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Tropical species at great risk from climate change: study

11 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Polar bears have been described as the poster species highlighting the dangers of climate change, but U.S. scientists suggest species living in the tropics may be in graver danger.

Birds may use tiny magnetic field as GPS

11 years ago from UPI

LONDON, May 6 (UPI) -- U.S. and British researchers say birds may use chemical magnetoreception to orient themselves during flight.

PHOTOS: Lizards, Opossum, Among New Cerrado Species

11 years ago from National Geographic

A legless lizard, a "miniature dragon," and a "cryptic toad" are among 14 new species recently found in Brazil's shrinking grassland.

South Korea begins imports of biotech corn

11 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Major South Korean corn processors have begun importing genetically modified varieties of the crop because of shortages of conventional corn on the world market since China began...

Colossal Squid Has Glowing "Cloaking Device," Huge Eyes

11 years ago from National Geographic

The giant defrosted this week has the world's biggest eyes, as well as light-emitting organs that may help render the squid invisible to predators, scientists say.

Stem Cells At Root Of Antlers' Branching

11 years ago from Science Daily

German researchers have found that deer antler growth and regeneration might be reduced to a stem cell-based process. Their results strongly support the view that the growth of primary antlers...

Consistencies Found In Synaesthesia: Letter 'A' Is Red For Many; 'V' Is Purple

11 years ago from Science Daily

New research adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that commonalities do indeed exists across synesthaetes. In their own study of 70 synesthaetes, and a reanalysis of 19 more...

Gene therapy experiments improve vision in nearly blind

11 years ago from AP Science

NEW YORK (AP) -- Scientists for the first time have used gene therapy to dramatically improve sight in people with a rare form of blindness, a development experts called a...

Idaho lab develops a quicker way to catch a thief

11 years ago from AP Science

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Federal researchers say they've developed a human identification test that's faster and possibly cheaper than DNA testing....

Biologists say dozens of grizzlies reside in Anchorage

11 years ago from AP Science

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A study by state biologists has found parts of Anchorage are much more popular among grizzly bears than they previously thought....

Rare Giant Turtle Found In Vietnam

11 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Researchers from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo have discovered a rare giant turtle in northern Vietnam, giving scientists hope for the species they believed was extinct in the wild.

Mix-Up "Big Danger" In Sect's DNA Tests

11 years ago from CBSNews - Science

An expert says the sheer number of simultaneous samplings to be taken from the Texas polygamists complicates matters greatly. He spoke with Russ Mitchell on The Early Show.

Balding Penguin Finds Salvation In Wetsuit

11 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences had a wetsuit created for a blading African penguin to help him get back in the swim of things.

DNA Confirms Remains Of Czar's Children

11 years ago from CBSNews - Science

DNA tests performed by a U.S. laboratory have proved that bone fragments exhumed in the Ural Mountains belong to two children of Russia's last czar, ending a persistent mystery about...

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News

11 years ago from UPI

Buoy network protects endangered whales … Study finds new aspect of sickle cell … NASA's Polar satellite ends its mission … Lungs are illuminated for better diagnoses ... Health/Science news...

Science close to making plant biofactories

11 years ago from UPI

CAMPBELL, Australia, April 30 (UPI) -- Australian researchers say they are a step closer to turning plants into "biofactories" capable of producing oils to replace petrochemicals.

Protein role in meiosis re-evaluated by researchers

11 years ago from MIT Research

Proteins that control cell division play a far more nuanced role than researchers previously thought in the process that gives rise to reproductive cells, according to new MIT research. The...

Teams unravel heparin death mystery

11 years ago from MIT Research

An international team of researchers led by MIT has explained how contaminated batches of the blood-thinner heparin were able to slip past traditional safety screens and kill dozens of patients...

Team develops safe, effective RNAi technique

11 years ago from MIT Research

A team of researchers from MIT and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals has developed safe and effective methods to perform RNA interference, a therapy that holds great promise for treating a variety of...