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What makes a jellyfish?

1 week ago from Physorg

Translucent jellyfish, colorful corals and waving sea anemones have very different bodies but all fall on the same big branch in the animal family tree. Jellyfish actually start out anchored...

Hold the mustard: What makes spiders fussy eaters

1 week ago from Physorg

It might be one of nature's most agile and calculating hunters, but the wolf spider won't harm an insect that literally leaves a bad taste in its mouth, according to...

Turning silenced cancer genes back into fighters

1 week ago from Science Daily

Working with human colon cancer cells and mice, researchers led by experts at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center say they have successfully blocked the activity of portions of a...

The end of California's drought could mean fewer cases of West Nile virus

1 week ago from LA Times - Science

Researchers say the end of California’s drought could offer a surprising benefit: reduced transmission of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. Drought is the most important weather-related factor that affects the...

Diet in development affects insect mating habits

1 week ago from Physorg

The study in beetles is the first to link an animal's nutritional intake during sexual development with its adult breeding habits.

How birders helped pinpoint hotspots for migratory bird conservation

1 week ago from Physorg

Many bird populations are crashing, largely because they migrate such long distances and are at risk from human influence at every link in their migratory chain.

RNA transport in neurons—Staufen2 detects its target transcripts in a complex manner

1 week ago from Physorg

A team of scientists from Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University of Ulm has discovered that the neuronal transport factor Staufen2 scans and binds to its target transcripts in a...

A novel protein that plays a crucial role in the formation of the mitotic spindle

1 week ago from Physorg

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich researchers have identified a novel protein that plays a crucial role in the formation of the mitotic spindle, which is essential for correct segregation of a...

Can we cure cancer by finding out how two proteins interact?

1 week ago from Physorg

In a paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Dr. Özdemir has studied two protein families named Rho GTPases and IQGAPs, which are known to play an important role...

Scientists develop artificial chemical receptor to assist viral transduction for T cell engineering

1 week ago from Physorg

Engineered T cell immunotherapy, such as chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) and T cell receptor T cell (TCR-T) therapy, has emerged as a potent therapeutic strategy for treating tumors.

Turning silenced cancer genes back into fighters

1 week ago from Physorg

Working with human colon cancer cells and mice, researchers led by experts at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center say they have successfully blocked the activity of portions of a...

Sharks more vulnerable than originally thought

1 week ago from Physorg

A study of small-scale fisheries operating from Kenya, Zanzibar and Madagascar, has revealed the massive underreporting of sharks and rays caught annually in the region.

Two more endangered right whale calves spotted off Massachusetts coast

1 week ago from UPI

Researchers have spotted another two right whales off the coast of Massachusetts, bringing this year's total to three.

California bill seeks to automatically seal 8M criminal records

1 week ago from UPI

A proposal making its way through the California Assembly would automatically seal low-level criminal records.

The arrestin-GPCR connection

1 week ago from Physorg

G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the "inbox" of environmental messages in mammalian cells. Because of their central role in signaling pathways, mutations resulting in abnormal GPCR functions cause a wide...

Death of rare turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world

The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday.

New diseases threaten aquaculture

1 week ago from SciDev

Tilapia lake virus is one of the most threatening diseases facing fish farmers, experts warn at a world meeting.

Death of rare turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world

The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday.

Shark bite research reveals politicians' fishy behaviour

1 week ago from Physorg

More than a decade's worth of research has revealed how politicians manipulate highly emotional incidents like shark bites to influence public sentiment and protect their own interests.

Death of rare turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world

1 week ago from Physorg

The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday.

American Airlines to cancel 115 flights daily over 737 MAX

1 week ago from Physorg

American Airlines announced Sunday it would scrap some 115 flights per day in the coming months because its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes is being grounded until August 19.

World's most dangerous bird kills Florida owner

1 week ago from UPI

A 75-year-old Florida man was killed after he was attacked by a large, flightless bird he bred on his property, officials said.

Artificial intelligence singles out neurons faster than a human can

1 week ago from Science Daily

Biomedical engineers have developed an automated process that can track and map active neurons as accurately as a human can, but in a fraction of the time. This new technique,...

We now know how insects and bacteria control ice

1 week ago from Science Daily

Scientists show how key proteins produced in bacteria and insects can either promote or inhibit the formation of ice, based on their length and their ability to team up to...

Petting zoos could potentially transmit highly virulent drug-resistant bacteria to visitors

1 week ago from Science Daily

New research shows that petting zoos can create a diverse reservoir of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria, which could lead to highly virulent drug-resistant pathogens being passed on to visitors.

Seychelles chief calls from the deep for ocean protection

1 week ago from Physorg

Seychelles President Danny Faure dived deep into the Indian Ocean Sunday to call for protection of "the beating blue heart of our planet."

Genetic variant linked to cucumber fruit length

1 week ago from Science Daily

Fruit size is a major determinant of yield and market value. New research describes the discovery of a key regulator of fruit length variation in cucumber.

New role for sensory signals in the brain

1 week ago from Science Daily

Learning how to tie a shoe or shoot a basketball isn't easy, but the brain somehow integrates sensory signals that are critical to coordinating movements so you can get it...