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Great white shark feasts on whale carcass next to tour boats

1 day ago from UPI

A tourist on a whale watching boat off the Australian coast captured video of a hungry great white shark making a meal out of a deceased whale.

Neural mechanisms for gregariousness and monogamy in zebra finches

1 day ago from Science Daily

Researchers describe neural mechanisms for gregariousness and monogamy in zebra finches in a new article.

Human intrusion on fruit bat habitats raises exposure risk to Hendra virus in Australia

2 days ago from Science Daily

There is a rising risk of human and domestic animal exposure to deadly Hendra virus (HeV) carried by fruit bats in Eastern Australia due to human intrusion into their habitats,...

New genomic insights reveal a surprising two-way journey for apple on the Silk Road

2 days ago from Science Daily

New research reveals surprising insights into the genetic exchange along the Silk Road that brought us the modern apple.

'Acidic patch' regulates access to genetic information

2 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have uncovered new details about the way in which DNA, which is tightly packed into the cell's nucleus, is unwound so that it can be read and transcribed into...

Mercury is altering gene expression

2 days ago from Science Daily

Mercury causes severe neurological disorders in people who have consumed highly contaminated fish. Whereas we know about the element's extreme toxicity, what happens further down the food chain, all the...

Genome sequencing method can detect clinically relevant mutations using 5 CTCs

2 days ago from Science Daily

Whole genome sequencing using long fragment read (LFR), a technology that can analyze the entire genomic content of small numbers of cells, detected potentially targetable mutations using only five circulating...

Cancer-fighting T cells are smarter, stronger than experts thought

2 days ago from Science Daily

It takes a minuscule amount of force to make T cells behave in the lab as they behave in the body. That finding is a leap in cancer therapy research.

Rare crocodile eggs hatched at Cambodian conservation center

2 days ago from Physorg

Nine eggs of an endangered crocodile species found in the wild in June and taken to a conservation center in southern Cambodia have hatched, conservationists announced Tuesday.

Five researchers share $500,000 prize for work on gene editing

2 days ago from Physorg

Five researchers will share a $500,000 medical prize for their roles in developing a groundbreaking gene-editing tool that lets scientists alter the DNA of living cells.

Chimps Can Play Rock-Paper-Scissors at 4-Year-Old Level

2 days ago from Live Science

Chimpanzees can learn how to play the game rock-paper-scissors about as well as a 4-year-old human child, a new study finds.

'Organismic learning' mimics some aspects of human thought

3 days ago from Physorg

A new computing technology called "organismoids" mimics some aspects of human thought by learning how to forget unimportant memories while retaining more vital ones.

A way to stabilize haploidy in animal cells

3 days ago from Physorg

The emergence in recent years of the first mammalian haploid cell lines has raised great expectations in the scientific community. Despite their potential, these cultures present some issues that complicate...

Ex-North Korean captive says Otto Warmbier was likely tortured

3 days ago from UPI

An American missionary once sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea says it's highly possible that college student Otto Warmbier was tortured there.

Lungs in space: research project could lead to new lung therapeutics

3 days ago from Physorg

Space travel can cause a lot of stress on the human body as the change in gravity, radiation and other factors creates a hostile environment. While much is known about...

Auburn Tigers: Gus Malzahn names Jarrett Stidham as starting quarterback

3 days ago from UPI

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn announced Monday that sophomore Jarrett Stidham will be the starting quarterback for the Tigers in their season opener.

Tiger Woods: Toxicology report finds five drugs in Woods' system

3 days ago from UPI

Tiger Woods had Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in his system when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in May.

'Fat but fit' is a myth, study says

3 days ago from UPI

No amount of extra weight is good for your heart, no matter how fit you are by other measures, new British research shows.

Probiotics Help Poplar Trees Clean Up Toxins in Superfund Sites

3 days ago from Newswise - Scinews

Biologists conducted the first large-scale experiment on a Superfund site using poplar trees fortified with a probiotic -- or natural microbe -- to clean up groundwater contaminated with trichloroethylene, or...

Would you eat genetically modified fish? You may have already

3 days ago from CBC: Health

Genetically modified fish is now being sold in Canada — but without any labels, who knows if you are buying it?

From thousands of suspects, researchers ferret out cancer-causing genes

3 days ago from Science Daily

A team of researchers has identified specific gene combinations that can cause deadly brain cancer glioblastoma, using new technology that can also pinpoint triggers of other types cancers.

‘Magic mushroom’ enzyme mystery solved

3 days ago from C&EN

Researchers unravel the biosynthesis of the psychoactive drug psilocybin, making large-scale production a possibility

Varroa mites -- bees' archenemies -- have genetic holes in their armor

3 days ago from Science Daily

Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Scientists have found genetic holes in the pests' armor that could...

Trophic coherence explains why networks have few feedback loops and high stability

3 days ago from Physorg

(—Complexity – defined as having emergent properties or traits that are not a function of, and are therefore difficult or inherently impossible to predict from, the discrete components comprising the system – is...

Rescued Aleppo lion gives birth after Jordan move

3 days ago from Physorg

A charity has successfully transferred 13 animals to a new home in Jordan via Turkey from a neglected Syrian zoo, including a lioness who gave birth to a healthy cub...

Rare white moose caught on camera in Sweden

3 days ago from UPI

A Swedish man who spotted a rare white moose returned the next day and managed to capture video of the creature taking a dip in a local lake.

How did the Franklin expedition crew die?

3 days ago from Physorg

A University of Michigan dentistry professor drew upon his expertise in oral health in developing a new theory to help explain the deaths of the famed Franklin naval expedition crew,...

Tiny jumping spiders found preying on frogs and lizards

3 days ago from Physorg

A trio of researchers from Switzerland and the U.S. has found documented evidence of tiny regal jumping spiders killing and eating much larger frogs and lizards. In their paper published...