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July 2, 2015

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July 2, 2015

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 — 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 — 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

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

June 30, 2015 — While studying Yersinia pestis, the bacteria responsible for epidemics of plague such as the Black Death, scientists found a single small genetic change that fundamentally influenced the evolution of ... read more

Recreational Fish-Catch Data Can Help Save Money in Monitoring Invasive Largemouth Bass

June 30, 2015 — Largemouth bass are native to North America, but they have been distributed worldwide for recreational fishing. When they’re in waters outside North America, largemouth bass can cause declines in ... read more

Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Are More Widespread Than Ever, and Spreading

June 30, 2015 — Scientists behind the first global distribution maps of two species of dengue and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes warn they are spreading to new areas where they could cause ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Trees that can tolerate soil pollution are also better at defending themselves against pests and pathogens. 'It looks like the very act of tolerating chemical pollution may give trees an ... read more

June 29, 2015 — The brown marmorated stink bug has a bad reputation. Every summer, this pest attacks crops and invades homes, causing both sizable economic losses and a messy, smelly nuisance. A new study by ... read more

Understanding Why Animals Are Healthy Offers Path to Precision Medicine

June 29, 2015 — Researchers have identified a mechanism that explains why some mutations can be disease-causing in one genome but benign in another. The researchers compared thousands of human disease-causing ... read more

June 29, 2015 — A team of biologists has identified a key mechanism plants use to decide when to release their floral scents to attract pollinators. Their findings connect the production and release of these ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Laboratories that test chemicals for neurological toxicity could reduce their use of laboratory mice and rats by replacing these animal models with tiny aquatic flatworms known as freshwater ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Chemists have demonstrated that creating bacterial 'fight clubs' is an effective way to discover natural molecules with the potential to become new drugs. The "fight club" ... read more

Soil Water, Microbes Influence Carbon in World's Coldest Desert, Study Finds

June 29, 2015 — Soil water and microbes' respiration contribute to fluctuations of carbon dioxide in the world's coldest desert, where climate change is expected to increase underground moisture and ... read more

Pesticide Study Shows That Sexual Conflict Can Maintain Genetic Variation

June 29, 2015 — The sexually antagonistic gene for resistance to the pesticide DDT, which increases fitness in female flies but simultaneously decreases fitness in male flies, helps to maintain genetic variation, ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Marine reserves are fundamental tools for the conservation of worldwide marine biodiversity. The analysis of both genetic and demographic structures of some habitat-forming species, for example the ... read more

June 27, 2015 — New scientific research could help to protect tigers (Panthera tigris) from extinction. The findings indicate that tigers should be classified as only two subspecies – up to now nine subspecies ... read more

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