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July 5, 2015

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July 5, 2015

July 3, 2015 — Scientists are one step closer to understanding how a normally harmless fungus changes to become a deadly infectious ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Why is the seahorse's tail square? An international team of researchers has found the answer and it could lead to building better robots and medical devices. In a nutshell, a tail made of ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Prions are fascinating, enigmatic, and might teach us not only about rare prion diseases like Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, mad cow disease, or scrapie, but also about other more common neurodgenerative ... read more

July 2, 2015 — An infestation of speck-sized Varroa destructor mites can wipe out an entire colony of honey bees in two to three years if left untreated. Pesticides help beekeepers rid their hives of these ... read more

July 2, 2015 — The first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome reveals extensive genetic changes that allowed mammoths to adapt Arctic life, including skin and hair development, insulin signaling, fat ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Researchers say farmland is a poor substitute for natural areas but simple improvements could make a difference to biodiversity ... read more

Digesting Bread and Pasta Can Release Biologically Active Molecules

July 2, 2015 — Biologically active molecules released by digesting bread and pasta can survive digestion and potentially pass through the gut lining, suggests new research. The study reveals the molecules released ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Emerald ash borers have no trouble reproducing themselves, as they have now spread through half the United States, but duplicating effective emerald ash borer decoys is not quite as easy. Now, ... read more

July 1, 2015 — The fearsome teeth of the saber-toothed cat Smilodon fatalis fully emerged at a later age than those of modern big cats, but grew at a rate about double that of their living relatives. The findings, ... read more

July 1, 2015 — As fireflies are delighting children across the country with their nighttime displays, scientists are closing in on a better understanding of how the insects produce their enchanting ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Widely hailed as 'green' sources of renewable energy, hydroelectric dams have been built worldwide at an unprecedented scale. But new research reveals that these major infrastructure ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Perhaps not the brightest of cephalopods, the California market squid (Doryteuthis opalescens) has amazing light-manipulating ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Scientists have peered into the eye-like structure of single-celled marine plankton called warnowiids and found it contains many of the components of a complex ... read more

July 1, 2015 — When it comes to communicating with each other, some cells may be more "old school" than was previously thought. Certain types of stem cells use microscopic, threadlike nanotubes to ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Scientists have revealed intermediate distribution of Caucasian populations of non-biting midges between Europe and Siberia. The received data could help in reconstructing the historical route of the ... read more

July 1, 2015 — An experiment originally designed to test the visual abilities of octopuses and cuttlefish has given researchers an unprecedented insight into the human ability to perceive polarized light -- the ... read more

June 30, 2015 — The world is built up of molecules that join together and form different building blocks. New software makes it easier to zoom right in to the individual ... read more

Location Isn't Everything but Timing Is for Certain Spawning Fish

June 30, 2015 — Each year, hundreds to thousands of fish aggregate at highly predictable times and locations to spawn, producing larvae that will spend at least a month in the plankton before settling to reef ... read more

June 30, 2015 — Researchers have produced cell-to-cell communication in baker's yeast -- a first step in learning to build multicellular organisms or artificial organs from ... read more

June 30, 2015 — The role of plant traits might be overestimated by biologists in studies on plant invasiveness. Anthropogenic factors such as whether the species was being cultivated proved to be more important. ... read more

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