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December 2, 2015

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December 2, 2015

Dec. 1, 2015 — Falling oxygen levels caused by global warming could be a greater threat to the survival of life on planet Earth than flooding, according to new ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — Alginate forms a kind of supporting skeleton in the cell walls of certain kinds of algae. Scientists use the gel-like mass from Chilean seaweed as the substrate for stem cells. They can flexibly ... read more

Dead-Easy Test to Tackle Parasites

Nov. 30, 2015 — Science has a new weapon in the global war against parasitic worms that kill hundreds of thousands or people annually: xWORM. While testing various drugs, parasitologists spend interminable hours ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — The effectiveness of permethrin, an important mosquito-fighting insecticide, may be impaired by global warming, according to a recent study. People involved in mosquito-control efforts should take ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Results of a 15-year study of factors affecting populations of Eastern brook trout with climate change show high summer air temperatures have a large influence, in particular on the smallest fry and ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Researchers have found that many species of tarantulas have independently evolved the ability to grow blue hair using nanostructures in their exoskeletons, rather than pigments. The study is the ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Red, ripe tomatoes were dipped in 50 degree C hot water for 5 minutes or exposed to 5 degree C for 4 days to simulate consumer handling in food service or home kitchens. The results indicated that a ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Farmers who used pesticides that spared bees but sacrificed killed other insects might be ignoring important sources of crop pollination, according to an Australian-led international scientific ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Researchers are tapping information found in the cells of all life on Earth, and using it to trace life's ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Around 390 million years ago, the first vertebrate animals moved from water onto land, necessitating changes in their musculoskeletal systems to permit a terrestrial life. Forelimbs and hind limbs of ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A rare fossil from eastern North America of a dog-sized horned dinosaur has been identified by a scientist. The fossil provides evidence of an east-west divide in North American dinosaur ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — The DNA of red clover has been sequenced and assembled to help breeders improve the beneficial traits of this important forage crop. Red clover's chief benefits (alongside soil improvement) is ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Population growth rates of the microbes that live inside mammalian gastrointestinal tracts can now be accurately measured, according to a new method reported by a team of scientists for the first ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A new report warns of the potential for major negative impacts on fish and fish habitat caused by large hydroelectric dams, like that currently under evaluation through the Next Generation Hydro ... read more

Promising New Antimicrobials Could Fight Drug-Resistant MRSA Infection

Nov. 30, 2015 — A novel class of antimicrobials that inhibits the function of a key disease-causing component of bacteria could be effective in fighting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Researchers have observed an increase in body temperature of between two and four degrees in zebrafish, when these are subjected to stressful situations. This phenomenon is known as 'emotional ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Biologists have documented groups of bonobos performing complex actions to extract food -- a characteristic that has hitherto been regarded as an exclusive evolutionary advantage of archaic ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — The active ingredient in aspirin blocks an enzyme that triggers cell death in several neurodegenerative diseases. More potent forms of salicylic aspirin exist, which may provide treatments for these ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — CRISPR gene-editing is allowing rapid scientific advances in many fields, including human health and now it has been shown that crop research can also benefit from this latest exciting ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Fruit flies studies on mating compatibility have been examined to assess the usefulness of walk-in field cages in sexual behavior research within fruit fly species complexes and recognition of ... read more

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