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Q&A: These Species Were Said to Be Extinct. Really, They Were Just Hard to Find.

5 days ago from NY Times Science

A surprising number of plants and animals have been discovered alive and well after scientists had declared them long gone.

Cryptic remains of tiny animals have turned up in an Antarctic lake

5 days ago from Sciencenews.org

Researchers were surprised to find vestiges of what appear to be tiny animals in mud from Antarctica’s ice-covered Lake Mercer.

Smart microrobots that can adapt to their surroundings

5 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists have developed tiny elastic robots that can change shape depending on their surroundings. Modeled after bacteria and fully biocompatible, these robots optimize their movements so as to get to...

Bee surveys in newest US national park could aid pollinator studies elsewhere

5 days ago from Science Daily

Declines in native bee populations are widely reported, but can existing data really analyze these trends? Entomologists report findings about pollinator biodiversity in California's Pinnacle National Park derived from three...

Plant peptide helps roots to branch out in the right places

5 days ago from Science Daily

How do plants space out their roots? A research team has identified a peptide and its receptor that help lateral roots to grow with the right spacing.

Potential biotech and health applications with new knowledge on bacteria and viruses

5 days ago from Science Daily

New research to better understand how bacteria and their viruses interact and evolve will enable future studies to exploit the use of bacteria and their viruses for potential biotechnology and...

Mangrove patches deserve greater recognition no matter the size

5 days ago from Science Daily

Governments must provide stronger protection for crucial small mangrove patches, experts say.

Using bacteria to create a water filter that kills bacteria

5 days ago from Science Daily

Engineers have created a bacteria-filtering membrane using graphene oxide and bacterial nanocellulose. It's highly efficient, long-lasting and environmentally friendly -- and could provide clean water for those in need.

Killer blows? Knockout study of pair of mouse MicroRNA provides cancer insight

5 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers used knockout mouse models created by gene editing to reveal that the miRNA miR-146b, like miR-146a, is involved in the development of cancers, with them having similar but not...

Synaptic logic for connections between two brain hemispheres

5 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a new combination of technologies that allows them to identify the functional properties of individual synapses that link the two hemispheres and determine how they are arranged...

25,000 Years Later, Javelin Is Still Embedded in Mammoth's Rib

5 days ago from Live Science

About 25,000 years ago, ice age hunters in what is now Poland threw a light spear known as a javelin at a mammoth. Now, the discovery of that javelin has...

Watch: Horses chase fleeing suspect through Florida field

5 days ago from UPI

A police helicopter in Florida captured video when a fleeing suspect was chased through a pasture by a herd of horses.

Green turtle: The success of the reintroduction program in Cayman Islands

5 days ago from Science Daily

The reintroduction program for the green turtle in the Cayman Islands has been crucial in order to recover this species, which are threatened by the effects of human overexploitation, according...

This honeybee parasite may be more of a fat stealer than a bloodsucker

5 days ago from Sciencenews.org

Inventing decoy bee larvae prompts a back-to-basics rethink of a mite ominously named Varroa destructor.

As shutdown drags on, scientists scramble to keep insects, plants and microbes alive

5 days ago from Physorg

Three days a week, Don Weber shows up to work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture campus in Beltsville, Md. The parking lot is empty and the hallways are dark....

The Cerebellum Is Your "Little Brain"—and It Does Some Pretty Big Things

5 days ago from Scientific American

A newly identified circuit connecting the cerebellum to the brain’s reward centers in mice could help scientists understand autism and addiction -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark

5 days ago from Physorg

Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for...

Can genetic engineering save disappearing forests?

5 days ago from Physorg

Compared to gene-edited babies in China and ambitious projects to rescue woolly mammoths from extinction, biotech trees might sound pretty tame.

Using bacteria to create a water filter that kills bacteria

5 days ago from Physorg

More than one in 10 people in the world lack basic drinking water access, and by 2025, half of the world's population will be living in water-stressed areas, which is...

Biologists discover deep-sea fish living where there is virtually no oxygen

5 days ago from Physorg

Oxygen—it's a basic necessity for animal life. But marine biologists recently discovered large schools of fishes living in the dark depths of the Gulf of California where there is virtually...

Potential biotech and health applications with new knowledge on bacteria and viruses

5 days ago from Physorg

University of Otago research to better understand how bacteria and their viruses interact and evolve will enable future studies to exploit the use of bacteria and their viruses for potential...

Mangrove patches deserve greater recognition no matter the size

5 days ago from Physorg

Governments must provide stronger protection for crucial small mangrove patches, is the call led by scientists at international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London), which hosts the IUCN SSC...

Bison are back, and that benefits many other species on the Great Plains

5 days ago from Physorg

Driving north of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, an extraordinary landscape comes into view. Trees disappear and an immense landscape of grass emerges, undulating in the wind like a great, green ocean.

Researchers come face-to-face with huge great white shark

5 days ago from LA Times - Science

Two shark researchers who came face-to-face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that...

Wizards swat Knicks in London after goal-tending call

5 days ago from UPI

It was a weird way to win in London, or anywhere, but the Washington Wizards will take it. As for the New York Knicks, it turned into another new way...

A 'decathlon' for antibiotics puts them through more realistic testing

5 days ago from Physorg

The environments where bacteria thrive in our bodies are very different from those in which they're tested in the lab, and that can be a problem. Sriram Chandrasekaran, assistant professor...

Florida pulls Keys' ospreys from endangered animals list as numbers climb statewide

5 days ago from Physorg

The Florida Keys' ospreys, the fierce fish hawks whose massive nests dot utility poles, channel markers and nesting platforms up and down the ribbon of islands, will no longer be...

Experts push the boundaries of 3-D microscopy

5 days ago from Physorg

Two newly developed methods will help researchers to study the 3-D structure of complex surfaces and of individual neurons better than ever before. Sebastian Munck and Natalia Gunko, two expert...