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Idris Elba's daughter Isan to serve as Golden Globe Ambassador

4 days ago from UPI

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association named Isan Elba, the daughter of actor Idris Elba, as its 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador Wednesday.

Countries debate plan to equate digitized DNA data to biological material

4 days ago from C&EN

Controversial Nagoya protocol proposal aims to share benefits from genetic sequence information to conserve biodiversity

First tally of US-Russia polar bears finds a healthy population

4 days ago from Science Daily

The first scientific assessment of polar bears that live in the Chukchi Sea region that spans the US and Russia finds the population is healthy and does not yet appear...

Symbiosis a driver of truffle diversity

4 days ago from Science Daily

Truffles are the fruiting bodies of the ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungal symbionts residing on host plant roots. In many Ascomycota and Basidiomycota lineages, truffle-forming species have evolved independently in nearly every...

Mattis: Troops on border unarmed, providing support to law enforcement

4 days ago from UPI

U.S. troops on the U.S.-Mexico border are providing logistical and medical support, including temporary housing, to customs and border law enforcement efforts, and are mostly unarmed, Secretary of Defense James...

Researchers discover novel 'to divide or to differentiate' switch in plants

4 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists have uncovered a novel mechanism in plants that controls an important decision step in stomatal lineage to divide asymmetrically or to differentiate. This is a decisive step for the...

Symbiosis a driver of truffle diversity

4 days ago from Physorg

While the sight of black or white truffle being shaved over on pasta is generally considered a sign of dining extravagance, they play an important role in soil ecosystem services....

Tropical trees in the Andes are moving up -- toward extinction

4 days ago from Science Daily

In the most comprehensive study of its kind, biologists have found that tropical and subtropical forests across South America's Andes Mountains are responding to warming temperatures by migrating to higher,...

Watch: Eastern brown snake found under refrigerator

4 days ago from UPI

An Australian snake catcher shared video of an unusual capture involving a deadly eastern brown snake hiding under a refrigerator.

Latest artificial glucose-binding receptor is best yet

4 days ago from C&EN

Supramolecular structure binds glucose strongly and selectively, pointing to future incorporation into diabetes treatment devices

Look: Lizard survivor found one week after fire at pet store

4 days ago from UPI

Workers at a British pet supplies store that was ravaged by a fire said a soot-covered lizard survived the flames and turned up a week later.

Stress in early life has a lasting impact on male birds' song

4 days ago from Physorg

Male songbirds that had better early life conditions as nestlings sing more often and produce more complex songs as adults, according to a study by Lucy Magoolagan from Lancaster University,...

After facing near extinction, mountain gorilla population grows

The Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature has updated mountain gorillas' status from "critically endangered" to "endangered," a more promising, if still precarious, designation.

Mosquito genome opens new avenues for reducing bug-borne disease

4 days ago from Physorg

The mosquito Aedes aegypti is a powerful, plentiful species: It populates six continents, can carry deadly viruses, and bites with abandon. But until recently, its genome was in tatters.

Where Are All the Aliens? 'Out There' Book Excerpt

4 days ago from Live Science

In 'Out There' (Grand Central Publishing, 2018), Space.com senior writer Mike Wall tackles the search for alien life from many different angles and discusses humanity's drive to get off its...

No. 1 Duke Blue Devils hearing the noise, host Eastern Michigan

4 days ago from UPI

The noise could become louder for the No. 1-ranked Duke Blue Devils.

Schrödinger's Bacteria? Physics Experiment Leads to 1st Entanglement of Living Organisms

4 days ago from Live Science

A paper published in 2017 appeared to show a limited quantum effect in bacteria. Now scientists argue that something much weirder happened.

Human evolution is still happening – possibly faster than ever

4 days ago from Physorg

Modern medicine's ability to keep us alive makes it tempting to think human evolution may have stopped. Better healthcare disrupts a key driving force of evolution by keeping some people...

No. 7 LSU Tigers looking for improved offense vs. Rice

4 days ago from UPI

LSU might be able to find its offense against 1-10 Rice in the Tigers' home finale Saturday night.

Lion cub seized from man snapping selfies in Lamborghini

4 days ago from UPI

Police in Paris said they seized a lion cub spotted posing for selfies with a man driving a green Lamborghini sports car.

Advanced computer technology and software turn species identification interactive

4 days ago from Physorg

Representing a group of successful biocontrol agents for various pest fruit flies, a parasitic wasp genus remains largely overlooked. While its most recent identification key dates back to 1969, many...

Skipping a few thousand years: Rapid domestication of the groundcherry using gene editing

4 days ago from Physorg

Shopping in your supermarket's produce section is like strolling through a museum of humanity's greatest inventions. Perfect ears of golden sweet corn; tomatoes of different sizes, shapes and colors; and...

Salmon are shrinking, and it shows in their genes

4 days ago from Physorg

Male salmon are maturing earlier and becoming smaller, and it shows in their genes. This was the discovery of a study that examined scale samples from salmon in the River...

Researchers overcome challenges to collect new typhoon observations

4 days ago from Physorg

As field researchers know, sometimes the science you set out to do is not what you end up doing. But the drive for knowledge is unwavering, and scientists find a...

The dawn of a new era for genebanks

4 days ago from Physorg

Biodiversity goes beyond species diversity. Another important aspect of biodiversity is genetic variation within species. A notable example is the immense variety of cultivars and landraces of crop plants and...

Fin whale, mountain gorilla populations rise amid conservation action

4 days ago from Physorg

The fin whale and mountain gorilla populations grew significantly due to efforts by conservationists to halt their descent towards extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said Wednesday.

When boy fish build castles to impress girls, boy genes get 'turned on' and 'tuned in'

4 days ago from Physorg

Call it instinct, but something compels some animals to behave in certain ways, perhaps programs in their genes. Researchers have directly connected activities of genes with instinctive behavior in little...

Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up

4 days ago from Physorg

There are more gorillas in the mist—a rare conservation success story, scientists say.