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Natural Chemical From Sea Sponges Induces Death In Cancer Cells Via Unusual Pathway

10 years ago from Science Daily

A chemical called candidaspongiolide (CAN) inhibits protein synthesis but also kills cancer cells by triggering caspase 12-dependent programmed cell death, according to an article in the Aug. 26 online issue...

ANIMAL PHOTOS WEEKLY: Albino Whale, Baby Giraffe, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

A rare albino right whale frolics in the water, a mother giraffe nuzzles its baby, and more in our new weekly roundup of animal photos.

Moo North: Cattle and Deer May Sense Earth's Magnetic Field

10 years ago from Scientific American

Forget cow tipping--next time you want to mess with a bovine friend, try waving a magnet in its face. [More]

UBC scientist unveils secret of newborn's first words

10 years ago from Biology News Net

A new study could explain why "daddy" and "mommy" are often a baby's first words – the human brain may be hard-wired to recognize certain repetition patterns.

Study of islands reveals surprising extinction results

10 years ago from Biology News Net

It's no secret that humans are having a huge impact on the life cycles of plants and animals. UC Santa Barbara's Steven D. Gaines and fellow researcher Dov Sax decided...

Sea squirts have carefree sex

10 years ago from Science Alert

The simple sea squirt could be the envy of many, as new research has found the organism never has to worry about contraceptives or fertility problems.

Scientists Tie Chickpea Disease To Fungal Culprit

10 years ago from Science Daily

The fungus Sclerotinia trifoliorum plagues legume crops worldwide. But chickpeas seem to have escaped its wrath, with the exception of Australia's crop. Now, that's no longer the case, report scientists.

DNA Barcoding In Danger Of 'Ringing Up' Wrong Species

10 years ago from Science Daily

DNA barcoding is a movement to catalog all life on earth by a simple standardized genetic tag, similar to stores labeling products with unique barcodes. But the approach as currently...

Rare Earth Elements Excite Protein Probes

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

UIC biochemist Lawrence Miller has received a four-year, $1.16 million grant to develop a way to image single biological molecules in living cells by using lanthanide molecules to tag proteins...

Speak up! Animals can adjust chatter

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Animals know how to speak up, pipe down, cut to the chase or spin a long yarn in order to stand out amidst the din when it comes to communicating...

Genome sequence deepens mystery of inconspicuous sea creature

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Resembling a smudge more than an animal, a mysterious life form known as a placozoan has now joined other obscure and primitive creatures whose genomes are providing insight...

'Natural' anthrax kills Saskatchewan bison: Parks Canada

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Even though anthrax bacteria was likely responsible for the death of 13 bison in Saskatchewan, Parks Canada officials said there is no reason for alarm.

Global Update: Virus That Infects Mosquitoes Could Lead to Weapon Against Disease

10 years ago from NY Times Health

A new virus that infects the world’s most dangerous mosquito could one day be manipulated to kill it or prevent it from transmitting malaria.

Bats Can Fly Silently to Avoid Jamming Sonar Signals

10 years ago from National Geographic

Some bats prevent crossed signals when flying with others by shutting down their natural sonar, new research reports.

Why do eyelids sag with age? UCLA study answers mystery

10 years ago from Science Blog

Many theories have sought to explain what causes the baggy lower eyelids that come with aging, but UCLA researchers have now found that fat expansion in the eye socket is...

Python kills Venezuelan zookeeper

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

A three-metre (10-foot) python kills a student zookeeper who let the snake out of its enclosure in Caracas, Venezuela.

'Best hope at sustainable fisheries' short-changed by conservation efforts

10 years ago from Physorg

Small scale fisheries produce as much annual catch for human consumption and use less than one-eighth the fuel as their industrial counterparts, but they are dealt a double-whammy by well-intentioned...

New Virus Threatens High Plains Wheat Crop

10 years ago from Science Daily

Triticum mosaic virus poses a new threat to Texas wheat, according to Texas AgriLife Research scientists in Amarillo. Researchers are working on a variety of studies to determine how big...

Science Weekly: Flying saucers and Prince Charles

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

We missed it so much last week, we're devoting this show's entire format to the Newsjam

Japanese study says loss of fat in whales may be result of climate change

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Data from Japan's widely condemned scientific whaling programme suggests a loss of fat over the last 20 years may be due to climate change, but some claim the research is...

Explaining a genetic disorder's unique shift

10 years ago from Physorg

Findings reported in this week's PLoS Biology give insight into the unique characteristics of the birth defect known as Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), and at the same time, may help explain...

'Slick' Gene Helps Cattle Beat The Heat

10 years ago from Science Daily

Pinpointing the chromosomal location of the "slick" gene identified by scientists could help breeders develop cattle with shorter, slick hair that helps keep them cool in the subtropical heat.

Hydrogen-Producing Bacteria Provide Clean Energy

10 years ago from Science Daily

A new "green" technology developed cooperatively by scientists with the Agricultural Research Service and North Carolina State University could lead to production of hydrogen from nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

NASA Tool Helps Track Whale Sharks, Polar Bears

10 years ago from National Geographic

Photos of giant whale sharks snapped by vacationing scuba divers and snorkelers are helping scientists track the elusive marine creatures across the oceans thanks to a star-mapping method used by...

PHOTO IN THE NEWS: New Giant Fish Species Announced

10 years ago from National Geographic

The Pacific goliath grouper, which can grow more than six feet long, is a separate species from its relative the Atlantic grouper, a new genetic study found.

Drought-tolerant Corn Developed

10 years ago from Science Daily

At the end of the day, drought tolerance in corn has to equate to good yields and good quality, not just good looks, said a Texas AgriLife Research scientist. Corn...

Bronze Age building saved from the sea

10 years ago from Physorg

A team of archaeologists have saved a Bronze Age building on Shetland from destruction by the sea... by moving it brick by brick to a safe new location.

Bad year for Britain's butterflies

10 years ago from UPI

LONDON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Windy, rainy weather for two consecutive summers have made it s dreadful year for many species of British butterflies, a conservationist said.