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July 24, 2016

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July 24, 2016

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

June 28, 2016 — Researchers used a recently refined technique to identify both individual active cells, and single clusters of active bacteria and archaea within microbial communities. Scientists are interested in ... read more

June 23, 2016 — Is it possible to "reprogram" an organism that is found higher in the food chain, which consumes sugar and releases carbon dioxide, so that it will consume carbon dioxide from the ... read more

June 23, 2016 — Changes in gene expression were found when coral and algae begin to ... read more

June 22, 2016 — Though mammals adapted on land, a new study has shown that during three major independent evolutionary events, a number of mammals hearkened back to the ... read more

Heat Sickens Corals in Global Bleaching Event

June 20, 2016 — Australian scientists report that many surviving corals affected by mass bleaching from high sea temperatures on the northern Great Barrier Reef are the sickest they have ever ... read more

June 17, 2016 — Torrefied biomass can improve the quality of poor soil found in arid regions, new research shows. The study indicates that adding torrefied biomass to poor soil from Botswana increased water ... read more

Virus Uses 'Stolen' CRISPR to Hack Its Host's Immune System

June 14, 2016 — Microbiologists have discovered that the Cyanophage N1 virus carries a DNA sequence -- a CRISPR -- that is generally used by bacteria to fight off viral infection. The virus appears to use the stolen ... read more

Metal Exposure: Factor in Bat Population Decline

June 9, 2016 — Scientists have led the first full-scale national assessment of metal contamination in bats, showing that many bats in the UK contain levels of metals high enough to cause toxic ... read more

Roads 'a Serious Threat' to Rare Bats

June 6, 2016 — Roads present a serious threat to bat populations, indicating that protection policies are failing, say scientists. Interestingly, the study found that male bats were considerably more likely to be ... read more

June 4, 2016 — Phosphorus is a crucial nutrient regularly applied to crops such as corn and soybeans to help them grow efficiently. However, excess phosphorus can be carried by rainwater runoff into lakes and ... read more

Is Mammal DNA Detected from the Guts of Blowflies a Feasible Mammal Monitoring Tool?

June 6, 2016 — Mammal DNA detected from the guts of blowflies indicated the presence of 11 mammal species at two tropical forest reserves in Malaysia. This new tool could soon join the list of conventional mammal ... read more

May 26, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a unique system of acquisition of essential metals in the pathogenic bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. This research represents a new potential target for the design of ... read more

May 26, 2016 — An important component in the process of nitrogen fixation in plants has been discovered by researchers. They have identified a key protein that facilitates the movement of calcium in plant ... read more

May 24, 2016 — A report commissioned by the United Nations offers a glimmer of hope to those managing the impact of bleaching on the world's coral reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef. The 35 authors of the ... read more

May 24, 2016 — Scientists report that they have found evidence of hardy, methane-producing microbes in water that surfaces from deep underground at The Cedars, a set of freshwater springs in Sonoma ... read more

May 21, 2016 — Scientists have demonstrated that poplar trees growing in rocky, inhospitable terrain harbor bacteria within them that could provide valuable nutrients to help the plant ... read more

Scientists Getting Warmer on Mimicking Anti-Freeze in Nature

May 19, 2016 — Researchers have taken an important step forward in mimicking nature's prowess at protecting cells from deep-freeze ... read more

May 12, 2016 — Over their 52-million-year history, a few bats have evolved a taste for their fellow vertebrates. Now biologists are shedding light on how these so-called 'carnivorous bats' adapted to the ... read more

May 9, 2016 — Whether you are a human or a bacterium, your environment determines how you can develop. In particular, there are two fundamental problems. First: what resources can you draw on to survive and grow? ... read more

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