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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Feb. 11, 2016 — Researchers have discovered how cells in the human body build their own ‘railway networks’, throwing light on how diseases such as bowel cancer work. The microtubule tracks are vital for ... read more

Remember Where You're Going? How Scent Helps

Feb. 10, 2016 — In bloodhounds and neutrophils, getting the scent is not enough. Dogs and immune cells have to remember the chemoattractant they are pursuing, even when it momentarily fades out or threatens to ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — DNA is unwound by a type of “pumpjack” mechanism, similar to the way one operates on an oil rig, a team of scientists suggests. This finding is based on new close-up images of the proteins that ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — One in two tree species in the Amazon could be endangered. Experts have revealed that, according to the predicted deforestation scenarios, 36% to 57% of Amazonian species are at risk of disappearing, ... read more

Chemical Cages: New Technique Advances Synthetic Biology

Feb. 10, 2016 — A clever means of localizing and confining enzymes and the substrate molecules they bind with has been presented by researchers, speeding up reactions essential for life ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Working in partnership with Aboriginal traditional owners of the Camooweal region in north-west Queensland, the Indjalandji-Dhidhanu People, researchers have developed a method of extracting ... read more

Common Gene Variant Influences Food Choices ... for Better or Worse

Feb. 9, 2016 — Scientists have recently discovered that for girls who are carriers of a particular gene variant (DRD4 VNTR with 7 repeats), the crucial element that influences a child's fat intake is not the ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Swedish researchers have produced the world's first model car with a roof and battery made from wood-based carbon fiber -- a lightweight and renewable alternative to metals and other ... read more

An Artificial Diet May Make It Easier to Rear Insects

Feb. 9, 2016 — Raising insects for research can be difficult because members of many species are picky eaters, but entomologists have found a solution for rearing moths and possibly other ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Bombus occidentalis used to be the most common bumble bee species in the Pacific Northwest, but in the mid 1990s it became one of the rarest. Now, according to a new article it may be making a ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Ecological epigenetics has now been further advanced thanks, to the development of a new research technique. Epigenetic research has grown immensely as a field of research all across the world. In ... read more

Modeling Robust Use of Pesticides

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers propose adaptive control techniques to model pest dynamics and management as a control system. As population growth, greater food consumption, competition for land use, and climate change ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Diatoms are single-celled algae organisms, around 30 to 100 millionths of a meter in diameter, that are ubiquitous throughout the oceans. These creatures are encased within a hard shell shaped like a ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — A team of scientists has discovered the purpose of a highly conserved genetic tool that is present in both mosses and flowering plants, organisms whose common ancestor dates back 450 million years. ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Many populations of African animal species have dramatically decreased or already disappeared altogether. A team of European researchers has now predicted hunting pressure for the Congo Basin and ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Australia's Nullarbor Plain is one of the driest landscapes in the country, but new research suggests it was once forest that received up to four times as much rain as it gets ... read more

Barley Helps Improve Blood Sugar Levels, Reduce Appetite

Feb. 9, 2016 — Barley can rapidly improve people's health by reducing blood sugar levels and the risk for diabetes, a recent study shows. The secret lies in the special mixture of dietary fibers found in ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — For more than 70 years, fossilized arthropods from Quercy, France, were almost completely neglected because they appeared to be poorly preserved. Experts have now been able to X-ray the ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers have shown that chimpanzees infected with toxoplasmosis are attracted by the urine of their natural predators, leopards, but not by urine from other large felines. The study suggests that ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Scientists have been trying to figure out how it is possible for bacteria to perceive light and react to it ever since they started using microscopes 300 years ago. Scientists have now solved this ... read more

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