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Study provides genomic resources to help boost climate resilience of fisheries

2 weeks ago from Physorg

Candidate genes that could help fish to tolerate warmer and saltier water have been identified in new research from the Earlham Institute, potentially providing a vital resource to guide breeding...

Daily supplements of amino acid taurine slowed aging in study of lab mice

2 weeks ago from UPI

An amino acid found in meat, fish and energy drinks might be a key regulator of aging in animals, a new study suggests.

NY sues radical anti-abortion group to block members from clinics

2 weeks ago from UPI

New York is suing a radical anti-abortion organization to prevent its members from coming within 30 feet of any reproductive healthcare facility in the state.

New model offers a way to speed up drug discovery

2 weeks ago from Physorg

Huge libraries of drug compounds may hold potential treatments for a variety of diseases, such as cancer or heart disease. Ideally, scientists would like to experimentally test each of these...

Researchers create engineered human tissue to study mosquito bites, disease

2 weeks ago from Physorg

A UCF research team has engineered tissue with human cells that mosquitoes love to bite and feed upon—with the goal of helping fight deadly diseases transmitted by the biting insects.

First Saimaa ringed seals successfully translocated within Lake Saimaa in Finland

2 weeks ago from Physorg

In Finland, two adult Saimaa ringed seals were successfully translocated from Pihlajavesi basin to Kolovesi basin and to the southern part of Lake Saimaa in late May. The seals, known...

Mass spectrometry uncovers actions of protein 'glues'

2 weeks ago from Physorg

A screening technique commonly used in drug discovery can yield important details about the actions of molecular 'glues' in protein interactions.

Amino acid taurine can slow aging in animals, but we don't know if it works in people

2 weeks ago from Live Science

Experiments suggest that taurine, an unusual amino acid, can extend some animals' life spans, but it's unclear if it would work in humans.

Octopuses Redesign Their Own Brains When They Get Chilly

2 weeks ago from Scientific American

Hyperintelligent octopuses just got weirder, when scientists found they can recode their brains when temperatures change

Joran van der Sloot on way to United States from Peru to face extortion charges

2 weeks ago from UPI

FBI agents are taking Joran van der Sloot from his prison in Peru back to the United States on Thursday to face extortion charges in connection with the 2005 Natalee...

Curly hair kept early humans cool

2 weeks ago from Newswise - Scinews

Tightly curled scalp hair protected early humans from the sun's radiative heat, allowing their brains to grow to sizes comparable to those of modern humans. Loughborough University researchers in the...

Lingering effects of Neanderthal DNA found in modern humans

2 weeks ago from Newswise - Scinews

Recent scientific discoveries have shown that Neanderthal genes comprise some 1 to 4% of the genome of present-day humans whose ancestors migrated out of Africa, but the question remained open...

Gradual supported release of primates into the wild shown as effective

2 weeks ago from Newswise - Scinews

Gradually re-introducing primates into the wild with post-release support has, for the first time, been scientifically shown to improve their well-being.

Taurine slows aging in mice. Will it ever work for people?

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An ingredient common in energy drinks and baby formula makes mice healthier and extends their lifespans. It also appears to make worms live longer and improves the health of middle-aged monkeys, a large...

New study shows land mammals traveled farther during severe COVID-19 lockdowns

2 weeks ago from Physorg

Human behavior changed dramatically during lockdowns in the first months of the global COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in behavioral changes of land mammals. This is according to a study published in...

Animals given taurine supplements in ‘groundbreaking’ study had longer lifespans

2 weeks ago from PopSci

Depositphotos Taurine, the energy-boosting compound in some caffeinated beverages, may help you reach your golden years—if you’re a critter, anyway. A new animal study published today in Science claims that taurine supplements extended...

Ecologists highlight the invisible effects of human activity on nature

2 weeks ago from Physorg

Discussions at the recent COP15 biodiversity conference in Montréal highlighted once again the impact of human activities on wildlife. Many species are forced to migrate, are seeing their populations declining,...

Unlocking the blood-nerve barrier to facilitate drug delivery

2 weeks ago from Physorg

A UCL-led research team has opened and closed the blood-nerve barrier for the first time and used it to deliver drugs to target tissues.

Watch: Rattlesnake takes a swim in Arizona resident's pool

2 weeks ago from UPI

An Arizona snake wrangler called to capture a rattlesnake in a resident's back yard captured video of the moment the venomous reptile took a drink from the swimming pool and...

When Water Temperatures Change, the Molecular Motors of Cephalopods Do Too

2 weeks ago from Newswise - Scinews

Working with live squid hatchlings at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego scientists find the animals can tune their proteome on the fly in response to changes in ocean...

Scientists discover how plants fight major root disease

2 weeks ago from Physorg

Researchers led by Chen Yuhang and Zhou Jianmin from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have shown how plants resist clubroot, a major...

Long-term analysis finds seagull attacks contribute to death of southern right whale calves

2 weeks ago from Physorg

A small international team of marine scientists has found that a drop in southern right whale populations who spend part of their lives off the coast of Argentina, is due...

Complete chloroplast genomes clarify phylogenetic placement of six polygonatum species

2 weeks ago from Physorg

Polygonatum Miller is highly valued for its medicinal properties with the horizontal creeping fleshy roots. Previous studies have mainly focused on the size and gene content of the plastid genome,...

Sharks and humans sharing waters along California coast more often than previously thought

2 weeks ago from Physorg

A team of biologists at California State University Long Beach has found that sharks and humans are sharing the waters along California's shore much more often than previously thought. In...

Auliʻi Cravalho says her ‘Hailey’s On It’ character is brave, outspoken like Moana

2 weeks ago from UPI

Auliʻi Cravalho says the character she plays in the new Disney animated series, "Hailey's On It," shares some important characteristics with the iconic heroine she voiced in 2016's "Moana."

Illinois team finds reliable predictor of plant species persistence, coexistence

2 weeks ago from Newswise - Scinews

Plant biologist James O'Dwyer and graduate student Kenneth Jops report in Nature the development of a method that reliably predicts the complementary life histories of pairs of plants that manage...

RNA editing helps octopuses cope with the cold

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The ocean can be a cold place to call home. Mammals like seals stay warm by enveloping themselves in a layer of thick fur and blubber. Cephalopods — the group of (mostly)...

Night Sky stargazing app review

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Night Sky is a stargazing app built on ease of use and a sense of wonder.