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Invasive species spread hard to predict

8 years ago from UPI

DAVIS, Calif., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've determined it will not be easy to scientifically predict the spread of invasive plants and animals.

Biochemist JoAnne Stubbe wins National Medal of Science

8 years ago from MIT Research

Nation's top science honor goes to MIT biochemist for her role in helping reveal the mechanism of enzymes involved in DNA replication and repair

Invasive Species On The March: Variable Rates Of Spread Set Current Limits To Predictability

8 years ago from Science Daily

Whether for introduced muskrats in Europe or oak trees in the United Kingdom, zebra mussels in United States lakes or agricultural pests around the world, scientists have tried to find...

HIV Uses Several Strategies To Escape Immune Pressure

8 years ago from Science Daily

A study of how HIV mutates in response to immune system pressure shows that the virus can take several escape routes, not one preferred route.

Memories of the way they used to be

8 years ago from

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla have developed a safe strategy for...

Evolutionary Biology - Home Of The Idiot Savant

8 years ago from

I’ve been putting the case for some months now, that evolutionary biology is in a deplorable state due to an uncritical acceptance of the unrealistic assumptions that lie at the...

Ice Cream May Target The Brain Before Your Hips, Study Suggests

8 years ago from Science Daily

Blame your brain for sabotaging your efforts to get back on track after splurging on an extra scoop of ice cream or that second burger during Friday night's football game.

Polymorphisms of the interleukin-1 gene complex may influence alcohol dependence

8 years ago from Science Blog

Cytokines are small proteins secreted by cells that serve as molecular messengers between cells. Pro-inflammatory cytokines -- which function in the immune system -- may be involved...

Get a core muscle workout using a foam roller

8 years ago from LA Times - Health

Update this popular abdominal exercise by performing it on a foam roller. You'll train multiple core muscles at the same time with one simple move.

Fundy right whale numbers rebound

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Thirty years of conservation efforts in the Bay of Fundy appear to be paying off for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, scientists say.

Don't change that channel: DTV woes still abound

8 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Think the digital TV transition is over? Not quite. Many viewers have found that they can't pick up certain stations after the switch, even with the right...

Calcium channels optimize learning

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Researchers at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland, have shown how calcium channels in the brain have a positive impact on learning. Their results have been...

Venom attracts decapitating flies

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Chemistry may help scientists improve control of invasive fire ants

Nesting Turtles Get Military Protection

8 years ago from National Geographic

Mexican Navy patrols are helping to protect endangered Golfina, or olive ridley, turtles as they begin laying eggs at "the most important beach for marine turtle nesting in the world." Video

Exotic Life Beyond Life? Looking For Life As We Don't Know It

8 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists at a new interdisciplinary research institute in Austria are working to uncover how life might evolve with “exotic” biochemistry and solvents, such as sulphuric acid instead of water.

Cations Cling To Cartilage

8 years ago from C&EN

A new class of contrast agents promises to generate clearer pictures of the state of cartilage in joints.

The Most Passionate Sixteen-Arm Embrace

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Did you know that Isabella Rossellini writes, co-directs, and stars in a show about reproductive behavior and conservation? The show is called Green Porno. Yes, really! It has just come to...

ISU researchers working to develop, market embryonic test for bovine genetics

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Looking at the genetic makeup of cattle to determine their value is nothing new. An examination of a small sample of hair or blood can reveal if a calf has...

How To Improve Vaccines To Trigger T Cell As Well As Antibody Response

8 years ago from Science Daily

Most successful vaccines stimulate antibodies that attack and kill viruses as they scoot from one cell to another. But what about viruses and other pathogens that never leave the cell?...

Secrets Of Insect Flight Revealed: Modeling The Aerodynamic Secrets Of One Of Nature's Most Efficient Flyers

8 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers are one step closer to creating a micro-aircraft that flies with the maneuverability and energy efficiency of an insect after decoding the aerodynamic secrets of insect flight.

Experts watch health of bat colonies in wake of white-nose syndrome

8 years ago from Physorg

The tiny male bat didn't expect to wind up in a biologist's hand when he set out in search of a nighttime snack along Box Canyon Creek.

Squirrel seen savaging fruit bat

A zoologist in Africa has witnessed a and never before seen incident of a squirrel trying to kill a fruit bat.

Last chance to see the aye-aye?

Wildlife expert Mark Cawardine describes the ecological destruction of Madagascar, witnessed during his quest to find a remarkable nocturnal lemur.

Researchers Isolates Liver Cancer Stem Cells Prior To Tumor Formation

8 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have taken an important step in understanding the role of stem cells in development of liver cancer. Using a unique approach that involves study of individual cells, the team...

Why Female Water Buffalo Have Horns but Impala Do Not?

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- The reason some female hoofed animals have horns while others do not has long puzzled evolutionary biologists, even the great Charles Darwin. But now a survey of 117...

Drug discovery process more accurate, less expensive using novel mass spectrometry application

8 years ago from Physorg

Cancer and cell biology experts at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have developed a new mass spectrometry-based tool they say provides more precise, cost-effective data collection for drug discovery efforts.

Making a clean getaway: Scientists demonstrate how bird baths make for more accurate flyers

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Newcastle University scientists investigating why starlings bathe so often have discovered it alters their escape behaviour, with clean birds proving the most accurate flyers.

Biopesticides: The Future of Pest Control?

8 years ago from Science Blog

Biopesticides: The Future of Pest Control? Have you ever marveled over the natural link among things that seem as totally disparate as stale beer, fox urine, fungi, canola oil, parasitic wasps,...