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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Feb. 17, 2017 — New research provides compelling evidence that a group of strange-looking fish living near the mouth of the Congo River are evolving due to the intense hydraulics of the river's rapids and deep ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — RFID chips like the ones used to protect merchandise from shoplifting reveal surprising clues about life in a bumblebee colony, say ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — A team of researchers has developed a new computer-assisted recognition system that can identify individual lemurs in the wild by their facial characteristics and ultimately help to build a database ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Triggered by mutilation, expression of select genes determines social castes in Diacamma ants, outlines a new ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a new paper. The study looks at the evolutionary changes that are being caused by the way roads ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — A mutation that impacts changes in the shape of an essential viral protein may influence the infectivity of West Nile and other viruses in the flavivirus family, according to a new ... read more

Moths' Sweet Way of Compensating for Lack of Antioxidants

Feb. 16, 2017 — Animals that feed almost solely on nectar, which doesn't produce protective antioxidants, are still able to avoid experiencing oxidative damage to their muscles through a clever adaption that ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Fin whales use two neatly packed levels of nested folds to protect the nerves along the floor of their mouth during lunge feeding, according to new ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Three carnivores -- tigers, leopards, and dholes (Asian wild dog) -- seemingly in direct competition with one other, are living side by side with surprisingly little conflict, new study in India ... read more

Modifying Fat Content in Soybean Oil With the Molecular Scissors Cpf1

Feb. 16, 2017 — Successful inactivation of two genes in soybean using ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Biomarkers are biological attributes that can give doctors or researchers clues about the health status or illnesses of a patient. Scientists are placing great hope in a new type of biomarker, ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — From 1950 to 2010, 27 percent of commercial marine landings were diverted to uses other than direct human consumption, a new research project has ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Hidden in the development of opossums is one possible version of the evolutionary path that led from the simple ears of reptiles to the more elaborative and sensitive structures of mammals, including ... read more

Gene Therapy Treats Muscle-Wasting Disease in Dogs

Feb. 16, 2017 — Dogs with an inherited muscle-wasting disorder that was treated with a single infusion of corrective gene therapy were indistinguishable from normal animals one year later. Puppies with this ... read more

Deep Reefs Unlikely to Save Shallow Coral Reefs

Feb. 15, 2017 — Often highlighted as important ecological refuges, deep sections of coral reefs (30-60 m depth) can offer protection from the full force of climate change-related impacts, such as intensifying storms ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover. This applies in particular to trees with large fruit ... read more

Study Shows How the Predator Brain Organizes the Hunt

Feb. 15, 2017 — The central nucleus of the amygdala is the brain region responsible for articulating the different skills involved in pursuing and killing prey, new research shows. The results of this research break ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — A naturally occurring protein has been discovered that shows promise as a biocontrol weapon against schistosomiasis, one of the world's most prevalent parasitic diseases, researchers ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — A new study could prove significant in answering among the most enduring questions for ecologists: Why do species live where they do, and what are the factors that keep them there? The ranges of ... read more

New Antibiotic from Bacteria Found on Kenyan Ant Could Help Beat MRSA

Feb. 15, 2017 — A new antibiotic, produced by bacteria found on a species of African ant, is very potent against antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ like MRSA according to ... read more

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