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Higher temperatures could help protect coral reefs

3 days ago from Physorg

A new study in the journal Behavioral Ecology, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that higher water temperature, which increases the aggressiveness of some fish, could lead to better protection...

Chicken nuggets grown in a lab

Can chicken nuggets grown in a lab actually taste like... well... chicken? A taste test on lab-grown meat.

Parasite spread by cats threatens Quebec's endangered belugas, study shows

A new study suggests belugas are being increasingly infected with a parasite known as toxoplasma gondii, transmitted through the feces of cats.

In cadaver caves, baby beetles grow better with parental goo

3 days ago from Sciencenews.org

A dead mouse — with the right microbial treatment from beetle parents — becomes a much better nursery than your average carcass.

Study: Non-inherited dementia linked to DNA 'spelling mistakes'

3 days ago from UPI

Non-inherited forms of dementia likely develop because of spontaneous "spelling mistakes" in DNA that arise as cells divide and reproduce, according to a study.

Us vs. them: Understanding the neurobiology of stereotypes

3 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists describe how non-invasive brain stimulation -- a technique he and others have pioneered to unlock the secrets of the brain -- could shed light on the neurobiology underlying implicit...

Why tropical forests are so ecologically diverse

3 days ago from Science Daily

The population of a tropical tree increases mostly in places where it is rare, a new study found.

Reagent targets methionines in proteins

3 days ago from C&EN

New method provides another way to functionalize proteins to carry probes or payloads

Discovery of a simplest mechanism for color detection

3 days ago from Science Daily

Color vision, ocular color detection is achieved with complicated neural mechanisms in the eyes. Researchers have found color detection with a simplest mechanism in the fish pineal organ, an extraocular...

Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis

3 days ago from Science Daily

The sixth mass extinction is underway, this time caused by humans. A team of researchers have calculated that species are dying out so quickly that nature's built-in defense mechanism, evolution,...

Researchers produce virus-resistant pigs, could vastly improve global animal health

3 days ago from Physorg

Researchers at the University of Missouri have successfully produced a litter of pigs that are genetically resistant to a deadly porcine virus.

How beetle larvae thrive on carrion

3 days ago from Science Daily

The burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides buries the cadavers of small animals to use them as a food source for its offspring. However, the carcass is susceptible to microbial decomposition. Researchers...

Computer model offers more control over protein design

3 days ago from MIT Research

Designing synthetic proteins that can act as drugs for cancer or other diseases can be a tedious process: It generally involves creating a library of millions of proteins, then screening the library to...

Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis

3 days ago from Physorg

Humans are exterminating animal and plant species so quickly that nature's built-in defence mechanism, evolution, cannot keep up. An Aarhus-led research team calculated that if current conservation efforts are not...

Discovery of a simple mechanism for color detection

3 days ago from Physorg

Color vision, consisting of ocular color detection, is achieved with complicated neural mechanisms in the eyes. Researchers from Osaka City University in Japan have found color detection with a simple...

In pursuit of the elusive stem cell

3 days ago from MIT Research

How does the body renew itself? How do cancer cells use the same or similar processes to form tumors and spread throughout the body? How might we use those processes to heal...

How beetle larvae thrive on carrion

3 days ago from Physorg

The burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides buries the cadavers of small animals in soil to use them as a food source for its offspring. However, the carcass and thus the breeding...

PPR virus poses threat to conservation

3 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have reviewed the threat of the virus peste des petits ruminants (PPR) to conservation.

Add beer to the list of foods threatened by climate change

3 days ago from Sciencenews.org

Barley crops around the world will be threatened by drought and heat

Mouse shows potential as an animal model of decision-making

3 days ago from Science Daily

Mice can be used to study the neural circuits underlying complex decision-making, suggests an analysis of more than 500,000 mouse decisions.

Study points to possible new therapy for hearing loss

3 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have taken an important step toward what may become a new approach to restore the hearing loss. In a new study scientists have been able to regrow the sensory...

Los científicos confirman la existencia de una proteína que convierte la vibración sonora en señales eléctricas

3 days ago from C&EN

Este hallazgo podría ayudar en el tratamiento de la pérdida de audición.

Watch: 7-foot bull shark jumps into family's fishing boat

3 days ago from UPI

A fishing trip for an Australian father and his three sons took an unusual turn when a bull shark jumped directly into their boat.

Man Dies from Extremely Rare Disease After Eating Squirrel Brains

3 days ago from Live Science

A man in New York developed an extremely rare and fatal brain disorder after he ate squirrel brains, according to a new report of the case.

PPR virus poses threat to conservation

3 days ago from Physorg

A team of conservationists from the Royal Veterinary College, WCS, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna published a letter in this week's edition...

Potential benefits of wildlife-livestock coexistence in East Africa

3 days ago from Science Daily

A study of 3,588 square kilometers of privately owned land in central Kenya offers evidence that humans and their livestock can, in the right circumstances, share territory with zebras, giraffes,...

Biomaterials with 'Frankenstein proteins' help heal tissue

3 days ago from Science Daily

Biomedical engineers have demonstrated that, by injecting an elastic biomaterial made from ordered and disordered proteins, a scaffold can form that responds to temperature and easily integrates into tissue.

Molecular atlas of postnatal mouse heart development

3 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers mapped the postnatal changes in mouse myocardium on three omics levels and multiple time points, highlighting the importance of metabolic pathways as potential drug targets.