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Study looks at ranger motivation in dangerous African park

1 day ago from Physorg

A new study by WCS looks at the job satisfaction of front line conservation rangers working in challenging conditions at a national park in the eastern Democratic Republic of the...

Experts call for review of quake limits on UK fracking

Researchers involved in monitoring fracking in the UK say the limits on seismic activity are "too conservative".

Human respiratory viruses continue to spread in wild chimpanzees

1 day ago from Science Daily

Less than two years after the first report of wild chimpanzees in Uganda dying as a result of a human 'common cold' virus, a new study has identified two other...

Emerging significance of gammaherpesvirus and morbillivirus infections in cats

1 day ago from Physorg

Emerging infectious diseases comprise a substantial fraction of important human infections, with potentially devastating global health and economic impacts. A 2008 paper in Nature described the emergence of no fewer...

Piece to the puzzle of baleen whales' evolution

1 day ago from Science Daily

A researcher has added another piece to the puzzle of the evolution of modern baleen whales with a new study examining the teeth and enamel of baleen whales' ancestors.

Long-read DNA analysis can give rise to errors, experts warn

1 day ago from Physorg

Advanced technologies that read long strings of DNA can produce flawed data that could affect genetic studies, research suggests.

Scientists find genes with large effects on head and brain size

1 day ago from Science Daily

The size of children's heads is not only related to the growth of their skull, but also their brain. A genome-wide analysis now reports the largest known genetic effects on...

Otago researcher contributes piece to the puzzle of baleen whales' evolution

1 day ago from Physorg

An Otago researcher has added another piece to the puzzle of the evolution of modern baleen whales with a world-first study examining the teeth and enamel of baleen whales' ancestors.

Plants blink: Proceeding with caution in sunlight

1 day ago from Physorg

Plants have control mechanisms that resemble those in human senses. According to a new Weizmann Institute of Science study, plants adjust photosynthesis to rapid light changes using a sophisticated sensing...

Researchers identify gene essential for plants to survive

1 day ago from Physorg

Phenylalanine amino acid must be included in the human diet, but it is also essential for plants, determining many of their characteristics, such as the colour and scent of flowers,...

Scientists demonstrate effective strategies for safeguarding CRISPR gene-drive experiments

1 day ago from Physorg

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time how two molecular strategies can safeguard CRISPR gene-drive experiments in the lab, according to a study published today in eLife.

Corals light the way to a healthy partnership

1 day ago from Physorg

Corals know how to attract good company. New research finds that corals emit an enticing fluorescent green light that attracts the mobile microalgae, known as Symbiodinium, that are critical to...

Do endangered woods make better guitars?

1 day ago from Physorg

Researchers have tested the sounds made by six different acoustic guitars in a study addressing the effects of the type of wood used in their construction.

New tool enables imaging of neural activity with near-infrared light

1 day ago from Physorg

A new, groundbreaking tool for visualizing neural activity has implications for understanding brain functions and disorders, according to new research by University of Alberta scientists and a team of international...

The diversity of rural African populations extends to their microbiomes

1 day ago from Science Blog

Our microbiome, the complex community of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other microorganisms in and on our bodies, reflects the way we live. If we own a pet, we likely share...

Mouse studies question ‘inhibition’ theory of autism

1 day ago from Science Blog

A detailed study of four mouse models of autism challenges the most common assumption about what goes wrong in brain circuits to cause disease symptoms. The major hypothesis today —...

Broadway's 'American Son' with Kerry Washington headed to Netflix

1 day ago from UPI

The Broadway play "American Son" starring Kerry Washington will be coming to Netflix with the original cast.

For zombie microbes, deep-sea buffet is just out of reach

1 day ago from Physorg

Far below the ocean floor, sediments are teeming with bizarre zombie-like microbes. Although they're technically alive, they grow in slow motion, and can take decades for a single cell to...

New insight into cell membranes could improve drug testing and design

2 days ago from Physorg

Research at the University of Arkansas on membrane proteins could lead to better development and testing of drugs. Chemistry researchers studied a type of membrane protein that expels drugs from...

Armed with affection, octogenarian is an 'octopus whisperer'

2 days ago from Physorg

Wilson Menashi palmed a squid in his left hand and extended his arm into an aquarium tank, watching as a giant Pacific octopus stretched out tentacles to greet him like...

Possible Oahu populations offer new hope for Hawaiian seabirds

2 days ago from Physorg

The two seabird species unique to Hawaii, Newell's Shearwaters and Hawaiian Petrels, are the focus of major conservation efforts—at risk from habitat degradation, invasive predators, and other threats, their populations...

How Ants Get a Taste for the Trail

2 days ago from NY Times Science

Ants use their antennas to sniff out food, and other ants. It’s how they make sense of the world. But how exactly do they use them?

ScienceTake: How Ants Sniff Out the Right Path

2 days ago from NY Times Science

They may seem like automatons, but ants are surprisingly sophisticated in their navigational strategies.

The diversity of rural African populations extends to their microbiomes

2 days ago from Physorg

Our microbiome, the complex community of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other microorganisms in and on our bodies, reflects the way we live. If we own a pet, we likely share...

Here's why you can't tickle yourself

2 days ago from PopSci

Science Your brain knows the difference. A new study from researchers at Sweden’s Linköping University reveals that there’s more going on than suspense.

Antarctic krill: Key food source moves south

A warming climate shifts the distribution of the krill species eaten by whales and other predators.

Leaf age determines the division of labor in plant stress responses

2 days ago from Physorg

A new study from researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research published in the journal PNAS shows that the crosstalk between plant responses to physical and biological...

How staying in shape is vital for reproductive success

2 days ago from Science Daily

Cells must keep their shape and proportions to successfully reproduce through cell division, scientists have found. The research reveals a fundamental biological basis for scaling, where cells maintain their proportions...