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May 30, 2016

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May 30, 2016

Do Female Birds Mate With Multiple Males to Protect Their Young?

May 30, 2016 — Blue tit females mate with more than one male. Several possible blue tit fathers may then work together to stop predators from attacking their young, according to new ... read more

May 29, 2016 — Habitat conversion and fragmentation, logging, illegal hunting, fires: The rainforests and wildlife on Borneo, the third largest island in the world, are highly threatened. Now scientists have ... read more

Guarding the Gatekeepers

May 27, 2016 — Calcium is a key signalling agent in the information networks of life. As calcium ions cannot cross cell membranes directly, the rise and fall of calcium levels within a cell are controlled through a ... read more

May 27, 2016 — A new study indicates that sharks of the same species can have different ... read more

Vitamin Nicotinamide Riboside Protects Mice from Diabetes Complications

May 27, 2016 — A naturally occurring vitamin, nicotinamide riboside, can improve metabolic symptoms and prevent peripheral nerve damage in mouse models of diabetes, according to a new ... read more

First Discovery in United States of Colistin Resistance in a Human E. Coli Infection

May 26, 2016 — The Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research characterized a transferrable gene for colistin resistance in the United States that ... read more

Slime Mold Reveals Clues to Immune Cells' Directional Abilities

May 26, 2016 — How white blood cells in our immune systems home in on and engulf bacterial invaders -- like humans following the scent of oven-fresh pizza -- has long been a mystery to scientists. But biologists ... read more

Cuing Environmental Responses in Fungi

May 26, 2016 — Sensory perception lies at the heart of adaptation to changing conditions, and helps fungi to improve growth and recycle organic waste, and to know when and how to infect a plant or animal host. New ... read more

May 26, 2016 — The reed, an abundant plant in the riverbanks around the world, alters the ground arthropods communities and it reduces the body size of these invertebrates in the natural habitats it colonizes, ... read more

May 25, 2016 — How sensitive an ecosystem is to unforeseen environmental stress can be determined, according to research. The approach is to study how many species there are in an ecosystem and what proportion of ... read more

May 25, 2016 — A paleobiologist has found evidence of predation in ancient microbial ecosystems dating back more than 740 million years. Using a scanning electron microscope to examine minute fossils, Porter found ... read more

May 25, 2016 — Clownfish became a household name over a decade ago when Disney released the movie 'Finding Nemo.' The colorful fish are now at risk due to bleaching of their sea anemone homes in the ... read more

May 25, 2016 — The fruit fly Drosophila bifurca is only a few millimeters in size but produces almost six centimeters long sperm. Researchers provide the first explanation for the evolution of such giant sperm. ... read more

May 25, 2016 — A female Blanding's turtle believed to be at least 83 years old was captured at a forest reserve this week. Researchers say it is the oldest well-documented Blanding's turtle and one of the ... read more

Scientists Explore New Concepts of Plant Behavior, Interactions

May 25, 2016 — While a lot is already known about plant perception, our ecological understanding of plants has largely focused on seeing plants as the sum of a series of building blocks or traits. A new collection ... read more

May 25, 2016 — Using data from criminal cases of animal abuse, researchers have demonstrated that motor vehicle accidents and non-accidental blunt force trauma cases in dogs and cats present with different types of ... read more

May 25, 2016 — A biologist has shown that freshwater communities experienced significantly lower disparity between common and rare species in favorable, low-stress environments. Conversely, harsh stressful ... read more

May 24, 2016 — A symbiotic relationship that has existed since the time of the dinosaurs is at risk of ending, as habitat loss and environmental change mean that a species of Australian crayfish and the tiny worms ... read more

Harnessing Nature’s Vast Array of Venoms for Drug Discovery

May 24, 2016 — Scientists have invented a method for rapidly identifying venoms that strike a specific target in the body -- and optimizing such venoms for therapeutic ... read more

Study of Fungi-Insect Relationships May Lead to New Evolutionary Discoveries

May 24, 2016 — Zombie ants are only one of the fungi-insect relationships studied by a team of biologists in a newly compiled database of insect fungi ... read more

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