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July 25, 2016

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July 25, 2016

Human 'Super Predator' More Terrifying Than Bears, Wolves and Dogs

July 25, 2016 — Bears, wolves and other large carnivores are frightening beasts but the fear they inspire in their prey pales in comparison to that caused by the human 'super predator.' A new study ... read more

July 25, 2016 — The precise mechanisms involved in tomato softening have remained a mystery until now. Research has identified a gene that encodes an enzyme which plays a crucial role in controlling softening of the ... read more

Genes Find Their Partners Without Matchmakers

July 22, 2016 — A new study provides more evidence that identical sections of DNA can match up with each other without the help of other ... read more

A 'Smart Dress' for Oil-Degrading Bacteria

July 22, 2016 — The modified polyelectrolyte-magnetite nanocoating was applied to functionalize the cell walls of oil decomposing bacteria Alcanivorax ... read more

Can't See the Wood for the Climbers: Vines Threatening Tropical Forests

July 22, 2016 — Woody climbing vines, known as lianas, are preventing tropical forests from recovering and are hampering the ability of forests to store carbon, scientists are warning. Instead of taking decades to ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Ecologists are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge. In a new paper, they describe how macroecology—the study of ecological patterns and processes ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Scientists have mathematically modeled the coevolutionary processes that describe how antibodies and viruses interact and adapt to one another over the course of a chronic infection, such as ... read more

July 21, 2016 — A new study of the gut microbiomes of humans, chimps, bonobos and gorillas shows that at least two major groups of bacteria have cospeciated with these hosts, with a lineage going back at least 15 ... read more

New Mechanism of Tuberculosis Infection

July 21, 2016 — Researchers have identified a new way that tuberculosis bacteria get into the body, revealing a potential therapeutic angle to ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Engineers have programmed cells to remember and respond to events. This approach to circuit design enables scientists to create complex cellular state machines and track cell ... read more

July 21, 2016 — For nearly 150 years, lichens have been the model organisms of symbiosis. Now researchers have uncovered an unexpected third partner embedded in the lichen cortex or 'skin' -- ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Using genomic data from three lizard species, researchers gleaned insights not available before on the impact of climate change on the distribution of animal populations in South American forests. ... read more

Researchers Find First Direct Evidence That A. Aegypti Mosquito Transmits Zika Virus

July 21, 2016 — Researchers have now directly connected the Aedes aegypti mosquito with Zika transmission in the Americas, during an outbreak in southern Mexico. The findings will help scientists to better target ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Manned submersible Curasub, sneaking around the twilight depths of the Caribbean island of Curacao in search of currently unknown species, has found yet another new one. The newly discovered ... read more

HD Monkeys Display Full Spectrum of Symptoms Seen in Humans

July 21, 2016 — Transgenic Huntington's disease monkeys display a full spectrum of symptoms resembling the human disease, strengthening the case that they could be used to evaluate emerging treatments before ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Latitude is the main factor which determines the organic pollutant concentration in Antarctic giant petrels – emblematic species in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions – according to a new ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Scientists set out to measure the energetics of wild two- and three-toed sloths at a field site in in northeastern Costa Rica. The purpose of the study was to help explain why arboreal folivores are ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Building lab instruments for chemistry and biology experiments used to be an expensive, time consuming process only done by scientists with specialized training. A 3-D printed, Lego-like system of ... read more

July 20, 2016 — A new species of megaraptorid dinosaur discovered in Patagonia may help discern the evolutionary origins of the megaraptorid ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Research comparing pastures with multiple types of plants to those with less variety shows surprising results in land productivity and soil ... read more

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