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Rare Siberian tiger mom seen caring for cubs in China video

5 days ago from UPI

A rare family of Siberian tigers was captured on surveillance footage at the Northeast China Tiger and Leopard National Park, according to state-owned media.

Longer siesta on bright days

5 days ago from Science Daily

Insects and mammals have special sensors for different light intensities. These sensors selectively influence the circadian clocks and thereby control daily activity patterns.

Watch: Monkeys parade across electrical wire

5 days ago from UPI

A group of macaque monkeys in Japan are going viral after they took a snowy day stroll atop some electrical wires, to the surprise of onlookers.

Giant hi-tech tomato glasshouse set to produce millions of the fruit

The facility is set to produce 150 million tomatoes a year, helped by red LED lights and bees.

EU OKs Poland's wild boar slaughter to fight swine disease

5 days ago from Physorg

The European Union's executive body is supporting Poland's slaughter of wild boars as a way of protecting farm pigs and meat production from the deadly African swine fever.

Would you give bats a home in your fridge?

Zoologists in Belarus are helping the flying mammal to get some sleep during hibernation season.

Blueprint for plant immune response found

5 days ago from Physorg

Washington State University researchers have discovered the way plants respond to disease-causing organisms, and how they protect themselves, leading the way to potential breakthroughs in breeding resistance to diseases or...

The algae's third eye

5 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists have discovered an unusual new light sensor in green algae. The sensor triggers a reaction that is similar to one in the human eye.

Why wasn't the human genome shredded long ago?

5 days ago from Physorg

In the January 7th edition of Communications Biology, researchers at InsideOutBio argue that an unusual form of DNA with a reverse twist may have helped thwart the invasion of the...

Quantum computer: We're planning to create one that acts like a brain

5 days ago from Physorg

The human brain has amazing capabilities making it in many ways more powerful than the world's most advanced computers. So it's not surprising that engineers have long been trying to...

The algae's third eye

5 days ago from Physorg

Scientists at the Universities of Würzburg and Bielefeld in Germany have discovered an unusual new light sensor in green algae. The sensor triggers a reaction that is similar to one...

Powerful microscope captures first image of nanoscaffold that promotes cell movement

5 days ago from Physorg

There are many times when our cells need to move. Mobile cells guide our body's formation (embryonic development). Immune cells roam to capture unwanted intruders. And healing cells (fibroblasts) migrate...

Flippable DNA switches help bacteria resist antibiotics and are more common than thought

5 days ago from Physorg

Bacteria have a number of well-known tricks available to them to adapt to changing environments, such as mutation and sharing snippets of DNA with each other. Less studied is a...

Mobile, instant diagnosis of viruses

5 days ago from Physorg

In a first for plant virology, a team from CIRAD recently used nanopore technology to sequence the entire genomes of two yam RNA viruses. This little-used but promising molecular biology...

Blueprint for plant immune response found

5 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have discovered the way plants respond to disease-causing organisms, and how they protect themselves, leading the way to potential breakthroughs in breeding resistance to diseases or pests.

Decades-old question answered in Alzheimer’s brain plaques

5 days ago from Science Blog

Alzheimer’s-affected brains are riddled with so-called amyloid plaques: protein aggregates consisting mainly of amyloid-β. However, this amyloid-β is a fragment produced from a precursor protein whose normal function has remained...

Experimental antibody ‘cocktail’ protects animals from three deadly Ebola viruses

5 days ago from Science Blog

Scientists from academia, industry, and government have developed a combination of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that protected animals from all three Ebola viruses known to cause human disease. Their work is...

Wish they all could be California whales

5 days ago from Science Blog

Researchers from Mexico and the United States have concluded that a population of fin whales in the rich Gulf of California ecosystem may live there year-round – an unusual circumstance...

Fisheries officers to deal with seals invading northern Newfoundland town

A group of seals continues to make its temporary home in a Northern Peninsula town, while Fisheries officers decide how to handle the situation.

Immune system's front-line defense freezes bacteria in their tracks

5 days ago from Physorg

In the moments leading up to assault by a short, peculiar peptide, the bacteria are happily growing, their DNA jiggling around the cell in the semi-random motions characteristic of life.

Nerve cells from people with autism grow unusually big and fast

5 days ago from Sciencenews.org

In some forms of autism, nerve cells develop faster than normal, possibly setting the stage for the disorder, a study finds.

Essex little owls win wildlife photographer's affection

"I love their facial expressions," says wildlife cameraman Russell Savory.

Using genetics of human fat cells to predict response to anti-diabetes drugs

6 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have demonstrated -- using fat cells derived from human stem cells -- that individual genetic variation can be used to predict whether the TZD rosiglitazone will produce the unwanted...

Bacteria help discover human cancer-causing proteins

6 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers applied an unconventional approach that used bacteria to discover human proteins that can lead to DNA damage and promote cancer.

HIV protein function that slows migration of T cells also improves viral survival

6 days ago from Science Daily

A new study has identified the specific function of a protein found in HIV and related viruses that, after slowing down viral spread in the earliest stages of infection, may...

Rice plants engineered to be better at photosynthesis make more rice

6 days ago from Science Daily

A new bioengineering approach for boosting photosynthesis in rice plants could increase grain yield by up to 27 percent, according to a new study. The approach, called GOC bypass, enriches...

New role for brain's support cells in controlling circadian rhythms

6 days ago from Science Daily

A new study has found that astrocytes, previously thought of as just supporting neurons in regulating circadian rhythms, can actually lead the tempo of the body's internal clock and have...

Researchers correct genetic mutation that causes IPEX, a life-threatening autoimmune syndrome

6 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have created a method for modifying blood stem cells to reverse the genetic mutation that causes a life-threatening autoimmune syndrome called IPEX.