Plants & Animals News
February 18, 2020

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Rising sea surface temperatures and acidic waters could eliminate nearly all existing coral reef habitats by 2100, suggesting restoration projects in these areas will likely ... read more
Researchers have for the first time developed a genome the size of a minimal cell that can ... read more
Brain imprints on cranial bones from great apes and humans refute the long-held notion that the human pattern of brain asymmetry is unique, according to ... read more
A new group of antibiotics with a unique approach to attacking bacteria has been discovered, making it a promising clinical candidate in the fight against ... read more
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Warming Oceans Are Getting Louder

One of the ocean's loudest creatures is smaller than you'd expect -- and will get even louder and more troublesome to humans and sea life as the ocean warms, according to new ... read more

Oversight of Fishing Vessels Lacking, New Analysis Shows

Policies regulating fishing in international waters do not sufficiently protect officials who monitor illegal fishing, the prohibited dumping of equipment, or human trafficking or other human rights ... read more

How Malaria Detects and Shields Itself from Approaching Immune Cells

Malaria parasites can sense a molecule produced by approaching immune cells and then use it to protect themselves from destruction, according to new ... read more

Crops Provide Chimpanzees With More Energy Than Wild Foods

A new study has found that cultivated foods offer chimpanzees in West Africa more energetic benefits than wild foods available in the region. The findings have made a significant development for our ... read more

Antioxidant in Mushrooms May Relieve Features of 'Pregnancy Hypertension'

A new study in rats suggests that the natural antioxidant L-ergothioneine could alleviate the characteristics of ... read more

Ancient Plant Foods Discovered in Arnhem Land, Australia

The new study includes the earliest evidence of Homo sapiens use of plant foods outside Africa and the Middle ... read more

To Help Wildlife Move, Researchers Map Both Natural and Legal Boundaries

Researchers have developed a way to find the path of least resistance in creating wildlife corridors by mapping not only habitat but also the types of legal authority governing the landscape. They ... read more

Major Study Shows Climate Change Can Cause Abrupt Impacts on Dryland Ecosystems

A study finds for the first time that as levels of aridity increase due to climate change, abrupt changes are experienced on dryland ... read more

Rare Bats in Decline

A study led by Susan Tsang, a former Fulbright Research Fellow from The City College of New York, reveals dwindling populations and widespread hunting throughout Indonesia and the Philippines of the ... read more

Researchers Study How Birds Retweet News

Every social network has its fake news. And in animal communication networks, even birds discern the trustworthiness of their neighbors, a new study ... read more

Unique Reproductive Trait for Seagrass

New research reveals that species of the seagrass genus Posidonia have evolved a remarkable adaptation for ocean survival: a winged seed whose shape harnesses the force of underwater currents to hold ... read more

New Pathogenic Mechanism for Influenza NS1 Protein Found

Researchers report the biological effects of influenza protein NS1 binding to RIG-I -- the binding directly quiets the alarm that activates the cellular innate immunity defense against the infection. ... read more

5200-Year-Old Grains in the Eastern Altai Mountains Redate Trans-Eurasian Crop Exchange

Cereals from the Fertile Crescent and broomcorn millet from northern China spread across the ancient world, integrating into complex farming systems that used crop-rotation cycles enabled by the ... read more

Green Tea Extract Combined With Exercise Reduces Fatty Liver Disease in Mice

The combination of green tea extract and exercise reduced the severity of obesity-related fatty liver disease by 75% in mice fed a high-fat diet, according to researchers, whose recent study may ... read more

Spread of Coronavirus Underestimated, Review Finds

The coronavirus probably has a stronger ability to spread than the World Health Organization has estimated so far, according to a review of previous studies of the coronavirus' ... read more

Cocoa Could Bring Sweet Relief to Walking Pain for People With Peripheral Artery Disease

Patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) who consumed a flavanol-rich cocoa beverage three times daily for six months saw significant improvements in their 6-minute walking distance compared to ... read more

Mechanism of Controlling Autophagy by Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation Revealed

Scientists elucidated characteristics of PAS through observing the Atg protein using a fluorescence microscope and successfully reconstituted PAS in vitro. The team revealed, for the first time, that ... read more

Caribbean Sharks in Need of Large Marine Protected Areas

Governments must provide larger spatial protections in the Greater Caribbean for threatened, highly migratory species such as sharks, is the call from a diverse group of marine ... read more

Tourists Pose Continued Risks for Disease Transmission to Endangered Mountain Gorillas

New research shows that humans place endangered mountain gorillas at risk of disease transmission during tourism ... read more

Polymers to the Rescue! Saving Cells from Damaging Ice

Chemists provide the foundation to design efficient polymers that can prevent the growth of ice that damages ... read more

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