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'Scaring' soybeans into defensive mode yields better plants a generation later

1 day ago from Physorg

By temporarily silencing the expression of a critical gene, researchers fooled soybean plants into sensing they were under siege, encountering a wide range of stresses. Then, after selectively cross breeding...

Global warming is cooking sperm and could threaten male fertility

1 day ago from UPI

Heatwaves are frying the sperm inside insects, according to a new study.

Back-to-the-future plants give climate change insights

1 day ago from Physorg

If you were to take a seed and zap it into the future to see how it will respond to climate change, how realistic might that prediction be? After all,...

RB Jones providing balance for Packers

1 day ago from UPI

The Green Bay Packers head into a critical two-game road swing with an important ingredient added to their offense.

Cardinals, Johnson turn back the clock

1 day ago from UPI

It is a lost season for the 2-7 Arizona Cardinals, but that doesn't mean they can't take anything positive out of it.

Trade group asks DOJ to investigate concerns at Comcast-NBCUniversal

1 day ago from UPI

Comcast's broad ownership of NBC and several cable channels and regional sports networks raises antitrust concerns, a cable industry trade group said.

Scientists uncover crucial biological circuits that regulate lipids and their role in overall health

1 day ago from Physorg

Tiny microscopic worms, invisible to the naked eye, are helping scientists to better understand an extraordinarily complex biological pathway that connects fat to overall health and aging in humans.

Climate change: Heatwaves 'halve' male insect fertility

A study of beetles could explain global decline in insects - and how heat can damage male fertility.

Dopamine primes the brain for enhanced vigilance

1 day ago from Science Blog

Imagine a herd of deer grazing in the forest. Suddenly, a twig snaps nearby, and they look up from the grass. The thought of food is forgotten, and the animals...

Watch: Elephant escaped from New York state sanctuary

1 day ago from UPI

An elephant that escaped from a New York state sanctuary was escorted back to her barn by police and a sanctuary employee.

How plants evolved to make ants their servants

1 day ago from Science Daily

Plants have evolved ways to make ants defend them from attacks and spread their seeds, and this new study shows how it happened. In a new study breaking down the...

More flowers around apple orchards can yield higher harvest

1 day ago from Physorg

Apple growers should increase the amount of flowers around their apple orchards if they want to increase their harvest. A new study by researchers from Stockholm University, among others, shows...

Synthetic molecule invades double-stranded DNA

1 day ago from Science Daily

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 for developing methods...

Imperiled, some freshwater mussels endure. How?

1 day ago from Physorg

Freshwater mussels are among the most imperiled animals in North America, yet some colonies have managed to persevere despite habitat loss, pollution and other threats.

'Wise consumers' show the way to better living, professor finds

1 day ago from Physorg

Americans hear a lot about consumerism and materialism. But most either think it applies to others or succumb to the notion that there's no way around it, given our culture...

Experimental therapy could repair mutations that cause genetic diseases

1 day ago from Physorg

A new technology that relies on a moth-infecting virus and nanomagnets could be used to edit defective genes that give rise to diseases like sickle cell, muscular dystrophy and cystic...

Pulling the genome apart: Chromosome segregation during mitosis explained

1 day ago from Physorg

When a cell divides—a process known as mitosis—its chromosomes need to be separated and evenly distributed into the newly created daughter cells. Although this is known to be extremely complicated...

Color vision variation in guppies influences female mate preference

1 day ago from Physorg

A variety of animals have male-specific ornament traits and these ornaments are favored by female choice. Which male traits are preferred by females often varies among females. Genetic mechanisms that...

House sparrow status signalling theory no longer flies

1 day ago from Physorg

The size of a male house sparrow's bib has long been associated with the bird's fighting abilities and status within the flock. But an international team of researchers has shown...

Climate Change May Curtail Shorebirds' Need to Fly North

1 day ago from Scientific American

Arctic predators have been eating twice as many shorebird eggs, threatening populations and potentially migration itself -- Read more on

Neural nets supplant marker genes in analyzing single cell RNA sequencing

1 day ago from Physorg

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University say neural networks and supervised machine learning techniques can efficiently characterize cells that have been studied using single cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq). This finding could...

Flushable wet wipes 'causing sewer blockages'

Wet wipes sold as "flushable" are failing the water industry's disintegration test, the BBC finds.

Ribometrix raises $30 million to target RNA with small molecules

1 day ago from C&EN

The startup hopes that blocking the RNA encoding undruggable proteins will lead to new treatments for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and more

Escape responses of coral reef fish obey simple behavioral rules

1 day ago from Science Daily

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. To understand...

Fish's brain size influenced by habitat

2 days ago from Science Daily

This is the first known study to connect habitat with varying brain size in a single lake fish population. The finding may provide clues about how fish and other creatures...

Judge orders Amazon to produce Echo recordings in murder case

2 days ago from CBSNews - Science

Amazon says it "will not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us"

Hopes for AI to stop bee decline

Scientists hope artificial intelligence will gives us more insights into bee health and behaviour.

Only 411 North Atlantic right whales left, says new report

On Friday, the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium released its 2018 report card for the endangered species. There are just 411 left.