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May 24, 2015

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May 21, 2015 — Despite a billion years of evolution separating humans from the baker's yeast in their refrigerators, hundreds of genes from an ancestor that the two species have in common live on nearly ... read more

May 21, 2015 — A broad and strikingly inexpensive method for synthesizing "amines," a class of organic compounds prominent in drugs and other modern products, has been discovered by a group of chemists. ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Ocean microbes are vital to the Earth's ecosystems, and their interactions with ocean viruses can have dramatic effects on processes ranging from oxygen production to food supply. Marine ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Astronomers have spent decades trying to determine the oddball behavior of an aging star nicknamed "Nasty 1" residing in our Milky Way galaxy. Looking at the star using NASA's Hubble ... read more

May 21, 2015 — A comprehensive genetic study of American black bears throughout North America has been completed by scientists. They discovered that black bears in Alaska are more closely related to bears in the ... read more

May 21, 2015 — A certain type of soil bacteria can use their social behavior of outer membrane exchange to repair damaged cells and improve the fitness of the bacteria population as a whole, new research ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Exposure to fine particulate air pollution during pregnancy through the first two years of the child's life may be associated with an increased risk of a child developing autism spectrum ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a new species of fossil in England -- and identified it as an ancient parasitic intruder. The fossil species -- a 'tongue worm', which has a worm-like body and a ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Stem cell scientists can now directly convert adult human blood cells to both central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) neurons as well as neurons in the peripheral nervous system (rest of the ... read more

May 21, 2015 — A new study finds the toxin in a widely used genetically modified (GM) crop is having little impact on the crop pest corn earworm -- which is consistent with predictions made almost 20 years ago that ... read more

May 21, 2015 — The advice, whether from Shakespeare or a modern self-help guru, is common: Be true to yourself. New research suggests that this drive for authenticity -- living in accordance with our sense of self, ... read more

May 21, 2015 — New research shows that infections can impair your cognitive ability measured on an IQ scale. The study is the largest of its kind to date, and it shows a clear correlation between infection levels ... read more

May 21, 2015 — The 'sailing' stones of Death Valley in California are famous for apparently moving by themselves, with the phenomenon not being exclusive to this North American desert but also occurring ... read more

May 21, 2015 — One of the best-known Danish Bronze Age finds, the Egtved Girl from 1370 BC, was not born in Egtved, Denmark, reveals new research. Strontium isotope analyses of the girl's hair, teeth and nails ... read more

May 21, 2015 — A new study analyzes the required climate policy actions and targets in order to limit future global temperature rise to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100. This level is supported by more than ... read more

May 21, 2015 — A cartwheeling spider, a bird-like dinosaur and a fish that wriggles around on the sea floor to create a circular nesting site are among the species identified as the Top 10 New Species for 2015. Two ... read more

May 20, 2015 — The skin of the California two-spot octopus can sense light even without input from the central nervous system. The animal does so by using the same family of light-sensitive proteins called opsins ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Astronomers have caught a greedy galaxy gobbling on its neighbors and leaving crumbs of evidence about its dietary ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analyzing over 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries. The findings also reveal that ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Biologists have expressed cautious optimism about a possible treatment for White-nose Syndrome (WNS). They have now released bats that had WNS last fall but were successfully treated during a field ... read more

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