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October 28, 2016

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October 28, 2016

Mitochondria Control Stem Cell Fate

Oct. 27, 2016 — If the powerhouse of the cell, mitochondria, is disrupted, stem cells in the gut suffer, researchers have discovered. The human intestinal system covers an area of approximately 300 to 500 square ... read more

New Warning Over Spread of Ash Dieback

Oct. 27, 2016 — The ash dieback fungus could spread more quickly and affect more trees than previously expected, according to research. Scientists have discovered that asexual spores of the ash dieback fungus ... read more

Study Finds Lack of Benefit of Cranberry in Reducing Urinary Tract Infections Among Older Women

Oct. 27, 2016 — Among older women residing in nursing homes, administration of cranberry capsules compared with placebo resulted in no significant difference in presence of bacteriuria plus pyuria (presence of ... read more

Oct. 27, 2016 — Crustaceans that thrive in the vastness of the open ocean have no place to hide from their predators. Consequently, many creatures that live at depths where sunlight fades to darkness have developed ... read more

Oct. 27, 2016 — Much of human health hinges on how well the body manufactures and uses energy. For reasons that remain unclear, cells' ability to produce energy declines with age, prompting scientists to ... read more

Oct. 27, 2016 — Global populations of vertebrates -- mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish -- have declined by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012, states a new report. Animals living in the world's ... read more

Neanderthals on Cold Steppes Also Ate Plants

Oct. 27, 2016 — Neanderthals in cold regions probably ate a lot more vegetable food than was previously thought, according to new research on ancient Neanderthal dental ... read more

Oct. 26, 2016 — Biologists recently used light-weight geolocation technology to follow a species of songbird on its 10,000-kilometer migration from the Middle East to sub-Saharan ... read more

Oct. 26, 2016 — A new immunotherapy technique has been developed that nearly eliminates the allergic response to peanut and egg white proteins in food-allergic mice, reducing the anaphylactic response by up to 90 ... read more

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

Oct. 26, 2016 — A new prototype of a lithium-sulphur battery -- which could have five times the energy density of a typical lithium-ion battery -- overcomes one of the key hurdles preventing their commercial ... 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

Space Travel Affects Spine of Astronauts, NASA Study Shows

Oct. 25, 2016 — How does space travel affect the spine? Astronauts on long missions in space have atrophy of the muscles supporting the spine—which don't return to normal even several weeks after their return ... read more

Scientists Root for More Cassava Research to Help Meet Greater Demand for Food

Oct. 25, 2016 — Global food demand is expected to grow by 110 per cent over the next 30 to 35 years, and for many of the poorest people on the planet, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, cassava is the most ... read more

Oct. 25, 2016 — Researchers have, for the first time, recorded how cells of the epidermis behave during the regrowth of adult limbs after amputation. The scientists carried out continuous live imaging of a ... read more

Study Reveals Which Genes Are Critical to a Plant's Response to Drought

Oct. 25, 2016 — Because plants cannot relocate when resources become scarce, they need to efficiently regulate their growth by responding to environmental cues. Drought is the most important cause of reduced plant ... read more

Oct. 25, 2016 — Why do social beings sometimes put their own common sense aside to follow the lead of others, even though by doing so they could be brought to death's door? Research on carpenter ants is the ... read more

Oct. 25, 2016 — A method to detect forest fires by using a new color index is currently under development. The index is based on methods for the vegetation classification and has been adapted to detect the ... read more

A FAAH Better Thing for Cannabis Users

Oct. 25, 2016 — Chronic cannabis users have reduced levels of an enzyme called fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). The enzyme has been considered for treatment for cannabis dependence because it breaks down ... read more

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