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Scientists Are Fighting Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Space with Silvery Shield

5 days ago from Space.com

While living in space weakens astronauts' bodies, microbes can thrive in the zero-gravity environment, growing stronger and even developing resistance to antibiotics.

Incredible Photos Capture Last Glimpse of Long-Tusked 'Elephant Queen'

5 days ago from Live Science

An elephant matriarch in Kenya was an impressive sight to the very end.

Study finds natural selection favors cheaters

5 days ago from Physorg

Mutualisms, which are interactions between members of different species that benefit both parties, are found everywhere—from exchanges between pollinators and the plants they pollinate, to symbiotic interactions between us and...

Starving bacteria can eject their tails to save energy and stay alive

5 days ago from Physorg

When nutrients are dangerously low, a group of bacteria have been found to take the drastic measure of getting rid of their tails.

Fishing for fun, not food: Study takes stock of recreational fishing impacts

5 days ago from Physorg

The vast majority of people who fish in the world do so for pleasure, not food. Yet despite the substantial impacts these fishers have on fish populations and aquatic ecosystems...

Hen harriers 'vanishing due to illegal killing' - study

Bird of prey 10 times more likely to die on English grouse moors than other habitats, data shows.

Sensor created to detect dopamine, brain disorders, in seconds

5 days ago from Science Daily

Using nanotechnology, researchers have developed the first rapid detector for dopamine, a chemical that is believed to play a role in various diseases such as Parkinson's, depression and some cancers.

Researchers develop sensor to detect brain disorders in seconds

5 days ago from Physorg

Using nanotechnology, UCF researchers have developed the first rapid detector for dopamine, a chemical that is believed to play a role in various diseases such as Parkinson's, depression and some...

Go for a run or eat chocolate: A choice dictated by the cannabinoid receptors

5 days ago from Science Daily

A study reveals that the cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptors play an essential role in the choice between running and eating chocolatey food.

James Corden to host 2019 Tony Awards

5 days ago from UPI

James Corden of "Late Late Show" fame is set to host the 73rd annual Tony Awards which take place on June 9.

Raytheon nabs $97.7M for Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile production

5 days ago from UPI

The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems with a contract for low-rate initial production requirements of the defensive Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile.

'Insectageddon' is 'alarmist by bad design': Scientists point out the study's major flaws

5 days ago from Physorg

Amidst worldwide publicity and talks about 'Insectageddon': the extinction of 40% of the world's insects, as estimated in a recent scientific review, a critical response was published in the open-access...

BioRock and roll

5 days ago from European Space Agency

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Microbial experiment ‘dry run’ yields gorgeous results

Monarch butterflies face hardships on fall migration

5 days ago from UPI

Monarchs face a wider array of threats than scientists previously realized, according to a new survey of the butterfly's annual southerly migration.

New model IDs primate species with potential to spread Zika in the Americas

5 days ago from Physorg

In the Americas, primate species likely to harbor Zika—and potentially transmit the virus—are common, abundant, and often live near people. So reports a new study published today in Epidemics. Findings...

CRISPR gene editing: Why we need Slow Science

5 days ago from Physorg

In a newly published article in Nature, a group of prominent scientists and ethicists have called for a moratorium on clinical research using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing.

Discovery of parasitic arsenic cycle may offer glimpse of life in future, warmer oceans

5 days ago from Science Daily

A newly discovered parasitic cycle, in which ocean bacteria keep phytoplankton on an energy-sapping treadmill of nutrient detoxification, may offer a preview of what further ocean warming will bring.

Eating fish may help prevent asthma

5 days ago from Science Daily

An innovative study has revealed new evidence that eating fish can help prevent asthma.

The secret lives of salmon: Scientists make surprising discoveries on Gulf of Alaska expedition

An international team of researchers collected thousands of samples and pioneered a new DNA testing method to learn more about salmon survival in the North Pacific in the first comprehensive...

Aerial imaging of plant heights could help farmers manage field crops more effectively

5 days ago from Physorg

Monitoring the growth patterns of crop plants provides farmers with a strong indication of potential yield, allowing them to tweak crop management to boost production. Now, KAUST researchers have demonstrated...

Butterfly numbers down by two-thirds—scientists call for a change in agricultural approaches

5 days ago from Physorg

Together with a German/Polish team, Senckenberg scientist Thomas Schmitt studied the effects of various land use models on the butterfly fauna. The researchers show that meadows adjacent to high-intensity agricultural...

Researchers show best methods to help endangered woodpecker

5 days ago from Physorg

The best methods to help an endangered woodpecker in Alabama thrive are installation of artificial homes and controlled burning in forests, according to research from The University of Alabama.

Giving marsupials scents from suitors helps breeding programs

5 days ago from Physorg

Smell is a vital part of sexual attraction for all kinds of animals (including humans). We may be able to use smell to improve breeding programs by giving the female...

Discovery of parasitic arsenic cycle may offer glimpse of life in future, warmer oceans

5 days ago from Physorg

A newly discovered parasitic cycle, in which ocean bacteria keep phytoplankton on an energy-sapping treadmill of nutrient detoxification, may offer a preview of what further ocean warming will bring.

Superbugs have colonized the International Space Station — but there’s a silver lining

5 days ago from Science Blog

Astronauts leave behind many things when they boldly go. Bacteria, however, stay with them. Extreme spaceflight conditions can force these bacteria to toughen up, while simultaneously lowering the immune defenses...

For Native Americans, U.S.-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line'

5 days ago from UPI

Immigration restrictions have long made life difficult for Native Americans who live along - and across - the U.S.-Mexico border.

From foam to bone: Plant cellulose can pave the way for healthy bone implants

5 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed what could be the bone implant material of the future: an airy, foamlike substance from plant cellulose that can be injected into the body and provide scaffolding...

Study explaining side effects of statins finds drug can have unexpected benefits

5 days ago from Science Daily

By suppressing the activity of key cellular receptors called G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and their interacting partners called G proteins, statins have the potential to alter various bodily functions controlled...