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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The fruits of life

Among flowering plants, the rose family (called Rosaceae) displays an incredible diversity, including classic reds like the American beauty. But in addition to ornamentals making the perfect romantic ..

How snakes lost a blueprint for making limbs

Credit: Kvon et al./Cell 2016 Snakes lost their limbs over 100 million years ago, but scientists have struggled to identify the genetic changes involved. A Cell paper publishing October 20 sheds so..

Citrus greening disease pathogen has gut-wrenching effect on insect vector

Credit: Sheryl Sinkow/Boyce Thompson Institute ITHACA, NY--The bacterium that causes citrus greening disease is not only decimating citrus orchards, but wreaks havoc in the guts of the insect that tr..

First evidence of deep-sea animals ingesting microplastics

Scientists working in the mid-Atlantic and south-west Indian Ocean have found evidence of microfibers ingested by deep sea animals including hermit crabs, squat lobsters and sea cucumbers, revealing for the first...

Scientists discover how cells put the brakes on protein production

A new scientific study conducted by a team of leading geneticists has characterized how cells know when to stop translating DNA into proteins, a critical step in maintaining healthy protein levels...

Human and avian running on uneven ground

Humans and birds adapt their movement when running on uneven ground. "And even though their adaptation mechanisms and strategies developed completely independently, they do so in very similar ways," says Dr...

Marine snow fuels life on the sea-floor

City-sized maps of terrain and life on the sea-floor have revealed that drifts of 'marine snow' on submarine hillsides act as a source of food to fuel a higher biomass of...

News from the primordial world

A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) offers a twist on a popular theory for how life on Earth began about four billion years ago. The study...

Choosing Correct Models

A group from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste has developed a faster and simpler methodology requiring modest resources for validating physical models ("descriptions" of molecule operation) of...

Shrubs more expansive than trees

Shrubs are more widespread than trees in nature and on Earth. A new study explains their global success. It turns out that the multiple stems of shrubs are of key importance....

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