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Apr. 26, 2017 — New research shows that the invasive European paper wasp, Polistes dominulus, plays a role in facilitating sour rot disease in the absence of other ... read more

Can Aromatherapy Calm Competition Horses?

Apr. 26, 2017 — Although studies suggest that inhaling certain scents may reduce stress in humans, aromatherapy is relatively unexplored in veterinary medicine. But new research raises the question of whether ... read more

Synthetic Two-Sided Gecko's Foot Could Enable Underwater Robotics

Apr. 26, 2017 — Geckos are well known for effortlessly scrambling up walls and upside down across ceilings. Even in slippery rain forests, the lizards maintain their grip. Now scientists have created a double-sided ... read more

Apr. 26, 2017 — Biologists have provided the first evidence that a widely used pesticide can significantly impair the ability of otherwise healthy honey bees to fly. The study, which employed a bee “flight ... read more

Urbanization Costs Five Billion Years of Evolutionary History

Apr. 26, 2017 — All over the globe, the urbanization of landscapes is increasing. 60% of the land surface which is expected to be urban by 2030 is currently not built on at all. How this will impact on biological ... read more

Apr. 26, 2017 — For species where both parents work together to raise their offspring, cooperation is key. A new study shows how pairs of Common Murres update each other on their condition so that when one partner ... read more

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Imbalanced Microbiome

Apr. 26, 2017 — Abnormal levels of specific gut bacteria are related to chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME/CFS, in patients with and without concurrent irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, ... read more

Apr. 26, 2017 — Being first in a new ecosystem provides major advantages for pioneering species, but the benefits may depend on just how competitive later-arriving species are. That is among the conclusions in a new ... read more

Larger Schooling Fish Found to Have Stronger Attraction Forces

Apr. 26, 2017 — In schooling fish, collective movement emerges as a result of multiple social interactions between individuals. In a new study, larger individuals have been found to display stronger attraction ... read more

The Clever Cell: Molecular Mechanism Inhibits the Swarming Motility of Bacterial Populations

Apr. 26, 2017 — A biological chemistry working group has decoded a molecular mechanism that inhibits the swarming motility of bacterial ... read more

Apr. 26, 2017 — Newborn humpback whales 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid being overheard by killer whales, researchers have discovered. The recordings were the first obtained from tags directly attached ... read more

With Synthetic Mucus, Researchers Take Aim at Antibiotic Resistance

Apr. 25, 2017 — The human body produces about a gallon of mucus per day. By studying and replicating mucus’ natural ability to control pathogenic bacteria, scientists hope to find new methods for combatting ... read more

Apr. 25, 2017 — A dark slithering creature four feet long that dwells in the foul mud of a remote lagoon in the Philippines has been discovered by researchers. They say studying the animal, a giant shipworm with ... read more

Apr. 25, 2017 — Scientists used images from satellites and flyovers to count the number of small boats, or pangas, to find that fishing in Gulf of California, which separates Baja California and mainland Mexico, is ... read more

Apr. 25, 2017 — Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are not in better environmental shape than the rest of the ... read more

Apr. 25, 2017 — A new study indicates that the number of plant and animal species at risk of extinction may be considerably higher than previously thought. A team of researchers, however, believe they've come ... read more

'Diet' Products Can Make You Fat, Study Shows

Apr. 25, 2017 — High-fat foods are often the primary target when fighting obesity, but sugar-laden 'diet' foods could be contributing to unwanted weight gain as ... read more

Fighting Infections With a Silver Sword

Apr. 25, 2017 — Silver has been used to fight infections since ancient times. Today, researchers are using sophisticated techniques such as the gene-editing platform Crispr-Cas9 to take a closer look at how silver ... read more

No Biochar Benefit for Temperate Zone Crops, Says New Report

Apr. 25, 2017 — Scientists believe that biochar, the partially burned remains of plants, has been used as fertilizer for at least 2,000 years in the Amazon Basin. Since initial studies published several years ago ... read more

Apr. 25, 2017 — Researchers have achieved a significant milestone in the effort to understand pathogens responsible for some of the world’s most deadly infectious ... read more

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