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New potato varieties store longer

8 years ago from UPI

FARGO, N.D., May 7 (UPI) -- Isolating genes that control dormancy is key to developing potato varieties that keep longer and are more environmentally friendly, U.S. researchers said.

Discovery of rare genetic mutation could help battle Tourette syndrome

8 years ago from Science Daily

A single, very unusual family with Tourette syndrome has led researchers to identify a rare mutation in a gene that is required to produce histamine. The finding provides a new...

A Three-Inch Bio-Detector Quickly Scans For All the Bacteria and Viruses We Know Of, All at Once

8 years ago from PopSci

The Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array Jacqueline McBride/LLNL The ability to quickly detect and identify viruses and bacteria is key in fields ranging from antiterrorism to medical diagnosis to pharmaceutical safety. A novel...

Epidemic this year? Check the lake's shape

8 years ago from

Of all the things that might control the onset of disease epidemics in Michigan lakes, the shape of the lakes' bottoms might seem unlikely. But that is precisely the case,...

Designed biomaterials mimicking biology

8 years ago from

Engineered artificial proteins that mimic the elastic properties of muscles in living organisms are the subject of an article in Nature magazine to be released May 6...

U of T researchers crack 'splicing code,' solve a mystery underlying biological complexity

8 years ago from

Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered a fundamentally new view of how living cells use a limited number of genes to generate enormously complex organs such as the...

UH engineers to improve test for cardiovascular disease

8 years ago from

Two University of Houston professors are working to help keep your heart beating stronger and longer simply by monitoring the temperature of your fingertip...

Hepcidin-25 in human saliva, bile, ascitic and pleural fluid

8 years ago from Physorg

A research team from United Kingdom described the use of radioimmunoassay to demonstrate and measure hepcidin-25 in various biological fluids. They provided evidence for the first time of the presence...

Linnaeus 2.0: First E-publication of new plant species

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Four new Neotropical plant species in the hyperdiverse genus Solanum (Solanaceae), which includes plants as diverse as the deadly nightshade as well as the more palatable tomato have been published...

Vent creatures beat the heat

8 years ago from Science Alert

Creatures living around undersea hydrothermal vents adapt their behaviour to avoid sudden temperature surges.

Linnaeus meets the Internet

8 years ago from News @ Nature

Test case for electronic publication of new species names breaks with over 200 years of history.

Why bat-pollinated flowers are oversexed

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Flowers pollinated by bats have a reputation for producing copious amounts of pollen from oversized male reproductive organs, and until now most scientists believed this was to compensate...

CIA drones have broader list of targets

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

The agency since 2008 has been secretly allowed to kill unnamed suspects in Pakistan. ...

No need to fertilize newly placed St. Augustinegrass sod, UF study shows

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Florida homeowners and contractors laying St. Augustinegrass sod this spring can save money and help the environment if they wait at least one month before fertilizing, University of...

How dark chocolate may guard against brain injury from stroke

8 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have discovered that a compound in dark chocolate may protect the brain after a stroke by increasing cellular signals already known to shield nerve cells from damage.

Rare oryx, extinct in wild, born at National Zoo

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The National Zoo says a scimitar-horned oryx has been born at its conservation center in Virginia — the zoo's first such birth in 13 years.

Mammal diversity causes proposed

8 years ago from UPI

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests patterns of mammal diversity caused by biodiversity gradients arise from interactions between climate change and mountain building.

New cod? Quick-growing tropical cobia could replace dwindling species

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Species has high oil content, white flesh, and grows three times as fast salmon, and 'could be next big farmed fish'A new fast-growing tropical fish that could provide an alternative to popular...

How world's smallest 'coffee ring' may help biosensors detect disease

8 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have found the definitive microscopic minimal threshold of coffee ring formation, which now can set standards for biosensor devices for multiple disease detection, as well as other uses.

A New Blog: Scientist at Work

8 years ago from NY Times Science

A new blog called Scientist at Work follows Christopher J. Raxworthy as he looks for new species of amphibians and reptiles in Madagascar.

Neuroscience: Illuminating the brain

8 years ago from News @ Nature

Systems neuroscientists are pushing aside their electrophysiology rigs to make room for the tools of 'optogenetics'. Lizzie Buchen reports from a field in the process of reinvention.

Research identifies patterns of CD24, a novel biomarker for non-small cell lung carcinomas

8 years ago from Science Blog

The May edition of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology features a study aimed to clarify expression patterns of a novel cancer biomarker, CD24, in non-small cell lung carcinomas (NSCLC) and...

The Other Orchid Thief: Virus Ravages the Popular Flower [Slide Show]

8 years ago from Scientific American

For hobbyists like Colette Theriault, a photographer who lives in Ontario, orchids are an addiction. Theriault bought her first Phalaenopsis in 1999 and nurtured it for three years...

Plastic Antibodies Target Peptide

8 years ago from C&EN

Nanotechnology: Molecularly imprinted nanoparticles remove bee toxin from blood.

Atrazine is the main weapon against weeds in sweet corn, with few alternatives

8 years ago from Science Daily

Life without atrazine would complicate weed management in corn, especially for sweet corn growers. A study at the University of Illinois looked at 175 sweet corn fields in the Midwest...

The Perfect Spot: Baylor Study Finds Mosquitoes Are Choosy on Where They Lay Their Eggs

8 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

A Baylor University study has found female mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs on or close to water in which other mosquito larvae have developed, suggesting that female mosquitoes can...

Picturing infertility

8 years ago from Chemistry World

German scientists have used a non-invasive technique to provide detailed 3D images of human sperm cells, which could be developed into a high-throughput fertility test

An Injection of Symbiotic Cyanobacteria Gives Fish the Power of Photosynthesis (Sort Of)

8 years ago from PopSci

Cyano-Zebrafish Embryo The fluorescent cyanobacteria can be seen in red. There are plenty of ways to cut down on your food intake -- you can observe the methods of fasting holy men,...