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Observatory: Harmful Rays? For Some Spiders, a Mating Signal

9 years ago from NY Times Science

Among a certain species of jumping spider, females prefer males that reflect UVB radiation.

Researchers report the cloning of a key group of human genes, the protein kinases

9 years ago from Biology News Net

Although the human genome has been sequenced, research into mechanism of action of genes has been hampered by the fact that most human genes have not been isolated. This is...

Cholera study provides exciting new way of looking at infectious disease

9 years ago from Biology News Net

Scientists in Italy have discovered a new perspective in the study of infectious disease. Normally, such studies are based upon laboratory work looking at an organism and how it works...

Mechanical squirrels, robot lizards jump into research

9 years ago from AP Science

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- One gray squirrel, its bushy tail twitching, barked a warning as another scrounged for food nearby....

Dwarf cloud rat rediscovered after 112 years

9 years ago from Biology News Net

The greater dwarf cloud rat (Carpomys melanurus) was rediscovered in April 2008 -- 112 years after the first and only time it had ever been seen by scientists. Cloud rats...

Do different cells in our nose respond to different smells? [News]

9 years ago from Scientific American

People can smell thousands--perhaps even millions--of different scents. Yet scientists know that in the nose, there are only about 400 different types of odor receptors--proteins that capture scented molecules so...

Lost since 1896, 'mystery' rat found

9 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The greater dwarf cloud rat was thought to live in the canopies of tall trees in the Philippines, but the last sighting of one was 112 years ago. Now it...

Bees disease -- 1 step closer to finding a cure

9 years ago from Physorg

Scientists in Germany have discovered a new mechanism of infection for the most fatal bee disease. American Foulbrood (AFB) is the only infectious disease which can kill entire colonies of...

Fears over Congo elephant killing

The killing of rare elephants in DR Congo may be linked to South Africa lifting its culling ban, a conservationist says.

The Freaky Fish of the Congo

9 years ago from Live Science

Scientists explore the amazing biodiversity and freaky fish of the lower Congo River.

How do baby birdies learn to sing? By babbling

9 years ago from Reuters:Science

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Baby birds babble much like human infants do, and they have their own special brain circuits to do it, researchers reported on Thursday.

Strap-On Helicopter Could Offer Solo Flying Experience

9 years ago from Physorg

Ever since the first human saw a bird soaring through the clouds, our species has harbored a great envy for the freedom that flying gives.

Fitness: Cycling Success Measured in Frequent-Flier Miles

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Triathletes travel (and spend) a lot for the perfect fit in a bike.

Experiments for kids: Rocket Mouse has liftoff!

9 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Mice can't fly - can they? Why not find out for yourself in fine style with this fun milk bottle launcher

Breaking Up Not So Hard, Study Finds

9 years ago from Live Science

We overestimate the heart-crushing blow from a romantic split.

Not just for the monkeys: New publication shows evolution is everywhere

9 years ago from Biology News Net

To spotlight the widespread importance of evolution, a group of renowned international scientists have launched a scientific journal devoted to using evolutionary biology to tackle the world's major biological crises....

Sharks Repelled by Metal That Creates Electric Field

9 years ago from National Geographic

An electrochemical alloy sent captive sandbar sharks dashing away from hooked bait, a find that could help reduce the millions of unwanted sharks snagged each year by longline fisheries.

'Silent' Fungus Metabolism Awakened For New Natural Products

9 years ago from Science Daily

US scientists have re-awakened 'silent' metabolic pathways in fungi to reveal a new range of natural products. The research could provide not only a source of new drugs, but a...

New discovery linked to DNA repair and cancer

9 years ago from Physorg

Scientists have discovered a new protein in humans that plays an important role in repairing DNA damage that could lead to cancer.

Male Seahorses Are Nature's Mr. Mom, Researchers Say

9 years ago from Science Daily

Male seahorses are nature's real-life Mr. Moms -- they take fathering to a whole new level: pregnancy. Although it is common for male fish to play the dominant parenting role,...

Bird study finds bullet residues worrisome

9 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- U.S. studies of several bird species suggest birds that eat lead ammunition residues contained in the remains of gun-killed animals pose a health...

New Technique Accelerates Biological Image Analysis

9 years ago from Science Daily

Computational Biologist have discovered how to significantly speed up critical steps in an automated method for analyzing cell cultures and other biological specimens. The new technique promises to enable higher...

Paraguay: GM soya invaded by weed

9 years ago from SciDev

An agrochemical-resistant weed is invading genetically modified soya in Paraguay, diminishing yields.

Wakame waste

9 years ago from Physorg

Bacteria that feed on seaweed could help in the disposal of pollutants in the world's oceans, according to a new study by researchers in China and Japan. The discovery is...

Phase of clock gene expression in human leukocytes correlates with habitual sleep timing

9 years ago from Physorg

The phase of clock gene expression in leukocytes, assessed in the absence of the masking effects of light-dark and sleep-wake cycles, correlates with habitual sleep timing, according to a study...

Suspected Carcinogenic Chemicals Used To Make Teflon, Scotchgard, Found In Human Milk

9 years ago from Science Daily

Chemicals used to make nonstick cookware and stain-resistant fabrics are spreading around the world and turning up in surprising places, everywhere from wildlife and drinking water supplies to human blood....

Cloned horse gives birth

9 years ago from Physorg

Italian scientist Cesare Galli says the world's first cloned horse, Prometea, has given birth to a healthy foal.