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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

Cell Growth: Protein Reactions Identified With Subatomic Resolution

Oct. 6, 2015 — Using subatomic resolution, researchers have gained insights into the dynamic modus operandi of two switch proteins which are responsible for the import of compounds into the nucleus and for cell ... read more

Using, Sharing, New Technologies Is Key for Conservation

Oct. 5, 2015 — Scientists estimate that we are losing species at 1,000 times the natural background rate. New technologies are improving conservation efforts by making it easier, faster, and cheaper to monitor ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has decided to award the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi ?mura for their discoveries ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Three new species of trombiculid mites, also known as 'chiggers,' have been discovered in Taiwan, according to a new paper. Chiggers are tiny mites that feed on skin in the larval stage. ... read more

Wild Plants Call to Carnivores to Get Rid of Pests; Could Crops Do the Same?

Oct. 5, 2015 — Rose gardeners have a lot to say about aphids. Some may advise insecticides as a way to manage an infestation, but others will swear by live ladybugs. The latter is more environmental friendly, and ... read more

Trade in Invasive Plants Is Blossoming

Oct. 3, 2015 — Every day, hundreds of different plant species -- many of them listed as invasive -- are traded online worldwide on auction platforms. This exacerbates the problem of uncontrollable biological ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Research into a vast bone bed in western Montana has yielded the most complete life history of any dinosaur ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Scientists have compared the diets of two caterpillar species, expecting the one that exclusively consumed plants containing toxic chemicals would more easily incorporate toxins into its body than ... read more

Pathogen-Carrying Neotropical Ticks Ride Migratory Birds Into US

Oct. 2, 2015 — Tick species not normally present in the United States are arriving here on migratory birds. Some of these ticks carry disease-causing Ricksettia species, and some of those species are exotic to the ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — As the largest animals to have ever lived on Earth, blue whales maintain their enormous body size through efficient foraging strategies that optimize the energy they gain from the krill they eat, ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Scientists have gained new insight into the formation of the spindle, which is the molecular machine that divides up genetic material prior to cell division. Their work focuses on the motor protein, ... read more

Researchers Design 'Biological Flashlight' Using Light-Producing Ability of Shrimp

Oct. 2, 2015 — Researchers describe the design and engineering of the new bioluminescent imaging tool called the “LumiFluor” in a new report. Using the natural light-producing ability of deep-sea shrimp, the ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Researchers recently described three new species of Acanthiophilus, a genus of fruit flies that infest plants of the tribe Cardueae (thistles) within the family Asteraceae. Members of this genus live ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — A novel micro-technology, which captures the electrical power generated by the photosynthesis and respiration of blue-green algae, has been created by ... read more

Studying Cardiac Arrhythmias in Nematodes

Oct. 2, 2015 — A simple model using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has been developed that can be used to test substances for treating genetically-mediated cardiac arrhythmias. They used the nematode feeding ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — A new study has identified a number of genes that are repressed at various time points after memory formation, providing important clues as to how long-term memories are ... read more

Genetic Mutations Linked to a Form of Blindness

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have identified two naturally occurring genetic mutations in dogs that result in achromatopsia, a form of blindness. One of the most promising avenues for developing a cure, however, is ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — White-nose syndrome, an invasive skin infection caused by the Pseudogymnoascus destructans fungus has killed millions of bats since it was first seen in North America in 2007. A analysis of gene ... read more

Tugs and Pulls: How a Molecular Motor Untangles Protein

Oct. 1, 2015 — E. coli ClpB is a bacterial enzyme that untangles proteins. Such tangles are hallmarks of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. A study now offers new insight on this ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Variability, such as that seen in movement, is essential both for normal behavior and for longer-term evolution, scientists suggest. Their animal study shows sensory feedback increases the range of ... read more

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