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Long-term study shows gender-based abortions lead to skewed gender population numbers

1 week ago from Physorg

A team of researchers from Singapore, the United Nations Population Division, and the U.S. has found that abortions based on gender lead to larger-than-thought distortions in gender ratios. In their...

Sterling K. Brown joins 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Season 3

1 week ago from UPI

"This Is Us" star Sterling K. Brown has joined the cast of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" Season 3.

'Captain Marvel' Is Full of Space (and 90s) Easter Eggs

1 week ago from Space.com

Easter comes a bit early for space fans of "Captain Marvel," since the film is embedded with space-related Easter eggs for attentive viewers.

Kintai Therapeutics launches to tackle the interface between the gut, immune system, and brain

1 week ago from C&EN

The startup, founded by Flagship Pioneering, is developing small-molecule drugs aimed at the gut microbiome, gut immune cells, and enteric nervous system

Gallery: America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2019

1 week ago from Live Science

The nonprofit American Rivers lists these 10 waterways as the most at-risk in the country.

Linkage is a drag: First wheat gene to rapidly convert defective traits for new

1 week ago from Physorg

When it comes to breeding better wheat varieties, often, though we seek to introduce desirable genes that increase yield, for example; these can come along with less wanted genes than...

Climate change threatens endangered sparrows

1 week ago from Physorg

A new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications finds that some sparrow species will go extinct within the century due to climate change.

Study: Pleasant smells could help people quit smoking

1 week ago from UPI

Could quitting tobacco involve something as simple as a pleasant scent? New research suggests it's possible.

The fluid that feeds tumor cells

1 week ago from MIT Research

Before being tested in animals or humans, most cancer drugs are evaluated in tumor cells grown in a lab dish. However, in recent years, there has been a growing realization that the...

Computer games for fish uncover why some prey lead and others follow

1 week ago from Science Daily

For the first time, researchers have shed new light on the evolution of different social roles within animal groups by exploring how fish predators target and attack groups of virtual...

New microscopy technique peers deep into the brain

1 week ago from Science Daily

Using new imaging technology, researchers can now record the activity of large populations of brain cells with unprecedented speed, and at new depths.

What makes a jellyfish?

1 week ago from Science Daily

Genomic study reveals how jellyfish develop into floating beauties, rather than staying stationary like corals or sea anemones.

Cause of rare genetic metabolic disorder

1 week ago from Science Daily

A new study is the first to identify a rarely-seen type of DNA mutation as the cause of an inherited metabolic disorder. Inherited metabolic disorders -- where the body can't...

To protect stem cells, plants have diverse genetic backup plans

1 week ago from Science Daily

When it comes to stem cell management, all flowering plants work to maintain the same status quo. Researchers have now identified the various strategies plants use to preserve a single,...

Watch: Duke star Zion Williamson declares for 2019 NBA Draft

1 week ago from UPI

Duke freshman phenom Zion Williamson will enter the 2019 NBA Draft after one season with the Blue Devils.

Pollen genes mutate naturally in only some strains of corn

1 week ago from Physorg

Pollen genes mutate naturally in only some strains of corn, according to Rutgers-led research that helps explain the genetic instability in certain strains and may lead to better breeding of...

Google searches reveal popular bird species

1 week ago from Physorg

Cross-referencing a decade of Google searches and citizen science observations, researchers have determined which of 621 North American bird species are currently the most popular and which characteristics of species...

Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker

1 week ago from Physorg

Officials say the first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park to be fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning.

Kenya's Maasai Mara: Facts About the Wildlife, Climate and Culture

1 week ago from Live Science

Watching more than 2 million wildebeest and other migrating mammals travel hundreds of miles is one of the many spectacular natural events that occur in the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Antimicrobial resistance gene: New gene variant is more resistant to hospital antiseptic

1 week ago from Science Daily

A team of investigators has discovered a new, more powerful variant on an antimicrobial resistance gene common among Staphylococcus species. The gene protects the bacteria from an antiseptic compound widely...

Low-calorie sweetener derived from lactose gets manufacturing boost from yeast

1 week ago from Physorg

The quest to satisfy the sweet tooth without adding to the waistline has a new weapon in its arsenal: a strain of yeast that can metabolize lactose, the sugar in...

Low-calorie sweetener derived from lactose gets manufacturing boost from yeast

1 week ago from Science Daily

The quest to satisfy the sweet tooth without adding to the waistline has a new weapon in its arsenal: a strain of yeast that can metabolize lactose, the sugar in...

Phenols in purple corn fight diabetes, obesity, inflammation in mouse cells

1 week ago from Science Daily

Scientists have developed new purple corn hybrids with differing combinations of phenols in the pericarp that fight obesity, inflammation and insulin resistance, a new study in mice suggests. The pericarp...

New compound allows bacterial communication to be controlled by light

1 week ago from Science Daily

Scientists have succeeded in incorporating a light-controlled switch into a molecule used by bacteria for quorum sensing -- a process by which bacteria communicate and subsequently control different cellular processes....

Engineering 'hairpins' increases CRISPR accuracy

1 week ago from Science Daily

Biomedical engineers have developed a method for improving the accuracy of the CRISPR genome editing technology by an average of 50-fold. The approach adds a short tail to the guide...

Watch: Snake takes a ride on moving car in Australia

1 week ago from UPI

An Australian family shared video of their unusual encounter with a snake that slithered out from under the hood of their car while they were driving.

Computer games for fish uncover why some prey lead and others follow

1 week ago from Physorg

For the first time, researchers have shed new light on the evolution of different social roles within animal groups by exploring how fish predators target and attack groups of virtual...

Of Mice and Microgravity: How Spacefaring Rodents Adapt to Life in Space (Video)

1 week ago from Space.com

Mice on Earth may like running in wheels, but mice in space apparently take advantage of the microgravity to run in circles by bouncing off the walls.