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Technology may be altering how brains work

11 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Some scientists think the wired world may be changing the way we read, learn and interact with each other.

Can You Hear Me Now? How The Inner Ear's Sensors Are Made

11 years ago from Science Daily

A new study shows for the first time how microscopic crystals form sound and gravity sensors inside the inner ear. Located at the ends of cilia -- tiny cellular hairs...

Study identifies genetic variants giving rise to differences in metabolism

11 years ago from Science Blog

Common genetic polymorphisms induce major differentiations in the metabolic make-up of the human population, according to a paper published November 28 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics. read more

New discovery about T cells is reported

11 years ago from UPI

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have found a way to keep the body's T cells in prime shape for fighting infection and cancer.

150 whales die in stranding off Australian coast

11 years ago from Reuters:Science

SYDNEY (Reuters) - At least 150 whales have died in a mass stranding off Tasmania's west coast, Australian authorities said on Sunday, despite the efforts of rescuers who managed to...

Sex Life Of Killer Fungus Finally Revealed

11 years ago from Science Daily

Biologists have announced a major breakthrough in our understanding of the sex life of a microscopic fungus which is a major cause of death in immune deficient patients and also...

Quick action possible on federal wolf protections

11 years ago from Physorg

Federal wildlife managers hope to remove wolves from the endangered species list in Idaho and Montana before President-elect Barack Obama takes office.

Caution on cough syrup with dextromethorphan

11 years ago from LA Times - Health

Once there was only one Robitussin cough medicine. Now there are lots. The one with d extromethorphan almost killed me. I had such a hard time breathing,...

Specific DNA Variations Of The Serotonin Transporter Gene Can Influence Drinking Intensity

11 years ago from Science Daily

The brain's serotonergic system plays an important role in alcohol preference and consumption. New findings show that specific DNA sequence variations of the serotonin transporter gene can influence drinking intensity...

Climate Change Opens New Avenue For Spread Of Invasive Plants

11 years ago from Science Daily

A team of researchers from the Netherlands and Florida has found that plants that range beyond their normal distribution because of warming climates may have advantages over native plants. Global...

Farming And Chemical Warfare: A Day In The Life Of An Ant

11 years ago from Science Daily

One of the most important developments in human civilization was the practice of sustainable agriculture. But we were not the first; ants have been doing it for over 50 million...

Humans Prompted New Paths For Parasites

11 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists are tracking how the dissemination of the parasite Trichinella spiralis throughout Europe, North Africa and the Americas was facilitated by human travel and the transportation of animals.

Insecticides Or Genetically Modified Crops? Non-Target Insects Affected More By Insecticides Than By Crops Engineered To Make Insect-specific Toxins

11 years ago from Science Daily

Non-target insects are probably affected more by conventional insecticides than by crops that contain genes from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), according to a new article. Bt crops such...

Boll Weevil Feeding Habits Now Better Understood

11 years ago from Science Daily

Boll weevils don't hibernate during winter in the subtropics but actually remain active, feeding on orange, grapefruit and other plants, according to a scientist studying this infamous cotton pest.

Obama to Broaden Role of Genetics in Health Care

11 years ago from Live Science

Scientists hope the rapidly evolving field of genetics could transform medical diagnosis and treatment.

Group seeks Pickens' wife's help to save rangeland

11 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Conservationists are looking to the wife of Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens to help push for federal reforms that they say will help thousands of wild...

Wash. biologist hazes swans away from deadly lead

11 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Years of collecting dead carcasses and examining lead-poisoned livers have convinced Mike Smith of this: to save Pacific Coast trumpeter swans, he has to haze them.

Global whaling body to begin talks in December: report

11 years ago from Physorg

The International Whaling Commission will next month start negotiations in a bid to find a compromise over restrictions on whale hunting, a newspaper said Saturday.

New National Survey Says Public Reveres Bison

11 years ago from Science Daily

Americans are woefully out of touch with the fact that the American bison, or buffalo, is in trouble as a wild, iconic species, but they do love them as an...

Bird Population Estimates Are Flawed, New Study Shows

11 years ago from Science Daily

Most of what we know about bird populations stems from surveys conducted by professional biologists and amateur birdwatchers, but new research shows that the data from those surveys may be...

Saving the Majorcan midwife toad

11 years ago from News @ Nature

Researchers start gearing up to mitigate the deadly amphibian chytrid fungus in the wild.

Stem Cell Research Hold Great Promise, But Obstacles Remain, Expert Argues

11 years ago from Science Daily

"There are still a number of major hurdles in the path of stem cell research today that are preventing the routine application of the technology in regenerative medicine." So say...

Unraveling the Wonders of Spider Silk

11 years ago from Live Science

A researcher collects spider silk strands and combs through glands to find the genetic blueprints for silk making.

Iron complex mimics soil bacteria

11 years ago from Chemistry World

Scientists in the US report the first synthetic compound to catalyse a key step in the degradation of double bonds in aromatic rings

25,000 gardens now nature havens

11 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

More than 25,000 people transform their gardens into wildlife reserves by taking part in an RSPB nature drive.

Tumor Environment Determines Whether The Cellular Process Autophagy Enables Cancer Cells To Live Or Die

11 years ago from Science Daily

Confusingly, the cellular process autophagy (essentially self-eating) has been implicated in both cancer cell death and survival. New insight into this paradox has now been provided by work which indicates...

Helping The Embryo Implant: A New Role For One Type Of Immune Cell

11 years ago from Science Daily

One of the most critical stages in establishing a pregnancy is the implantation of the embryo in the wall of the uterus. Although the accumulation of immune cells known as...

Genetics of cancer relapse revealed

11 years ago from News @ Nature

Biologists have tracked the origins and evolution of a type of childhood leukaemia that is deadliest when it recurs.