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New Probe May Help Untangle Cells' Signaling Pathways

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have designed a new type of probe that can image thousands of interactions between proteins inside a living cell, giving them a tool to untangle the web of signaling...

Should Doctors Be Increasing Their Carbon Footprint By Flying To Medical Conferences?

10 years ago from Science Daily

Every year thousands of doctors and scientists fly to meetings all over the world, but with climate change accelerating, can this type of travel be justified, two doctors debate the...

Genome Communication: Alleles Of Homologous Genes Can Silence One Another

10 years ago from Science Daily

The exact mechanisms of how genes talk to other genes and change their behavior are being investigated, and recent results suggest that these processes could be important in engineering plants...

The Good And The Bad Of A Potential Alzheimer's Target

10 years ago from Science Daily

Research in fruit flies has shown that enhancing the production of a protein called neprilysin can reduce the formation of plaques and neuron death associated with Alzheimer's, at the expense...

Customized 'Wimpy' Polioviruses Designed: A New Path To Vaccines?

10 years ago from Science Daily

A team of molecular biologists and computer scientists at Stony Brook University has designed and synthesized a new class of weakened polioviruses. They used their synthesizing method with computer software...

Mechanism And Function Of Humor Identified By New Evolutionary Theory

10 years ago from Science Daily

The pattern recognition theory of humor is an evolutionary and cognitive explanation of how and why any individual finds anything funny. Effectively it explains that humor occurs when the brain...

Food Inspection Technology Could Kill Waiter Jokes

10 years ago from Science Daily

New inspection X-ray technology developed by European researchers is helping to ensure that the only thing in people's dinners is the food itself. Finding a snail in a salad, a...

Passports for penguins

10 years ago from Science Blog

New technology will let biologists identify and monitor large numbers of endangered animals, from butterflies to whales, without capturing them. read more

Continental plan to protect the monarch's migratory journey

10 years ago from Physorg

Canada, Mexico and the United States are joining forces to protect and conserve the Monarch butterfly, which has become a symbol of North America's shared environment.

Alkaline Soil Sample From Mars Reveals Presence of Nutrients for Plants to Grow

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Scientists find that the soil on the northern arctic plains of Mars is full of mineral nutrients that plants would need to survive.

What's Behind the Crazy Shapes of Fruits and Vegetables

10 years ago from Live Science

Crop scientists at Ohio State University have cloned a gene that controls the shape of tomatoes.

Global warming chase plants uphill

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Faced with global warming, plants are heading for the hills. A study of 171 forest species in Western Europe shows that most of them are shifting their favored locations to...

Tainted Tomato Toll Tops 750

10 years ago from Live Science

U.S. health officials still scouring farms in Mexico, Florida as source of salmonella contamination

Climate change forces plants higher: study

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

LONDON (Reuters) - Rising temperatures have forced many plants to creep to higher elevations to survive, researchers reported on Thursday.

Bees seeking 'sugary' garden pest

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Bumblebees may be showing an increasingly common behaviour of feeding on secretions from aphids.

Higher temperatures helped new strain of West Nile virus spread

10 years ago from Physorg

Higher temperatures helped a new strain of West Nile virus invade and spread across North America, according to a study published in the June 27 issue of the journal PLoS...

12 Miami beaches closed due to bacteria

10 years ago from UPI

MIAMI, June 26 (UPI) -- The Miami-Dade Health Department told swimmers to stay out of the water at 12 Miami-area beaches this week because of high levels of...

Scientists to unlock secrets of chocolate

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it is working with IBM and candy-making giant Mars Inc. to sequence the entire cacao genome.

What It's Like To Be A Bat: Vocal Sonar Does More Than Locate Objects; It Cues Memory And Assists Flight

10 years ago from Science Daily

Not many people think about what it's like to be a bat, but for those who do, it's enlightening and potentially groundbreaking for understanding aspects of the human brain and...

Huge Genome-scale Phylogenetic Study Of Birds Rewrites Evolutionary Tree-of-life

10 years ago from Science Daily

The largest ever study of bird genetics redraws the avian evolutionary tree, challenges current classifications, alters our understanding of avian evolution, and provides a resource for future studies. Early Bird,...

Genomics Of Large Marine Animals Showcased

10 years ago from Science Daily

The powerful advantages of using gene catalogs to infer biological function in marine animals are highlighted in a virtual symposium in the June issue of the Biological Bulletin, published by...

Success will be sweet in latest genome hunt

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Cacao plant is latest organism to have complete genetic code sequenced in drought and pest study

Winter did not stop pine beetle spread in Alberta

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Cold temperatures did not stop the spread of pine beetles in Alberta this winter, and it may be too late to eliminate the tree-killing insects...

PHOTOS: Bird Odd Couples Revealed by New Gene Study

10 years ago from National Geographic

You can't judge a bird family by its feathers, a new study shows. See which strange pairs are actually close cousins--and which lookalikes are nearly unrelated.

Zoo hopes to get cranes to mate

10 years ago from UPI

BOSTON, June 26 (UPI) -- Officials at a Boston zoo have brought two African wattled cranes together, hoping they will reproduce.

Study to change our view of birds

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The results of a five-year study are so broad that the scientific names of dozens of birds will have to be changed in biology textbooks and birdwatchers' field guides.

Bird Study Reveals 10 Things You Didn't Know

10 years ago from Live Science

Scientists have just discovered a flock of unexpected new avian facts.

Giant squid discovered along Calif. coast

10 years ago from UPI

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., June 26 (UPI) -- Wildlife researchers in California said they found the remains of what is likely a rare 25-foot-long giant squid.