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October 3, 2015

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October 3, 2015

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

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

Oct. 1, 2015 — As easy as it might seem, seeking new species among cultivated plants could be actually quite tricky. While looking into the undescribed orchid, known at the market as 'Big Pink', ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Recent research showed that silicon (Si) is an important nutrient enhancing the endurability of rice plants, however, what controls on Si availability in soils still remain poorly studied. ... read more

Many Young Fish Moving North With Adults as Climate Changes

Oct. 1, 2015 — Numerous studies in the Northeast US have shown that adult marine fish distributions are changing, but few studies have looked at the early life stages of those adult fish to see what is happening to ... read more

Accurate Timing of Migration Prolongs Life Expectancy in Pike

Oct. 1, 2015 — Animal migration is a spectacular phenomenon that has fascinated humans for long. It is widely assumed that appropriate timing of migratory events is crucial for survival, but the causes and ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have shown, for the first time, what happens when a frog's tongue makes contact with a surface. They discovered similarities to conventional adhesive tape. Like sticky tape, the ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers have succeeded in an effort to fundamentally improve carbohydrate analysis. With the new method, complex glycans, building blocks of life such as DNA and proteins, can now be sequenced. ... read more

Proof-of-Concept for Low-Cost Drug Made in Lettuce

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have used a plant-based system to make shelf-stable drugs. The researchers confirmed the viability of their method for FDA approval and human use, producing an effective drug that promotes ... read more

Known Fish Species Living in the Salish Sea Increases in New Report

Sep. 30, 2015 — A new report documents all of the fishes that live in the Salish Sea. In total, 253 fish species have been recorded, and that’s about 14 percent more than in the last ... read more

Researchers Show That Genetic Background Regulates Tumor Differences

Sep. 30, 2015 — Researchers have identified both similarities and differences between a single tumor type in multiple dogs breeds; a finding they believe parallels the situation in the cancer of human ... read more

Could 'The Martian's' Scientist Survive on Potatoes Alone?

Sep. 29, 2015 — In the movie "The Martian," the main character is stranded on Mars and must rely on his own super-science knowledge to survive. Because the crew had packed some potatoes for a Thanksgiving ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Many nematodes (worms) have specialized as pathogens, including those that serve as deadly insect-attacking parasites, making them effective biocontrol agents. Now a research team has sequenced the ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Can owls and loggers get along? A recent study conducted in Primorye in the southern Russian Far East suggests it's not only possible, but essential for endangered Blakiston's fish owls to ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Researchers studied seedling emergence and growth traits of three rare and threatened tree species in the Mariana Islands to determine the influences of light and storage on seed and seedling ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — An interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed a modeling algorithm that is able to identify genes associated with specific biological functions in plants. The modeling tool will help plant ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Microscopic roundworms (nematodes) live like maggots in bacon: They penetrate into the roots of beets, potatoes or soybeans and feed on plant cells, which are full of energy. But how they do it ... read more

Researchers Discover Key Link in Understanding Billion-Dollar Pests in Agriculture

Sep. 29, 2015 — Invisible to the naked eye, plant-parasitic nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture, causing billions in crop losses every year. Researchers have now found the first genetic evidence linking one ... read more

High Dietary Fiber Intake Linked to Health Promoting Short Chain Fatty Acids

Sep. 29, 2015 — Eating a lot of fiber-rich foods, such as fruit, vegetables, and legumes -- typical of a Mediterranean diet -- is linked to a rise in health promoting short chain fatty acids, finds ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — Non-native plants reduce the diversity of insect populations in gardens, even where the non-native plants are closely related to the native plants, new research shows. The goal of this research was ... read more

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