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Soil bacteria found to produce mosquito repelling chemical stronger than DEET

6 days ago from Physorg

A trio of researchers at the University of Wisconsin has discovered that a common soil bacterium produces a chemical that is more effective in repelling mosquitoes than DEET. In their...

Small Terrapin Outsmarts Young Lion in Wild Video

6 days ago from Live Science

Who will win this lopsided battle?

Biologists take action to save dwindling caribou population

Biologists are attempting to round up the remaining animals and breed them.

AI-powered genomic analysis reveals unknown human ancestor

6 days ago from UPI

Using a combination of deep learning algorithms and statistical techniques, researchers identified an unknown human ancestor hiding in the modern human genome.

Anti-Vaccine Movement Joins Ebola, Drug Resistance on List of Top Global Threats

6 days ago from Live Science

The World Health Organization has listed the anti-vaccine movement as a top global health threat in 2019.

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

6 days ago from LA Times - Science

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....

Bitter Reality: Most Wild Coffee Species Risk Extinction Worldwide

6 days ago from Scientific American

Researchers surveyed the world’s 124 coffee species and found more than half are threatened -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

This rediscovered Bolivian frog species survived deadly chytrid fungus

6 days ago from Sciencenews.org

Scientists recently rediscovered a frog species in Bolivia that hasn’t been seen in 10 years — and it could be used to better understand a frog-killing fungus.

Why do egg whites turn white when you cook them?

6 days ago from Physorg

When you crack open a raw egg, the egg white isn't white at all—it's more like a clear jelly. So why does it turn white when you cook it? Does...

Researchers uncover a group of introns in yeast that possess surprising stability and function

6 days ago from Physorg

A research team from Whitehead Institute has uncovered a surprising and previously unrecognized role for introns, the parts of genes that lack the instructions for making proteins and are typically...

Fruit fly promiscuity alters the evolutionary forces on males

6 days ago from Physorg

Results, published in Nature Communications, have shown that the nature of the evolutionary forces which act on male fruit flies depend on how many mates a females has.

Penguins, starfish, whales: Which animals will win and lose in a warming Antarctic?

6 days ago from Physorg

Marine Antarctic animals closely associated with sea ice for food or breeding, such the humpback whale and emperor penguin, are most at risk from the predicted effects of climate change,...

The coffees you've never heard of which face extinction

Of 124 coffees in the world, we only drink two, but we need to protect all of them, say scientists.

Vampire bat venom could hold key to new medical treatments

1 week ago from Science Daily

Vampire bats could hold the key to new treatments for a range of serious medical problems, but researchers have hit a snag accessing the specimens needed to advance their work....

Experimental treatment approach shows potential against Staphylococcus aureus

1 week ago from Science Daily

A new class of engineered proteins may counter infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus -- a bacterial species considered one of the largest global health threats, a new study suggests.

Those Tiny Cotton Sprouts China Grew on the Moon? They’re Dead Now

1 week ago from Live Science

China managed to grow some tiny cotton sprouts on the moon, but it killed them. Here's how.

Marine mammals and sea turtles recovering after Endangered Species Act protection

1 week ago from Science Daily

More than three-quarters of marine mammal and sea turtle populations have significantly increased after listing of the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a new study.

FDA prepares for huge growth in cell and gene therapy

1 week ago from C&EN

The agency anticipates hundreds of new applications for cell and gene therapy in coming years

Ozaena ground beetles likely parasitize ants throughout their life cycle

1 week ago from Science Daily

Ozaena ground beetles likely have anatomical adaptations enabling them to parasitize ant nests throughout their life cycle, according to a new study.

60 percent of coffee varieties face 'extinction risk'

1 week ago from Physorg

Three in five species of wild coffee are at risk of extinction as a deadly mix of climate change, disease and deforestation puts the future of the world's favourite beverage...

Romeo and Juliet: the last hopes to save Bolivian aquatic frog

1 week ago from Physorg

Almost a year after conservationists sent out a plea to help save a species of Bolivian aquatic frog by finding a mate for the last remaining member, Romeo, his very...

Mechanism helps explain the ear's exquisite sensitivity

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers have decoded the way structures in the inner ear give our hearing its remarkable sensitivity and selectivity.

Fighting the crave for fattening food? Just surround yourself in its scent

1 week ago from Science Daily

A new study proves one sense can compensate another.

Jellyfish map could be the future to protecting UK waters and fish

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a map of chemicals found in jellyfish caught across 1 million square kilometers of UK waters. The same chemicals are found in other marine animals such as...

Schizophrenia may be linked to a genetic mutation in childhood

1 week ago from UPI

Schizophrenia may come from a structural abnormality caused by a genetic mutation in the brain during childhood, a study says.

Arnold Arboretum’s role as a living lab grows as environmental issues mount

1 week ago from Harvard Science

Andrew Groover celebrates the complexity of trees, and makes it his life’s work to unlock how they adapt to their environments. It’s knowledge that’s critical for the U.S. Forest Service research geneticist —...

Engineered E. coli scavenges excess ammonia in the gut

1 week ago from C&EN

Synlogic’s therapeutic bacterium passes Phase I trial

Bacterial compounds may be as good as DEET at repelling mosquitoes

1 week ago from Sciencenews.org

A bacterium’s metabolic by-products are as effective as DEET in deterring Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.