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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Social Animals Seek out the Company of Others Because Their Brains Are Wired to Find It Rewarding

Feb. 11, 2016 — Social animals are strongly motivated to seek out the company of others, especially after periods of isolation, because their brains are wired to find it rewarding. A study now reveals a neural ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — Almost all of our genes may be influenced by the food we eat, suggests new research. The study, carried out in yeast -- which can be used to model some of the body's fundamental processes -- ... read more

Remember Where You're Going? How Scent Helps

Feb. 10, 2016 — In bloodhounds and neutrophils, getting the scent is not enough. Dogs and immune cells have to remember the chemoattractant they are pursuing, even when it momentarily fades out or threatens to ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — DNA is unwound by a type of “pumpjack” mechanism, similar to the way one operates on an oil rig, a team of scientists suggests. This finding is based on new close-up images of the proteins that ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — A geologic event known as diking can cause strong earthquakes -- with a magnitude between 6 and 7, according to an international research team. Diking can occur all over the world but most often ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — The human fingertip is a finely tuned sensory machine, and even slight touches convey a great deal of information about our physical environment. It turns out, some fish use their pectoral fins in ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Boxer Muhammad Ali famously declared his intent to 'float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,' but perhaps boxers should look to another type of insect for inspiration: the trap-jaw ant. ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Understanding the complex geological processes that form supervolcanoes could ultimately help geologists determine what triggers their eruptions. A new study using an advanced computer model casts ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Chicago's history of industrialization and urbanization left its mark on the soil. Soil acts as a sponge, and can host contaminants for years. In Chicago, the waste from industrial manufacturing ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — A 10-year collaborative project has discovered how the Atlantic molly is able to live in toxic hydrogen sulfide water. These fish live in caves and springs throughout Mexico and thrive in water so ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — A research project has tested the hypothesis that Asian common toad populations across Southeast Asia are genetically similar owing to their commensal nature and high dispersive ability. To the ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — The ocean's power to rein in carbon and protect the environment is vast but not well-understood. But now, an international team of scientists has begun to illuminate how the ocean plucks carbon ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Radical ways of removing CO2 from the atmosphere could prove to be a risky business -- according to an environmental scientist. Techniques put forward include growing crops to be burned in power ... read more

A New Method Furthers Understanding of Evolutionary Genetics

Feb. 10, 2016 — The ultimate goal of evolutionary biology is to understand how mutations in DNA shape the growth and behavior of all living things. Standard research tools facilitate genetic studies of closely ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — A scientific breakthrough gives researchers access to the blueprint of thousands of molecules of great relevance to medicine and biology. The novel technique, opens up an easy way to determine the ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — The whooping crane, with its snowy white plumage and trumpeting call, is one of the most beloved American birds, and one of the most endangered. As captive-raised cranes are re-introduced in ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — One in two tree species in the Amazon could be endangered. Experts have revealed that, according to the predicted deforestation scenarios, 36% to 57% of Amazonian species are at risk of disappearing, ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — A bed of fossilized, methane dependent clams has for the first time been observed in the high Arctic. It tells the story of a thousand year long methane release ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — The Roman Emperors used to spend their summers in the city of Baia, near Naples. With the passage of time, however, the majority of their luxury villas became immersed under water. Italian and ... read more

Chemical Cages: New Technique Advances Synthetic Biology

Feb. 10, 2016 — A clever means of localizing and confining enzymes and the substrate molecules they bind with has been presented by researchers, speeding up reactions essential for life ... read more

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