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SeaWorld Called Best Place for Tilikum

8 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Ex-Trainer: "No Better Place" for Whale; Says Setting Tilikum Free Isn't an Option

Why Do Animals Grow Bigger In The Cold?

8 years ago from

A possible new solution to a 163-year-old biology puzzle - why animals grow bigger in cold climates - may have been found, according to researchers who say ecological factors can now...

Sea turtles aiding robotics

8 years ago from UPI

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Studying the locomotion of baby loggerhead sea turtles is providing clues for the development of robots over varying terrain, scientists in Georgia...

Study: Whaling speeds up to climate change

8 years ago from UPI

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Whaling contributes to climate change, U.S. scientists have found.

Novel antitoxin strategy developed using 'tagged binding agents'

8 years ago from Science Daily

A study involving the world's deadliest substance has yielded a new strategy to clear toxins from the body -- which may lead to more efficient strategies against toxins that may...

The bigger the animal, the stiffer the 'shoes': Carnivores' feet 'tuned' to their body size

8 years ago from Science Daily

If a Tiger's feet were built the same way as a mongoose's feet, they'd have to be about the size of a hippo's feet to support the big cat's weight....

Hormone study gives scientists a sense of how animals bond

8 years ago from

Scientists have pinpointed how a key hormone helps animals to recognise others by their smell...

Interactions between species: Powerful driving force behind evolution?

8 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists in the UK have provided the first experimental evidence that shows that evolution is driven most powerfully by interactions between species, rather than adaptation to the environment.

What to do with captive orcas?

Attacks by orcas are rare, but they highlight the tensions between these large marine predators and people.

Stem cells restore sight in mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa

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An international research team led by Columbia University Medical Centre successfully used mouse embryonic stem cells to replace diseased retinal cells and restore sight in a mouse model of retinitis...

Caltech scientists find first physiological evidence of brain's response to inequality

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The human brain is a big believer in equality - and a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, has become...

Brain implant reveals the neural patterns of attention

8 years ago from

A paralysed patient implanted with a brain-computer interface device has allowed scientists to determine the relationship between brain waves and attention...

Poisonous friends help mimic

8 years ago from Science Alert

Staying near poisonous fish can have a lot of advantages, according to a recent study – it can help both avoid predators and attack prey.

Freshwater fish under pressure

8 years ago from Science Alert

Researchers have found that many freshwater fish in Australia's south-west are in danger of extinction, due to bad water and exotic fish.

Neural mechanism may underlie an enhanced memory for the unexpected

8 years ago from

The human brain excels at using past experiences to make predictions about the future. However, the world around us is constantly changing, and new events often violate our logical expectations....

Buckyball-based gene delivery

8 years ago from Chemistry World

Japanese researchers have demonstrated effective gene delivery in mice using carbon buckyballs

African pygmy mice: Females are XY ... researchers find out why

8 years ago from Science Daily

In a great majority of cases, the Y chromosome determines sex in mammals. The African pygmy mouse M. minutoides is an exception to this rule. In this species, which is...

Genetic link between misery and death discovered; novel strategy probes 'genetic haystack'

8 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have discovered what they describe as a biochemical link between misery and death, and in addition found a specific genetic variation that seems to break that link. Additionally, they...

Biology May Not Be so Complex Afterall

8 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Centuries ago, scientists began reducing the physics of the universe into a few, key laws described by a handful of parameters. Such simple descriptions have remained elusive for...

Where does the fluid go?

8 years ago from Science Blog

MADISON, WI, FEBRUARY 22, 2010 -- Combined mechanisms of transport have important applications -- transport of nutrients across cell membranes in plants and animals, the aeration of agricultural...

Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology

8 years ago from Science Blog

Campylobacter Bacteria in Cattle Manure May Survive Composting

Do Ocean-Bottom Bacteria Make Their Own Power Grids?

8 years ago from Science NOW

Subsea microbes may keep each other alive by exchanging energy [Read more]

Plague effects on wildlife inaccurate?

8 years ago from UPI

RESTON, Va., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A U.S. Geological Survey study suggests the effects of plague on wildlife might have been underestimated in the past.

Dual Benefits For Big Rings

8 years ago from C&EN

Organic Synthesis: Bifunctional reagent adds to the tool kit for making macrocycles.

Obama Errs on Research Number

8 years ago from Science NOW

Speaking last spring at the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama said he hoped... [Read more]

African countries fight banana disease

8 years ago from SciDev

Two deadly banana diseases are notoriously hard to detect — now seven African nations are setting up a surveillance system.

Giraffes, cranky hippo oversee Paris zoo redo

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

For a zoo, it's a quiet and lonely place. Among the few remaining residents of Paris' main animal park are the giraffes — whose long necks make travel inconvenient —...

The stranglers: the five plants threatening Britain's waterways

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Your pond could be harbouring a would-be killer, says Jane PerroneDo you know what's lurking in your garden pond? OK, so it may well be frozen over right now, but have a...