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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:52:57 EST
Growing sweet on tomatoes
Scientists have developed a method to produce sweeter, better-growing tomatoes.
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:23:33 EST
White matter damage caused by 'skunk-like' cannabis, study shows
Smoking high potency 'skunk-like' cannabis can damage a crucial part of the brain responsible for communication between the two brain hemispheres, according to a new study.
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:17:24 EST
Rapid plankton growth in ocean seen as sign of carbon dioxide loading
A microscopic marine alga is thriving in the North Atlantic to an extent that defies scientific predictions, suggesting swift environmental change as a result of increased carbon dioxide in the ocean.
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:40:41 EST
Bat immune receptors are one of a kind
In bats, Toll-like receptors, the first-line defense mechanism against invading pathogens, are different from other mammals. This suggests that the way bats recognize certain pathogens may be different than in other species and help explain why bats appear to suffer little from some pathogens which cause serious disease or mortality in other mammals.
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:40:35 EST
Ancient genetic components of sex determination in ants
Yin and Yang, Venus and Mars, the Moon and the Sun, however you want to describe it, becoming a female or a male can make a big difference in your life, and not just for human beings. Researchers have discovered the two ancient genetic components of sex determination in ants.
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:36:00 EST
Insect DNA extracted, sequenced from black widow spider web
Scientists extracted DNA from spider webs to identify the web's spider architect and the prey that crossed it, according to this proof-of-concept study.
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:00:13 EST
How cells 'climb' to build fruit fly tracheas
Fruit fly windpipes are much more like human blood vessels than the entryway to human lungs. To create that intricate network, fly embryonic cells must sprout "fingers" and crawl into place. Now researchers have discovered that a protein called Mipp1 is key to cells' ability to grow these fingers.
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:51:51 EST
Data scientists create world's first therapeutic venom database
What doesn't kill you could cure you. A growing interest in the therapeutic value of animal venom has led data scientists to create the first catalog of known animal toxins and their physiological effects on humans.
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:50:46 EST
For pigeons, follow the leader is a matter of speed
Many birds travel in flocks, sometimes migrating over thousands of miles. But how do the birds decide who will lead the way? Researchers now have some new insight based on studies in homing pigeons. For pigeons, it seems, leadership is largely a question of speed.
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:49:11 EST
Similar proteins protect the skin of humans, turtles
Genes for important skin proteins arose in a common ancestor shared by humans and turtles 310 million years ago, a genome comparison has discovered.
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