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July 6, 2015

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July 6, 2015

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

Organization of North America's Bird Species: List Updated

July 2, 2015 — Biologists have made several major updates to the organization of the North America's bird species. The updated work groups birds into genera, families, and orders based on their evolutionary ... read more

Latent Virus and Life Expectancy

July 2, 2015 — Molecular, cellular and clinical changes that arise from an infection with a latent virus can result in a decrease in ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A newly discovered, 48-million-year-old fossil, known as a 'Jesus lizard' for its ability to walk on water, may provide insight into how climate change may affect tropical ... 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 — 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

Charcoaling Manure, Greening Neighborhoods in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

July 1, 2015 — Chesapeake Bay bears a heavy pollution burden from the growing metropolitan centers and vibrant agricultural activity in the watershed. Nitrogen and phosphorus draining from farm fields, livestock ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Failing to find a mating partner is a dent to the reproductive prospects of any animal, but in the flatworm species Macrostomum hystrix it might involve a real headache. Zoologists have discovered ... 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

June 30, 2015 — The number of plant species growing just next to restored streams can take up to 25 years to increase above those channelized during the timber floating era, research ... read more

Nation's Weather Radar Network Used to Track Bird Migration at Night

June 30, 2015 — Using the nation's weather radar network, two doctoral students have developed a technique for forecasting something other than the weather: the orientation behavior of birds as they migrate ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Three-dimensional imaging of plant branching structures is allowing researchers to see how exactly their internal tissues respond under stress, giving new insights into the design of potential new ... 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 — A doctoral candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology is trying to determine how what happens underground, at the root level, can enhance habitat restoration effots. The research focus is on ... 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

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