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S. Korea stem cell scandal official resigns

1 week ago from Physorg

A top South Korean technology official accused of covering up a notorious stem cell research fraud resigned Friday, a blow to new President Moon Jae-In.

North Korea Threatens Guam: Facts About the US Territory

1 week ago from Live Science

North Korea recently threatened the tiny U.S. territory of Guam, but what is the history of this island, and what is its strategic importance?

What algae can tell us about political strategy

1 week ago from Science Daily

Cells compete for nutrients. Political campaigns compete for voters. According to new research general principles may begin to explain how differing strategies play out where groups compete for resources.

Sea snakes lose their stripes to deal with pollution

1 week ago from News @ Nature

Melanin pigment in darkened skin binds to pollutants and helps animals rid themselves of chemicals.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22441

More frequent droughts may endanger ecosystem resiliency

1 week ago from Science Blog

In a new paper published in Nature, research assistant professor Christopher Schwalm of Northern Arizona University’s Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) shares the results of a study investigating...

Ants dominate waste management in tropical rainforests

1 week ago from Science Daily

A study has found that ants are responsible for moving more than half of food resources from the rainforest floor, playing a key role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

New study tracks nonnative plant species in timing of grassland green-up

1 week ago from Physorg

Gradual changes to when grassland plants turn green in the spring and fade in the fall, widely attributed to climate change, may arise due to different factors than previously thought,...

First circuit map of brain's learning and memory center

1 week ago from Science Daily

A significant development in understanding the brain: Scientists have, for the first time ever described the mushroom body connectome within the brain of fly larvae (Drosophila melanogaster) -- the circuit...

Parasites, Snails May Factor in Adirondack Moose Decline

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

The apparent declining moose population in New York 's Adirondack Mountains may be caused partly by tiny parasite-transmitting snails eaten by moose as they forage vegetation, according to new research...

Defining standards for genomes from uncultivated microorganisms

1 week ago from Science Daily

As genomic data production has ramped up over the past two decades and is being generated on various platforms around the world, scientists have worked together to establish definitions for...

Photos: These Mammal Ancestors Glided from Jurassic Trees

1 week ago from Live Science

Long before there were flying squirrels, ancient mammal-like animals glided from tree to tree.

Fruit fly mutation foretells 40 million years of evolution

1 week ago from Science Daily

Small, seemingly insignificant mutations in fruit flies may actually hold clues as to how a species will evolve tens of millions of years in the future.

Assembling nanomachines in bacteria

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers have used X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy to resolve the assembly of the export gate apparatus in Salmonella. The new details of this nanomachine are expected to clarify how...

Novel poxvirus threatens juvenile squirrels

1 week ago from Science Daily

A previously unknown poxvirus causes severe disease in European red squirrels from Germany. Molecular genetic investigations revealed a new virus species in the family of Poxviridae.

Sea urchins: From pest to plate

1 week ago from Science Daily

The genital gland of a sea urchin, the so-called gonad, is found inside the urchin. This organ stores nutrients, and contains milt and roe during the spawning season in spring....

Readers fascinated by critters’ strange biology

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Readers responded to fish lips, monkey brains, sunless tanner and more.

Proper eating habits can help young athletes on and off the field

1 week ago from Science Daily

How can parents help their student-athletes gain a competitive edge? By boning up on nutrition basics, say experts.

Feds probed anglers linked to shark-dragging but closed case last year

1 week ago from Physorg

Federal wildlife agents who last year investigated a group of Gulf coast anglers linked to a brutal shark-dragging video were foiled by uncooperative witnesses and an inability to confirm when...

Ticks are here to stay. But scientists are finding ways to outsmart them

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Researchers acknowledge that there’s no getting rid of ticks, so they are developing ways to make them less dangerous.

Insights into causes of miscarriages for some women revealed by mice study

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers have identified how natural killer cells in the mouse placenta can cause a fetus to fail to grow in the womb or cause miscarriages.

Family break-ups lead to domestic violence in fruit fly relationships

1 week ago from Physorg

Male fruit flies with strong family ties are less likely to become abusive during mating than others, according to new Oxford research.

DNA from unflushed poop leads police to burglary suspect

1 week ago from UPI

Authorities in California said they used DNA to identify a burglary suspect who "did his business and didn't flush" at the scene of the crime.

Demystifying the Black Box That Is AI

1 week ago from Scientific American

Humans are increasingly entrusting our security, health and safety to “black box” intelligent machines -- Read more on

New microfluidic chip boosts the sensitivity of immunoassays by >1000x

1 week ago from Physorg

Proteins are one of the most important classes of biomarkers – biological molecules indicative of a disease or health of an individual. The detection of proteins is critical in a...

Florida family finds snake living in attic for up to four years

1 week ago from UPI

A Florida man suspected there were rats in his family's attic but made a more surprising discovery -- a boa constrictor had been living in the home for years.

Increased floodlighting reducing bat populations in Sweden's churches

1 week ago from Physorg

(—A trio of researchers, two from Sweden and one from Spain has found that installing floodlighting around rural churches drives away roosting bats. In their paper published in Royal Society...

How to save zoos? Focus on education, conservation

1 week ago from Physorg

One of my earlier memories from my childhood is visiting the Frankfurt zoo in Germany. I watched several elephants in an indoor enclosure, and while they were huge and fascinating,...

How to kill fruit flies, according to a scientist

1 week ago from Physorg

As a researcher who works on fruit flies, I often get asked how to get them out of someone's kitchen. This happens to fly researchers often enough that we sit...