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Study: Why unique finches keep their heads of many colors

20 hours ago from Physorg

There appears to be an underlying selection mechanism at work among Gouldian Finches—a mechanism that allows this species to produce and maintain individuals with red heads, black heads, and yellow...

Endangered rays may have unknown birthing zone in Mexican waters

20 hours ago from Physorg

The discovery of dozens of pregnant giant devil rays accidentally caught in fishing nets in a village along Mexico's northern Gulf of California could mean the endangered species has a...

One million species risk extinction due to humans: Draft UN report

21 hours ago from Physorg

Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources...

An ecological tale of two scavengers

21 hours ago from Physorg

Two species of vulture—the turkey vulture and the black vulture—are able to coexist because their respective traits reduce the need for them to compete for nutritional resources, according to a...

Fortune favours the bold: Can behaviour explain why some animal species become invasive?

22 hours ago from Physorg

A new study has found that adaptability is the key to invasive species succeeding in non-native environments.

Wet and dry tropical forests show opposite pathways in forest recovery

22 hours ago from Physorg

The composition of regrowing wet and dry tropical forests follow opposite pathways while these forests age. This fact has significant consequences for forest restoration initiatives. The findings of a new...

Biochemists discover an enzyme to stop cell death

22 hours ago from Physorg

RUDN biochemists found out that apoptosis (programmed cell death) can be regulated using the EndoG enzyme. The discovery will lead to a better understanding of cell and tissue protection mechanisms....

Scientists propose new theory on Alzheimer’s, amyloid connection

22 hours ago from Science Blog

Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops this disease, which causes...

Researchers work to genetically modify flatworms and unlock their regenerative powers

23 hours ago from Physorg

Slice it into a hundred pieces if you want, and the millimeters-long flatworm called a planarian won't particularly care. Each piece can grow back into a new worm. But how...

‘An Elegant Defense’ explores the immune system’s softer side

23 hours ago from Sciencenews.org

The lives of four people helped or harmed by their body’s natural defenses illustrate why immunology has become one of the hottest fields in science.

Scientists find an underground bacterium that could live on Mars

1 day ago from Physorg

Tomsk State University microbiologists were the first in the world to isolate Desulforudis audaxviator from deep underground waters. Translated from Latin, its name means "a brave traveler". Scientists from different...

Scientists create first billion-atom biomolecular simulation

1 day ago from Physorg

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will...

Scientists discover how 'superbug' E. coli clones take over human gut

1 day ago from Physorg

A 'superbug' clone of E. coli has evolved to prevent itself from becoming so dominant that it could potentially wipe out the bacteria from existence, scientists led by the University...

Research team discovers perfectly imperfect twist on nanowire growth

1 day ago from Physorg

For years, researchers have been trying to find ways to grow an optimal nanowire, using crystals with perfectly aligned layers all along the wire.

Good mousekeeping: En suite bathroom makes for happier mice

1 day ago from Physorg

Mice have a strong preference to nest away from their own waste and should be housed in a system of cages that allows them to create a toilet area, according...

Oldest southern sea otter in captivity dies in California

1 day ago from Physorg

Charlie, the oldest southern sea otter held by any zoo or aquarium, has died in California.

Q&A: Sea Sponges: Nature’s Disinfectants

1 day ago from NY Times Science

The creatures host a number of chemicals that fight off bacteria and fungi.

SeaWorld publishes decades of orca data to help wild whales

1 day ago from Physorg

The endangered killer whales of the Pacific Northwest live very different lives from orcas in captivity.

Researchers find high-risk genes for schizophrenia

1 day ago from Science Daily

Using a unique computational 'framework' they developed, a team of scientist cyber-sleuths has identified 104 high-risk genes for schizophrenia.

Study shows zoos and aquariums dramatically increase information needed to help save species

1 day ago from Physorg

Despite volumes of data currently available on mankind, it is surprising how little we know about other species. A paper published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National...

New genomics tool ECCITE-seq expands multimodal single cell analysis

1 day ago from Science Daily

ECCITE-seq (Expanded CRISPR-compatible Cellular Indexing of Transcriptomes and Epitopes by sequencing) allows researchers to perform high-throughput measurements of multiple modalities of information from single cells. The technique profiles different types...

Female sand tiger sharks visit the same shipwrecks off North Carolina coast

1 day ago from UPI

Every year or two, female sand tiger sharks return to the same shipwrecks off the North Carolina coast.

Droplet trains reveal how nature navigates blood traffic

1 day ago from Science Daily

Scientists report that they discovered spontaneous oscillations in microfluidic droplet networks. The scientists have successfully modeled network channels similar to our blood capillaries in the simplest way containing one or...

Family quarrels in seeds reveal the ways parents and offspring sometimes evolve in conflicting directions

1 day ago from Physorg

It's spring, finally—and in the tree branches a battle is brewing. A robin returns to her nest with an earthworm. Her nestlings all beg, but only one will get this...

Watch: Bear climbs on surprised couple's elevated porch

1 day ago from UPI

A Pennsylvania couple captured video of a black bear making an Easter visit to their home and climbing the porch to reach a bird feeder.

New genomics tool ECCITE-seq expands multimodal single cell analysis

1 day ago from Physorg

A new technique called ECCITE-seq, developed by scientists at the New York Genome Center's (NYGC) Technology Innovation Lab (@NYGCtech), allows researchers to perform high-throughput measurements of multiple modalities of information...

In photos: President Trump hosts the Easter Egg Roll at the White House

1 day ago from UPI

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump host the White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2019.

Wristband samplers show similar chemical exposure across three continents

1 day ago from Science Daily

Researchers have deployed chemicals to individuals on three continents, they found that no two wristbands had identical chemical detections. But the same 14 chemicals were detected in more than 50...