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Dandelion seeds reveal newly discovered form of natural flight

3 days ago from Physorg

The extraordinary flying ability of dandelion seeds is possible thanks to a form of flight that has not been seen before in nature, research has revealed.

Near-atomic resolution model of Ebola virus protein brings clearer understanding of the viral mechanics

3 days ago from Physorg

Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have for the first time imaged the structure of a central component of the Ebola virus at near-atomic...

Satellite monitoring could help curb illegal fishing in shark sanctuaries

3 days ago from UPI

Scientists want to use satellite tracking technology to ensure shark sanctuaries around the world are true sanctuaries -- not hotbeds of illegal activity.

Study shows how father's experiences pass to offspring via sperm

3 days ago from UPI

Researchers have figured out how a father's experiences can influence the health and development of his descendants from sperm: chemical modifications in DNA.

Look: Kelly Ripa posts photo of Mark Consuelos with sons

3 days ago from UPI

Kelly Ripa shared a picture of Mark Consuelos with their sons, Michael and Joaquin, and his dad on Instagram.

Modified cotton could be human food source after U.S. green light

3 days ago from Reuters:Science

U.S. regulators have cleared the way for farmers to grow a cotton plant genetically modified to make the cottonseed edible for people, a protein-packed potential new food source that could...

La biología sintética resuelve el caso de la rosa azul

3 days ago from C&EN

El pigmento indigoidina da una tonalidad no natural a las flores

Societies can remain distinct despite migration

3 days ago from Science Daily

Countries around the world can retain distinct cultures despite migration, new research shows.

Plant hormone makes space farming a possibility

3 days ago from Science Daily

With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it possible, plant biologists have shown....

Societies can remain distinct despite migration

3 days ago from Physorg

Countries around the world can retain distinct cultures despite migration, new research shows.

Getting to the root of long-term tree swallow declines

3 days ago from Physorg

Aerial insectivores—birds that hunt for insect prey on the wing—are declining across North America. Conserving vulnerable species such as these requires a good understanding of the factors impacting them at...

Study shows city rats eat better than country rats

3 days ago from Physorg

A pair of researchers, one with Trent University in Canada, the other the University of Manchester in the U.K. has found evidence that rats living in cities have a much...

Blue crab baby sizes and shapes influence their survival

3 days ago from Physorg

Like people, blue crabs aren't all the same sizes and shapes. Now Rutgers scientists have discovered substantial differences in the body structures of larval crab siblings and among larvae from...

Fish undisturbed by flash photography

3 days ago from Physorg

Fish experience stress, as do mammals and humans. When under stress, fish release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. A team of scientists spearheaded by IGB has investigated whether flash photography...

Regulating gene transcription using light

3 days ago from Physorg

Researchers led by Mustafa Khammash have developed a new method that uses blue light to control the transcription of DNA into RNA in single cells. The technology could also be...

Mom and dad genes and the intricate process of gene regulation

3 days ago from Science Blog

If the genome is like computer hardware, then the epigenome is the software that turns certain genes on and others off. During development, the epigenome mediates the complex process that...

Novel switching valve to receive more semen in a sex-role reversed cave insect

3 days ago from Physorg

The female of a sex-role reversed cave insect species Neotrogla has evolved a switching valve to receive more semen during mating, when a penis-like structure in the female anchors in...

Cellular stress defense

3 days ago from Physorg

Small heat-shock proteins (sHSPs) are molecular chaperones that bind to unfolded proteins to prevent protein aggregation and defend against cellular stress. Mutations in human sHSPs are associated with inherited diseases...

Cellular clean-up crews linked to how body handles sugar

3 days ago from Physorg

How our bodies handle glucose—the simple sugar that provides energy from the food we eat—appears to be intertwined with how cells keep themselves functioning normally, according to new University of...

Are two parents better than one? Yes, but only if you're a burying beetle

3 days ago from Physorg

Parenting behaviour varies greatly across the animal kingdom. In most mammals, only mothers look after the young, and in most fishes, only fathers look after the young. When it comes...

Scientists Catch Rare Glimpses of the Endangered Vaquita

3 days ago from NY Times Science

An expedition in the Gulf of California yielded photographs and video of a species nearing extinction.

Larval fish database to show effects of climate change on fisheries

3 days ago from Physorg

A new larval fish database collated over the last 30 years will be used to measure marine ecosystem state and change as well as seasonal patterns of various fish species.

Winter ticks killing moose at alarming rate

3 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have found that the swell of infestations of winter ticks -- which attach themselves to moose during the fall and feed throughout the winter -- is the primary cause...

Novel study shows promise for managing wild horse populations

3 days ago from Physorg

For more than eight years, Colorado State University researchers have studied a vaccine called GonaCon as a safe and humane solution for the overpopulation of wild horses.

Why White Supremacists Are Chugging Milk (and Why Geneticists Are Alarmed)

4 days ago from NY Times Health

The appropriation of genetic research by those with extremist views on race has scientists grappling with how to respond.

Alligators and timing shed light on reproductive disorders

4 days ago from Science Blog

Researchers from the University of Georgia have discovered that timing of exposure is a key factor in how certain contaminants affect the reproductive system—information that may help scientists understand the causes...

58 Australian fairy penguins slaughtered in suspected dog attack

4 days ago from Physorg

Wildlife officials in the southern Australia on Wednesday announced an investigation into the mass death of 58 penguins they believe were killed in a dog attack.

Blue wine? A tea-infused vintage? Spain startup shakes things up

4 days ago from Physorg

Five years ago, a group of university students in Spain's Basque Country decided they wanted to shake up a sector—any sector—but preferably one to do with food or drink.