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Malagasy chameleon has unusual life cycle

10 years ago from UPI

NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- U.S. and Malagasy scientists say they've discovered a chameleon from southwest Madagascar that spends up to three-quarters of its life inside an...

Scientists name tree-killing fungus

10 years ago from UPI

ASHEVILLE, N.C., July 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it has officially named the fungus that is killing redbay and other Florida, Georgia and South...

Accidental fungus leads to promising cancer drug

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A drug developed using nanotechnology and a fungus that contaminated a lab experiment may be broadly effective against a range of cancers, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday.

Integrins As Receptors Give Insight Into Rotavirus And Diarrhea

10 years ago from Science Daily

Eleven years ago, scientists discovered the first viral enterotoxin, rotavirus NSP4, a toxic protein that affects the intestines, causing diarrhea. The next step was to find the cellular receptor on...

Small protein may have big role in making more bone and less fat

10 years ago from Physorg

A small protein may have a big role in helping you make more bone and less fat, researchers say. "The pathways are parallel, and the idea is if you can...

Clues sought in honey bees' demise

10 years ago from UPI

LONDON, July 1 (UPI) -- British scientists say they getting closer to discovering why billions of honey bees have died in recent years.

Researchers Link Early Stem Cell Mutation To Autism

10 years ago from Science Daily

In a breakthrough scientific study, scientists have shown that neural stem cell development may be linked to Autism. The study demonstrated that mice lacking the myocyte enhancer factor 2C protein...

VIDEO: Penguins Strangled by Grass

10 years ago from National Geographic

Australian conservationists are racing to clear an important little penguin breeding site of an invasive species of tall grass that tangles up the birds and kills some of them.

Dividing Cells Find Their Middle by Following Protein Contour Map

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Scientists at Rockefeller University have shown that a protein-chemistry-based contour map, which helps individual proteins locate the center of their cell without direction from a "master organizer," is key to...

Southern farmers realize profits from highbush blueberries

10 years ago from Physorg

Southern highbush blueberries are emerging as an important fruit crop in Georgia, but experienced farmers say the fruit can be a challenge to grow. To determine if the blueberry shows...

Rome zoo animals get ice pops to fend off heat

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

A Roman zoo is feeding its animals a daily treat of frozen fruits to help them cope with the hottest early summer temperatures in 20 years.

'Molecular movies' to reveal the dynamic lives of proteins

10 years ago from Physorg

Capturing moving images of tiny protein molecules is the aim of a new research project announced today at Imperial College London. The research will reveal, on extremely short timescales, the...

Want scientific immortality? Name a sea worm

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Jeff Goodhartz is single and has no children. But he wanted to ensure the family name would live on after he's gone. So he paid $5,000 to...

Biologists Show How Eye's Neurons Switch Functions During Metamorphosis

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers report that the photoreceptors in an insect's eye can change their traditional functions during metamorphosis. The researchers found that when photoreceptors responsible for detecting the color green die off...

Fluorescent green logic

10 years ago from Chemistry World

Japanese scientists are applying logic to the protein that causes jellyfish to fluoresce green

Reprogramming Adult Stem Cells in the Brain

10 years ago from Physorg

In recent years, stem cell researchers have become very adept at manipulating the fate of adult stem cells cultured in the lab. Now, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological...

Sickle cell drug mired in controversy

10 years ago from SciDev

Production of a herbal-based sickle cell anaemia drug could be under threat as the companies involved are surrounded by allegations of corruption.

Chaperonin's Lid Works Like A Camera's Iris

10 years ago from C&EN

Proteins lid shuts to give proteins privacy while folding inside

GAO Pushes For Food Safety Details

10 years ago from C&EN

Report questions FDA's ability to protect U.S. food supply

Molecular Lego turns green

10 years ago from Chemistry World

An environmentally-friendly method for connecting together the molecular building blocks

Instant insight: Reducing the waste

10 years ago from Chemistry World

Tomislav Pintauer and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski reveal the magic ingredient that turns radical reactions ‘green’

Middle East Action In China

10 years ago from C&EN

SABIC boosts share in joint venture; Qatar commits to petrochemical project

Protein removal on target

10 years ago from Chemistry World

If you’re planning to cure a disease by removing a specific protein, how do you make the therapy selective?

Slick synthesis to sea sponge structure

10 years ago from Chemistry World

A new route to a complex sea sponge biomolecule with promising anti-tumour properties hits the target in just nine steps

Study: Shark species face extinction

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- The Mediterranean Sea shark population fell 97 percent in the past two centuries and 19 shark species face extinction, researchers have concluded.

AC Grayling: Falling off the edge of the world

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Exploring the unknown may be dangerous but the risks are always worthwhile, says AC Grayling

Bacteria In Extremely Hostile Environments: New Protein Discovered That Repairs DNA Under Extreme Conditions

10 years ago from Science Daily

Mild environmental conditions are a prerequisite for life. Strong acids or dissolved metallic salts in high concentrations are detrimental to both humans and to simpler life forms, such as bacteria....

Whales Set To Chase Shrinking Feed Zones

10 years ago from Science Daily

Endangered migratory whales will be faced with shrinking crucial Antarctic foraging zones which will contain less food and will be further away, a new analysis of the impacts of climate...