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May 5, 2016

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May 5, 2016

Can Thinking About Your Pet Help You Cope With Social Rejection?

May 4, 2016 — Do animals have a unique ability to comfort people, or are they just distractions from social ... read more

May 4, 2016 — Stickleback fish are able to adapt their vision to new environments in less than 10,000 years, a blink of the eye in evolutionary terms, according to new ... read more

May 3, 2016 — A class of 150 7th graders from the USA has helped select a name for a newly discovered plant from Australia. A biology professor challenged the students to come up with ideas for what to call the ... read more

May 3, 2016 — In December 2015 an international group of scientists convened to discuss the imminent extinction of the northern white rhinoceros and the possibility of bringing the species back from brink of ... read more

Scientists Reveal How Cell Corrects Errors Made in Gene Transcription

May 3, 2016 — The dynamics of the RNA polymerase II (Pol II) backtracking process is poorly understood. Scientists have now built a Markov State Model from extensive molecular dynamics simulations to identify ... read more

Birds of a Different Color: Why Some Birds Have More Than One Color Type

May 3, 2016 — In some animals, the same species can occur in two or more color types, or morphs. New research may help solve the mystery of how this can occur despite the pressures of ... read more

May 3, 2016 — Species of single-celled algae use whip-like appendages called flagella to coordinate their movements and achieve a remarkable diversity of swimming ... read more

May 3, 2016 — Scientists raise are raising awareness that long-term use of herbal remedies is no guarantee of their safety. Herbal remedies are an overlooked global ... read more

Research on Modern Day Animals Reveals Insights Into Extinct Animals

May 3, 2016 — Powerful head and neck retractions of vertebrate carcasses, including dinosaur fossils, have puzzled researchers as to whether they occurred just before an animal's death in agony, or after. Now ... read more

May 3, 2016 — Current estimates of the number of cheetahs in the wild are 'guesswork', say the authors of a new study that finds that the population in the cheetah stronghold of Maasai Mara, Kenya, is ... read more

May 3, 2016 — Dog owners tell their vets that Labrador retrievers are always interested in food, and new work shows there might be a biological truth to the claim. A study links a gene alteration specifically ... read more

May 3, 2016 — A combination of drought and fire has put the Arizona black rattlesnake on an “extinction trajectory,” according to researchers. The Arizona black rattlesnake is found at higher elevations in ... read more

May 3, 2016 — One thing is obvious: moth's eyes and snake's skin are entirely different. Researchers have taken a closer look, however, and have now brought the supposed 'apples and oranges' to ... read more

The Herring Genome Provides New Insight on How Species Adapt to Their Environment

May 3, 2016 — How species genetically adapt to their environment is a central question related to the evolution of biodiversity. In a new study scientists report that whole genome sequencing of Atlantic and Baltic ... read more

May 3, 2016 — Cycads are the most threatened plant group, prompting a growing need for meta-analysis of cycad ... read more

May 2, 2016 — The chain of events that occur within the gut lumen after antibiotic treatment that allow 'bad' bugs to flourish is now better understood, thanks to new ... read more

May 2, 2016 — Livestock farming is responsible for 18 percent of the world's greenhouse gases, and ruminants such as cattle, sheep and goats generate 35 percent of one of these gases -- methane, and according ... read more

May 2, 2016 — Earth could contain nearly 1 trillion species, with only one-thousandth of 1 percent now identified, according to a study from biologists. The estimate is based on the intersection of large datasets ... read more

May 2, 2016 — Biologists have completely sequenced the mitochondrial genome for the Hispaniolan solenodon, filling in the last major branch of placental mammals on the tree of life. The study confirmed that the ... read more

May 2, 2016 — The lady salamander that shuns male companionship may reap important benefits. For instance, when a predator snaps off her tail .New research compared an all-female population of mole salamanders to ... read more

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