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December 9, 2019

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Some stress at a young age could actually lead to a longer life, new research in ... read more
How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball ... read more
Ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early climate warm, and in ... read more
Over the course of several months, researchers created Escherichia coli strains that consume carbon dioxide for energy instead of organic compounds. This achievement in ... read more
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Reduced Soil Tilling Helps Both Soils and Yields

By monitoring crops through machine learning and satellite data, scientists have found farms that till the soil less can increase yields of corn and soybeans and improve the health of the soil -- a ... read more

Link Between Vitamin A and Brain Response in Monarch Butterflies

Biologists are making strides in understanding biological clock function in several model organisms and translating these studies into broader implications for human ... read more

Dial-a-Frog -- Researchers Develop the 'FrogPhone' to Remotely Call Frogs in the Wild

Researchers have developed the 'FrogPhone', a novel device which allows scientists to call up a frog survey site and monitor them in the wild. The FrogPhone is the world's first ... read more

Scientists Use Crabs to Validate Popular Method to Identify Unknown Human Brain Neurons

A crab's nervous system could help scientists learn what causes single neurons in the human brain to become 'out of whack,' which can contribute to the development of neurological ... read more

'Conductor' Gene Found in Plant Root Stem Cell 'Orchestra'

Researchers lift the veil on the 'conductor' plant root stem cell gene that helps orchestrate and coordinate stem cell division of different root stem cell types, ensuring the harmonic ... read more

Island 'Soundscapes' Show Potential for Evaluating Recovery of Nesting Seabirds

An important tool for monitoring seabird populations involves acoustic sensors deployed at nesting sites to record sounds over long periods of time. But analysis of the recordings to identify and ... read more

Assistance During First Years of Biology Major Leads to Higher Retention of First-Gen Students

Assistance during the first years of a biology major leads to higher retention of first-generation ... read more

Artificial Cells Act More Like the Real Thing

Protocells -- artificial cells -- that are active and mimic living cells by moving independently and that are biocompatible and enzymatically active are now possible using an improved ... read more

Open Source EEG Visualization Tool

Researchers have developed a free open source computer program that can be used to create visual and quantitative representations of brain electrical activity in laboratory animals in hopes of ... read more

Rats Exchange Information About Danger in a Reciprocal Fashion

Rats exchange information about danger in a reciprocal fashion, and this information transfer is at least partially mediated by a brain region called the anterior cingulate ... read more

Dull Teeth, Long Skulls, Specialized Bites Evolved in Unrelated Plant-Eating Dinosaurs

Herbivorous dinosaurs evolved many times during the 180 million-year Mesozoic era, and while they didn't all evolve to chew, swallow, and digest their food in the same way, a few specific ... read more

Nervous System Doesn't Merely Detect Salmonella, It Defends the Body Against It

Study in mice shows the nervous system not only detects the presence of Salmonella in the gut but actively stops the organism from infecting the ... read more

Immune System Can Be Coaxed Into Selecting Key Antibodies to Fight HIV

Researchers have cleared a major obstacle in the development of an HIV vaccine, proving in animal models that effective, yet short-lasting antibodies can be coaxed into multiplying as a fighting ... read more

Bats May Benefit from Wildfire

Bats face many threats -- from habitat loss and climate change to emerging diseases, such as white-nose syndrome. But it appears that wildfire is not among those ... read more

Physical Forces Affect Bacteria's Toxin Resistance, Study Finds

A random conversation between two researchers at a child's birthday party led to a collaboration and new understanding of how bacteria resist toxins, which may lead to new tools in the fight ... read more

How Flowers Adapt to Their Pollinators

The first flowering plants originated more than 140 million years ago in the early Cretaceous. They are the most diverse plant group on Earth with more than 300,000 species. Evolutionary biologists ... read more

New Marker for Insecticide Resistance in Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes

Researchers have genetically modified malaria carrying mosquitoes in order to demonstrate the role of particular genes in conferring insecticide ... read more

Detailed Insight Into Stressed Cells

When cells are stressed, they initiate a complex and precisely regulated response to prevent permanent damage. One of the immediate reactions to stress signals is a reduction of protein synthesis ... read more

New Study Hints at Complex Decision Making in a Single-Cell Organism

In an effort to replicate an experiment conducted over a century ago, researchers present evidence confirming at least one single-cell organism -- the trumpet-shaped Stentor roeselii -- exhibits a ... read more

Lights on Fishing Nets Save Turtles and Dolphins

Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research ... read more

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