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Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton still on way

6 days ago from UPI

CHARLOTTE -- Despite a small sample size, the Carolina Panthers found enough to digest following their first preseason game to get back to work with a more defined plan.

Plants love microbes, and so do farmers

1 week ago from Science Daily

The Australian Sunshine Coast's plant diversity has helped researchers confirm that nurture has the upper hand -- at least when it comes to plant microbes. A study of microbial communities...

Lizard venom may contain clues to treating blood clots

1 week ago from Science Daily

Various types of lizard venom are being studied as possible treatments for blood clotting diseases that lead to millions of cases of stroke, heart attack, and deep-vein thrombosis annually. While...

Amniotic sac in a dish: Stem cells form structures that may aid of infertility research

1 week ago from Science Daily

The first few weeks after sperm meets egg still hold many mysteries. Among them: what causes the process to fail, leading to many cases of infertility. But scientists haven't had...

Scientists prevent neurodegeneration-associated protein clumping in lab study

1 week ago from Science Daily

By artificially exposing FUS proteins to the natural process of phosphorylation, researchers were able to prevent them from forming the harmful clumps associated with ALS and frontotemporal dementia.

Tiny molecule has big effect on brain's ability to learn

1 week ago from Science Daily

Prenatal brain development is a crucial period, and as new research has found, even small alterations to the way brain cells develop can have significant effects later in life. Scientists...

Sign language orangutan dead at 39

1 week ago from Physorg

Chantek, a male orangutan that learned to communicate in sign language, has died at the age of 39, a US zoo announced.

Frozen fish embryos warm up better with nanorods

1 week ago from C&EN

New technique uses gold nanoparticles to improve viability of frozen zebrafish embryos

Marine reserves a solution to bycatch problem in oceans

1 week ago from Science Daily

Commercial fishermen may be able to catch more of the profitable fish they want with marine reserves than without them, according to a study.

Genetics, Altered Brain Structure Offer Window into Autism Severity

1 week ago from Science Blog

Rare deletions or duplications of about 600 genetic “letters” in a region on chromosome 16 confer a high risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Now, in...

Study shows seaweed succumbs to viruses

1 week ago from Physorg

Scientists are warning the UK kelp biofuel industry to beware of viruses. Whilst known to infect certain types of seaweed, a new study published in the ISME Journal is the...

Activists call for whale refuges, but can they stay afloat?

1 week ago from Physorg

A Hawaii marine park's purchase of Kina, a 40-year-old false killer whale long used in echolocation research, has reignited a debate about captive marine mammals and the places that care...

Southern Research Targets Bio-Threats Under BARDA Contracts

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

Southern Research has been awarded two contracts from BARDA for nonclinical research services advancing the agency's work to protect the U.S. against infectious disease and bio-terror threats.

Home-grown scientists step up to save Africa’s primates

1 week ago from News @ Nature

Scientific network aims to train a generation of African leaders in primate research.Nature 548 144 doi: 10.1038/548144a

Folktale diffusion traced using genomic data

1 week ago from Physorg

(—A team of researchers with members from several European countries has conducted a study involving tracing the spread of common folktales throughout history in Eurasia. In their paper published in...

Why unleashing 20 million mosquitoes in Fresno has some residents "thrilled"

1 week ago from CBSNews - Science

A look inside the San Francisco lab that's breeding sterilized male mosquitoes and their plan to combat the disease-carrying pest

Database of inbred mouse proteins responsible for strain discrepancies created

1 week ago from Physorg

(—A trio of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Belgium has developed a bioinformatics tool that allows for comparing protein-coding genes of 36 inbred mouse strains to the C57BL/6J strain....

No Endor in Sight: Habitable Exomoons May Be Rare

1 week ago from Scientific American

The possible discovery of a giant extrasolar moon suggests our own may be an anomaly -- Read more on

How spiders mastered spin control

1 week ago from

Scientists reveal a new twist on the unusual properties of spider silk.

Sweet! Sugar-coated probe yields better acid test

1 week ago from Physorg

A new type of nontoxic fluorescent probe could make it much easier to detect low pH in living cells.

RSPB hails natterjack toad 'baby boom' at Lodge reserve

Thousands of the "rare" tadpoles have been spotted at a reserve despite adverse breeding conditions.

Rare pine marten captured on camera in North Yorkshire

The first record of a pine marten living in Yorkshire for about 35 years

Cougar makes rare successful crossing of LA-area freeway

1 week ago from Physorg

Researchers recently documented a rare case of a cougar from the Santa Monica Mountains successfully crossing U.S. Highway 101 and moving into a range less hemmed in by Southern California...

Preview: Instagram: Blocking Bad

1 week ago from CBSNews - Science

Instagram is on a mission to become the "kindest" place on the internet. But what do its efforts to combat toxic trolls mean for free speech? Wired magazine editor-in-chief Nicholas...

Chicago Bears close to finding solution at safety positions

1 week ago from UPI

The Chicago Bears threw numbers at their perennial problem of finding legitimate NFL safeties and believe they see evidence of a solution at the position.

Scientists tally the environmental impact of feeding meat to our cats and dogs. It's huge

1 week ago from Physorg

You've heard about the carbon footprint, but what about the carbon paw-print? According to a new study, U.S. cats' and dogs' eating patterns have as big an effect as driving...

'Yeah, if you could win spreadsheet title, that'd be great'

1 week ago from Physorg

John Dumoulin has never really set foot in an office. He works part time at Chick-fil-a.

Massive alligator strolls up to Louisiana family's doorstep

1 week ago from UPI

A large alligator came knocking at a Louisiana family's front door on Sunday afternoon.