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Light and sound stimulus therapy generates a buzz in Alzheimer’s research world

3 days ago from LA Times - Science

The often-discouraging search for ways to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease may have flickered to life this week with a bright new idea — and a buzzy new soundtrack as...

Watch: Shark's 'kiss' caught on camera during diving trip

4 days ago from UPI

A diver off the South African coast was caught on camera getting a "kiss" from a curious shark that appeared interested in his goggles.

Cuddly polar bear cub makes splash in Berlin debut

4 days ago from Physorg

Berlin's latest zoo celebrity, a fluffy polar bear cub, made her first tentative steps on the public stage Friday, with media hungry to anoint her the rightful successor to late...

Watch: Lizard removed from Florida resident's toilet

4 days ago from UPI

Firefighters were called to a Florida home to deal with an unusual emergency -- a homeowner found an iguana in their toilet.

How modified Chantix and a bioengineered ion channel may help diseases like epilepsy and depression

4 days ago from C&EN

The new technique could help neuroscientists study the brain as well as offer targeted therapies for neurological disorders

Oscillation in muscle tissue

4 days ago from Science Daily

When a muscle grows or a muscle injury heals, some of the stem cells develop into new muscle cells. A research team has now described how this process is regulated...

Giant Pandas: Facts About the Charismatic Black and White Bears

4 days ago from Live Science

Giant pandas, known for their distinctive markings and playful personalities, are considered China's national treasure.

A repellent odor inhibits the perception of a pleasant odor in vinegar flies

4 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists have discovered that repellent odors suppress the perception of pleasant smells. This happens because certain brain structures that respond to attractive odors are inhibited by a repellent one. These...

This Songbird Is Nearly Extinct in the Wild. An International Treaty Could Help Save It — but Won’t.

4 days ago from NY Times Science

Over a quarter of the species threatened by commercial trade are not protected by Cites, the global agreement intended to save them.

Uncovering uncultivated microbes in the human gut

4 days ago from Science Daily

A human's health is shaped both by environmental factors and the body's interactions with the microbiome, particularly in the gut. Genome sequences are critical for characterizing individual microbes and understanding...

Scientists track patterns of island growth in crystals

4 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists have found that the seemingly random arrangement of islands that form to begin new layers during crystal growth can actually be very similar from layer to layer. The discovery...

Pests and the plant defenses against them drive diversity in tropical rainforests

4 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have been baffled by tropical rainforest diversity for over a century; 650 different tree species can exist in an area covering two football fields, yet similar species never grow...

Using an anti-smoking drug to control neurons

4 days ago from Science Daily

A potent chemogenetic system pairs an anti-smoking drug with specially engineered proteins to change neuron activity. The research tool could one day be used to treat conditions like epilepsy or...

Narwhals spend at least half time diving for food, can fast for several days after meal

4 days ago from Science Daily

Narwhals -- enigmatic arctic whales known for their sword-like tusk -- spend over half their time diving to find food but are also able to last up to three days...

Tracking turtles with telemetry

4 days ago from Science Daily

A new model has been created that can forecast the location of Eastern Pacific leatherback turtles along the coast of Central and South America in an effort to decrease bycatch...

How a mitochondrial enzyme can trigger cell death

4 days ago from Science Daily

Cytochrome c is a small enzyme that plays an important role in the production of energy by mitochondria. It is also involved in signaling dangerous problems that warrant apoptosis, or...

In this nematode species males are needed for reproduction but not their genes

4 days ago from Science Daily

In the Mesorhabditis belari roundworm, the sole purpose of males is to help females produce clones of themselves.

Standoff between eagle and squirrel goes viral

4 days ago from CBSNews - Science

The photographer tells CBS News the squirrel was a mother defending its babies – and she persevered

How a mitochondrial enzyme can trigger cell death

4 days ago from Physorg

Cytochrome c is a small enzyme that plays an important role in the production of energy by mitochondria. It is also involved in signaling dangerous problems that warrant apoptosis, or...

Watch: Zion Williamson goes 13-13 from field as Duke slams Syracuse

4 days ago from UPI

Duke's Zion Williamson went 13-of-13 from the field, helping Duke dominate Syracuse and advance in the 2019 ACC Tournament.

New book by biochemist David Deamer explores the origins of life

4 days ago from Physorg

In his new book, Assembling Life, David Deamer challenges the consensus that life began in the ocean and presents an alternative scenario, based on his research, in which life began...

A new approach to drugging a difficult cancer target

4 days ago from Physorg

One of the most common cancer-promoting genes, known as Myc, is also one of the most difficult to target with drugs. Scientists have long tried to develop drugs that block...

As climate continues to warm, study finds several barriers to northward tree migration

4 days ago from Physorg

Extensive land development, invasive species and too many deer may make it difficult for tree migration to keep pace with climate change in the Northeast, according to newly published research.

Bacteria may help frogs attract mates

4 days ago from Physorg

Brazilian scientists have discovered that the strong odor released by some amphibian species is produced by bacteria and that attracting a mate is one of its purposes.

Soluble epoxide hydrolase in mammals diminishes the body's ability to self-repair

4 days ago from Physorg

In the 1980s, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, were looking for a way to control insects and found an enzyme—called JHEH—that, when inhibited, prevents caterpillars from becoming butterflies....

Study proves importance of bird poo in enhancing coral growth

4 days ago from Physorg

A University of Otago study has shown the positive impact bird poo, or guano, has on coral growth in tropical seas. Published online in the respected scientific journal Scientific Reports,...

Uncovering uncultivated microbes in the human gut

4 days ago from Physorg

A tree's growth is dependent on nutrients from the soil and water, as well as the microbes in, on, and around the roots. Similarly, a human's health is shaped both...

It’s Snowing Underwater

4 days ago from Science Blog

Beneath the shimmering surface of the sea Lie tiny specks of hope, Inconsequential fragments of life That work tirelessly to remove The years of smut and grease Regurgitated by higher...