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November 26, 2015

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November 26, 2015

Nanoparticles Simplify DNA Identification and Quantification

Nov. 25, 2015 — Researchers have been aiming to improving the speed and accuracy of current diagnostics for veterinary ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new Lower Paleolithic elephant butchering site has been discovered in Megalopolis, Greece. The site has yielded stratified stone artifacts in association with a nearly complete skeleton of Elephas ... read more

Angler Education Can Benefit Sharks

Nov. 25, 2015 — Fisher education can help protect vulnerable shark populations, a new study has found. The research showed that recreational anglers were more supportive of shark management and conservation if they ... read more

Winter Season Reverses Outcome of Fruit Fly Reproduction

Nov. 24, 2015 — Male fruit flies could find their chances of fathering offspring radically reduced if they are last in the queue to mate with promiscuous females before winter arrives, according to new ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Researchers report for the first time that the 'living' bridges army ants of the species Eciton hamatum build with their bodies are more sophisticated than scientists knew. The ants ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Against voracious beetles or caterpillars, plants protect themselves with cyanide. Certain enzymes release the toxic substance when the plant is chewed. These HNL-called enzymes are also important ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Don't have room for dessert? The bacteria in your gut may be telling you something. Twenty minutes after a meal, gut microbes produce proteins that can suppress food intake in animals, reports a ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Biologists have succeeded in inducing one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of flatworm without altering genomic sequence. The work reveals physiological ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — A 'dinosaur' fossil originally discovered on Prince Edward Island, Canada, has been shown to have steak knife-like teeth, and researchers have changed its name to Dimetrodon borealis -- ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — An exciting advance provides hope for developing novel potential method of treating pneumococcal diseases such as bacterial pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia. A team of researchers uses a ... read more

Corn Snake Genome Sequenced for the First Time

Nov. 24, 2015 — Among the 5,000 existing species of mammals, more than 100 have their genome sequenced, whereas the genomes of only 9 species of reptiles (among 10,000 species) are available to the scientific ... read more

Understanding the Fruit Fly's Nose

Nov. 24, 2015 — New work on the fruit fly's sense of smell uses an interdisciplinary approach to learn how chemical signals control the behavior of insects. Understanding molecular mechanisms of the ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Using a groundbreaking gene editing technique, scientists have created a strain of mosquitoes capable of rapidly introducing malaria-blocking genes into a mosquito population through its progeny, ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Bioart ranges from bacterial manipulation to glowing rabbits, cellular sculptures, and -- in the case of artist Nina Sellars -- documentation of an ear prosthetic that was implanted onto fellow ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — If Pleistocene megafauna -- mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and others -- had not become extinct, humans might not be eating pumpkin pie and squash for the holidays, according to an international ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Genomic analysis of ancient human remains identifies specific genes that changed during and after the transition in Europe from hunting and gathering to farming about 8,500 years ago. Many of the ... read more

New Supercomputer Simulations Enhance Understanding of Protein Motion, Function

Nov. 23, 2015 — Supercomputing simulations could change how researchers understand the internal motions of proteins that play functional, structural and regulatory roles in all living organisms, say scientists in a ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — After a decade of battling the highly destructive citrus greening bacterium, researchers have developed genetically modified citrus trees that show enhanced resistance to greening, and have the ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Scientists are warning of the risks that seismic surveys may pose to sea turtles. Widely used in marine oil and gas exploration, seismic surveys use airguns to produce sound waves that penetrate the ... read more

Beavers Restore Dead Wood in Boreal Forests

Nov. 23, 2015 — Beavers create significant amounts of dead wood into the lowland shore forests of boreal wetlands, research shows. Particularly snags and deciduous dead wood are formed through the beavers' ... read more

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