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October 26, 2016

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October 26, 2016

Mulberry Extract Activates Brown Fat, Shows Promise as Obesity Treatment

Oct. 26, 2016 — Good news for those who want to activate their brown fat (or BAT, brown adipose tissue) without having to be cold: New research suggests that a natural compound in mulberries, called ... read more

Oct. 26, 2016 — The idea of eating bugs has created a buzz lately in both foodie and international development circles as a more sustainable alternative to consuming meat and fish. Now a report examines how the ... read more

First-Time Reconstruction of Infectious Bat Influenza Viruses

Oct. 26, 2016 — All known Influenza A viruses originate from aquatic birds that serve as virus reservoirs in nature. Avian viruses can cause severe disease and may lead to devastating pandemics when introduced into ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Dogs are one of the most common household pets in the world, so it's curious that we know relatively little about their cognitive abilities when we know so much about the abilities of other ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — For many people, nanotechnology belongs in the realm of science fiction. Researchers have solved the mystery of the blue sheen on the leaves of some begonias and have found that their chloroplasts ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Scientists have reconstructed the ancient atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) record from about 300 million years ago. Their study reveals previously unknown fluctuations of atmospheric CO2 at levels ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Directed motion seems simple to us, but the coordinated interplay of complex processes is needed, even for seemingly simple crawling motions of worms or snails. By using a gel that periodically ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — A new publication on the bird-like dinosaur Avimimus, from the late-Cretaceous suggests they were gregarious, social animals -- evidence that flies in the face of the long-held mysticism surrounding ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — One of the most detailed genomic studies of any ecosystem to date has revealed an underground world of stunning microbial diversity, and added dozens of new branches to the tree of life. The ... read more

Active Agent from the Caribbean Sea Cucumber Could Improve Treatment for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Oct. 24, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a new option for treating malignant pleural mesothelioma. For the first time in the world, they were able to show in a preclinical study, both in the cell culture and in ... read more

Climate Change Driving Toad Disease from Fungus in Pyrenees

Oct. 23, 2016 — The effect of global warming on fungal disease in frogs and toads has been quantified by researchers for the first time, a new report ... read more

Measuring the Forces of Biology

Oct. 21, 2016 — Biology, at the nitty-gritty level of motor proteins, DNA, and microtubules, takes its cue from physics. But while much is known about the biological components that form such cellular stuctures, ... read more

Oct. 21, 2016 — Fish farms may hold the key to studying the impact of rising carbon dioxide on marine life, and help researchers understand if fish could adapt to climate ... read more

Oct. 21, 2016 — American ecologists have played a key role in a petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday seeking emergency Endangered Species Act protection for the Venus ... read more

Oct. 21, 2016 — For the first time, scientists have revealed the mechanics of how bacteria build up slimy masses, called biofilms, cell by cell. When encased in biofilms in the human body, bacteria are a thousand ... read more

Oct. 21, 2016 — Only a small share of Congolese villagers is the driving force behind most of the deforestation. They're not felling trees to feed their families, but to increase their quality of life. These ... read more

Oct. 21, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a potential way to create an antimicrobial drug that would stop one of the world’s most prevalent foodborne bugs causing gastroenteritis in ... read more

Oct. 21, 2016 — Scientists are hoping to study the genetics of an ultra-rare garden snail are asking the public for its help in finding the lonely mollusc a mate. The snail’s unique qualities make it a one in a ... read more

Green Pesticide to Get Rid of Apple Snails

Oct. 21, 2016 — Researchers have succeeded in creating a green technology that is an environmental-friendly poisonous pesticide to kill apple snails that have been destroying agricultural produce, especially rice ... read more

Oct. 21, 2016 — A novel nanotool has been developed that provides an easy means of characterizing the mechanical properties of ... read more

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