: Border-hopping monkey swims to Bolivia

1 week ago from UPI

A group of people fishing in a South American river captured video of a monkey swimming from Brazil to Bolivia.

Escape responses of coral reef fish obey simple behavioral rules

1 week ago from Physorg

The escape response to evade perceived threats is a fundamental behavior seen throughout the animal kingdom, and laboratory studies have identified specialized neural circuits that control this behavior. Understanding how...

How plants evolved to make ants their servants

1 week ago from Physorg

Plants are boring. They just sit there photosynthesizing while animals have all the fun. Right? Not so much. Take a look at the interactions between ants and plants—plants have evolved...

New light cast on fishing throughout history

1 week ago from Science Daily

A new study has revealed new insights into ancient fishing throughout history, including what type of fish people were regularly eating as part of their diet.

New insights into the aging brain

1 week ago from Science Daily

A group of scientists investigated why the choroid plexus contains so much more klotho than other brain regions.They showed that klotho functions as a gatekeeper that shields the brain from...

Misunderstood flying fox could prove bat species demise, warn scientists

1 week ago from Science Daily

A large fruit-eating bat native to Mauritius is the subject of controversy over the announcement of a major cull to protect the Indian island's fruit crops, despite a lack of...

Pulling the genome apart: Chromosome segregation during mitosis explained

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers shed light on the protein complexes and processes that enable microtubules to bind to the centromeres of chromosomes and redistribute them to the daughter cells during mitosis. Via experiments...

Exosomes 'swarm' to protect against bacteria inhaled through the nose

1 week ago from Science Daily

A research team describes a newly discovered mechanism. The findings shed new light on our immune systems -- and also pave the way for drug delivery techniques to be developed...

Defective DNA damage repair leads to chaos in the genome

1 week ago from Science Daily

Scientists have now found a cause for the frequent catastrophic events in the genetic material of cancer cells that have only been known for a few years: If an important...

Kawasaki disease: One disease, multiple triggers

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers have evidence that Kawasaki Disease (KD) does not have a single cause. By studying weather patterns and geographical distributions of patients in San Diego, the research team determined that...

It's not trails that disturb forest birds, but the people on them

1 week ago from Science Daily

The physical presence of trails has less impact on forest birds than how frequently the trails are used by people, finds the first study to disentangle the effect of forest...

Q&A: ‘Touch Not the Cat’

1 week ago from NY Times Science

The Scottish wildcat, the last native cat in the United Kingdom, is endangered; fewer than 100 purebred specimens remain in the wild.

Scientists use patients' own cells and materials to engineer fully personalized tissue implants of any kind

1 week ago from Physorg

In a new study, Tel Aviv University researchers reveal how they invented the first fully personalized tissue implant, engineered from a patient's own materials and cells. The new technology makes...

Synthetic molecule invades double-stranded DNA

1 week ago from Physorg

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a synthetic molecule that can recognize and bind to double-stranded DNA or RNA under normal physiological conditions. The molecule could provide a new platform...

Fish's brain size influenced by habitat, new study reveals

1 week ago from Physorg

The busier the neighbourhood, the bigger the brain—at least for pumpkinseed sunfish, according to a pioneering study by University of Guelph biologists.

Planned flying fox cull will harm endangered species, scientists warn

1 week ago from UPI

According to a new study, the Mauritian flying fox is only responsible for a small amount of fruit losses. A cull is unnecessary, scientists say.

Nashville Predators try to continue mastery of Anaheim Ducks

1 week ago from UPI

The Nashville Predators have been dominant against the Anaheim Ducks in recent years, and the top team in the Western Conference will try to continue that.

Washington Wizards look to avenge Friday's loss to Orlando Magic

1 week ago from UPI

Three days after they last played, the Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic will hit the replay button.

Venomous snake found in traveler's luggage at Indian airport

1 week ago from UPI

Authorities in India said an X-ray scan of an airport passenger's carry-on luggage revealed an illegal item -- a venomous snake.

Poxvirus hijacks cell movement to spread infection

1 week ago from Physorg

Vaccinia virus, a poxvirus closely related to smallpox and monkeypox, tricks cells it has infected into activating their own cell movement mechanism to rapidly spread the virus in cells and...

How a spider and a pitcher plant can benefit from collaboration

1 week ago from Science Daily

Ecologists have shed light on the relationship between the slender pitcher plant and its 'tenant', the crab spider Thomisus nepenthiphilus, providing insights to the little known foraging behaviors of the...

Fruit, vegetable shapes controlled by newly discovered genetic mechanism

1 week ago from UPI

Scientists at the University of Georgia have discovered a new genetic mechanism that controls the shape of fruits and vegetables.

The whole tooth: New method to find biological sex from a single tooth

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers have come up with a new way to estimate the biological sex of human skeletal remains based on protein traces from teeth.

The whole tooth: New method to find biological sex from a single tooth

1 week ago from Physorg

A team led by UC Davis researchers have come up with a new way to estimate the biological sex of human skeletal remains based on protein traces from teeth.

Sequencing pollen DNA to discover insect migratory routes

1 week ago from Physorg

Metabarcoding, a technique of mass DNA sequencing, allows for tracing migratory routes of insects, an understudied subject due to technical limitations. A small DNA fragment of the pollen that insects...

Researchers discover genes that give vegetables their shape

1 week ago from Science Blog

From elongated oblongs to near-perfect spheres, vegetables come in almost every size and shape. But what differentiates a fingerling potato from a russet or a Roma tomato from a beefsteak?...

Misunderstood flying fox could prove bat species demise, warn scientists

1 week ago from Physorg

A large fruit-eating bat native to Mauritius is the subject of controversy over the announcement of a major cull to protect the Indian island's fruit crops, despite a lack of...