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Transparent Zebrafish A Must-see Model For Atherosclerosis

10 years ago from Science Daily

We usually think of fish as a "heart-healthy" food. Now fish are helping researchers better understand how heart disease develops in studies that could lead to new drugs to slow...

Unusual Reproductive Life Of The Naked Mole-Rat

10 years ago from Science Daily

Naked mole-rats are very ugly, but also very interesting mammals. Now scientists want to find out whether the males influence the distribution of male and female progeny.

Warming may be key to saving bats from white-nose syndrome

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

The diseased mammals wake from hibernation before the insects they eat are available. Scientists think placing warming boxes in caves will help save the bats' energy stores, and perhaps their...

Low birthrates could doom rare rhino

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Time and space are running out for the Javan Rhinoceros — possibly the most endangered mammal in the world.

New deep-sea coral discovered on NOAA-supported mission

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Scientists identified seven new species of bamboo coral discovered on a NOAA-funded mission in the deep waters of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Six of these species may represent entirely...

How Moths Key Into Scent Of A Flower

10 years ago from Science Daily

Although a flower's bouquet can be composed of hundreds of chemicals, the tobacco hornworm moth needs to smell just a handful to identify its favorite source of nectar, the sacred...

Assembling Cells Into Artificial 3-D Microtissues, Including A Tiny Gland

10 years ago from Science Daily

Chemists have developed a way to assemble cells into 3-D microtissues and even tiny glands, much like snapping together toy building blocks to make a simple machine. Such microtissues could...

Magnetic nanoparticles navigate therapeutic genes through the body

10 years ago from Biology News Net

Health professionals send genes and healthy cells on their way through the bloodstream so that they can, for example, repair tissue damage to arteries. But do they reach their destination...

Engineering tissues and organs

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- As a high school sophomore, Asad Moten read a news story about engineering new organs for patients waiting for a transplant, and decided to start his own tissue-engineering...

Scientists determine 3D structure of proteins in living cells for the first time

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A University of Glasgow scientist was part of a team of researchers which has, for the first time, been able to determine the three-dimensional structure of protein in...

Ecologists propose first prevention for white-nose syndrome death in bats

10 years ago from

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a poorly understood condition that, in the two years since its discovery, has spread to at least seven northeastern states and killed as many as half...

New research sheds light on how stem cells turn into blood cells

10 years ago from Physorg

Researchers funded by the Canadian Cancer Society have discovered how certain messages that are carried within stem cells can trigger those cells to become blood cells. The findings are published...

How to Eat Fried Jellyfish

10 years ago from PopSci

With much of the world's fish population in a precarious state, here are some recipes to prepare for a future eating other kinds of sea creatures: jellyfish tempura and Greek-style...

Antelope species in danger of extinction

10 years ago from UPI

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 5 (UPI) -- A Swiss conservation group says one-quarter of the Earth's antelope species are threatened with extinction and nine species are considered endangered.

Stem cells could halt osteoporosis, promote bone growth

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While interferon gamma sounds like an outer space weapon, it's actually a hormone produced by our own bodies, and it holds great promise to repair bones affected by osteoporosis. In...

200000 rice mutants available worldwide for scientific investigation

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Scientists across the world are building an extensive repository of genetically modified rice plants in the hope of understanding the function of the approximately 57,000 genes that make up the...

Stem cells could regrow muscle

10 years ago from Science Alert

Australian researchers have found a way to vastly improve stem cells' ability to regenerate tissue and have use them to regrow muscle.

Tiny Pests Foul Seacage Netting On Fish Farms In Norway

10 years ago from Science Daily

Tiny creatures - growing rapidly on seacage netting - cause serious problems for fish farmers.

Microbicide protects monkeys from HIV-like virus

10 years ago from News @ Nature

Gel may fight virus by suppressing counterproductive immune responses.

Guatemalan experts improve genetic identification of Chagas

10 years ago from SciDev

Using a genetic test, scientists in Guatemala have detected a type of Chagas disease which previously only was found in South America.

Male Nightingales Explore by Day, Seduce by Night

10 years ago from National Geographic

In a first among birds, unpaired nightingales chirp different tunes to lure mates at night than they do for exploring territory during the day.

Is my chemo working? Scans may give faster answer

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- When Mike Stevens learned his lungs were riddled with cancer, it took only a week to start chemotherapy - but six weeks to find out if it...

RNA research strategy for Europe takes shape

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Research into RNA, a molecule found in every cell of our bodies, could lead to remarkable advances in the treatment of diseases such as cancer and diabetes, a meeting organised...

R U Down Wiv Txt Slang?

10 years ago from PopSci

Texting slang is, according to one report, more an art than a crutch for the semi-literate. The study found more of a correlation between reading ability and "sound-based textisms," such...

South Asia News in brief: 19 February–4 March

10 years ago from SciDev

India isolates new strain of H5N1 from birds, Kashmiri goat to be cloned for wool, iron fertilisation project needs discussion, and more.

Dude fish looks like a lady — but why?

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Around the world, increasing numbers of male fish are developing female traits — growing new sexual organs and sometimes even producing eggs. The phenomenon that has been blamed mostly on...

Whale sonar: Two pings are better than one

10 years ago from Physorg

Many whale species have sonar systems that send out two pings at once, allowing them to detect underwater objects with greater accuracy than even the most sophisticated human technologies, according...

Human actions threaten Dead Sea levels

10 years ago from UPI

DARMSTADT, Germany, March 4 (UPI) -- A German study suggests human water consumption is causing an alarming drop in Dead Sea water levels, with serious environmental consequences.