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December 7, 2019

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New research reveals how a week in the dark rewires brain cell networks and changes hearing sensitivity in adult mice long ... read more
Using an innovative microscopy method, scientists have revealed the structure of the microbial communities coating microplastic trash collected from a variety of ... read more
With a lot of ingenuity and a little luck, researchers monitored the heart rate of a blue whale in the wild. The measurement suggests that blue whale hearts are operating at ... read more

Dung Beetle Discovery Revises Biologists' Understanding of How Nature Innovates

The discovery that thoracic horns in dung beetles emerge from the same gene network as wings could revise how biologists understand 'innovation' in ... read more
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Sounds of the Past Give New Hope for Coral Reef Restoration

Young fish can be drawn to degraded coral reefs by loudspeakers playing the sounds of healthy reefs, according to new ... read more

Underwater Telecom Cables Make Superb Seismic Network

Photonic systems can transform underwater fiber-optic cables into a dense network of seismic stations to illuminate ocean-floor earthquake zones impossible to study today, according to a new study. ... read more

Unique Sled Dogs Helped the Inuit Thrive in the North American Arctic

The legacy of these Inuit dogs survives today in Arctic sled dogs, making them one of the last remaining descendant populations of indigenous, pre-European dog lineages in the ... read more

A Carnivorous Dinosaur Species Regrew All Its Teeth Every Few Months

A meat-eating dinosaur species that lived in Madagascar some 70 million years ago replaced all its teeth every couple of months or so, a new study has found, surprising even the researchers. In fact, ... read more

We Love Coffee, Tea, Chocolate and Soft Drinks So Much, Caffeine Is Literally in Our Blood

Scientists may have proven how much people love coffee, tea, chocolate, soda and energy drinks as they validated their new method for studying how different drugs interact in the ... read more

Leftover Grain from Breweries Could Be Converted Into Fuel for Homes

A researcher has developed a low cost technique to convert left over barley from alcohol breweries into carbon, which could be used as a renewable fuel for homes in winter, charcoal for summer ... read more

16-Million-Year-Old Fossil Shows Springtails Hitchhiking on Winged Termite

A newly reported, 16-million-year-old fossil is shedding light on how a group of tiny arthropods may have traversed the globe -- by ... read more

Dinosaur Skull Turns Paleontology Assumptions on Their Head

A team of researchers has unearthed a well-preserved Styracosaurus skull -- and its facial imperfections have implications for how paleontologists identify new species of dinosaurs. Nicknamed Hannah, ... read more

How Mantis Shrimp Make Sense of the World

A new study provides insight into how the small brains of mantis shrimp - fierce predators with keen vision that are among the fastest strikers in the animal kingdom - are able to make sense of a ... read more

Living at the Edge of an Active Volcano: Risk from Lava Flows on Mount Etna

On Mt. Etna volcano, inhabited areas have been inundated repeatedly by lava flows in historical times. The increasing exposure of a larger population, which has almost tripled in the area around Mt. ... read more

Self-Assembling System Uses Magnets to Mimic Specific Binding in DNA

Physicists are using the binding power of magnets to design self-assembling systems that potentially can be created in nanoscale ... read more

Scientists Develop Electrochemical Platform for Cell-Free Synthetic Biology

Scientists have developed the first direct gene circuit to electrode interface by combining cell-free synthetic biology with state-of-the-art nanostructured ... read more

Researchers have found a new survival mechanism for a commonly known type of bacteria. It can send out warning signals and thus make sure that other bacteria escape 'dangers' such as ... read more

Life Under Extreme Conditions at Hot Springs in the Ocean

Marine researchers decipher adaptation mechanisms of biological communities to an active volcano in ... read more

First Evidence of Bio-Essential Sugars in Meteorites

A new study has discovered meteorites containing RNA sugar, ribose, and other bio-important sugars; the first direct evidence of bio-essential sugars' delivery from space to the ... read more

Researchers Sequence Genome of the 'Devil Worm'

Researchers have sequenced the genome of a unique microscopic worm found one mile underground and called the 'Devil Worm' for its ability to survive in harsh, subsurface ... read more

Researchers Visualize Bacteria Motor in First Step Toward Human-Produced Electrical Energy

Humans, one day, may be able to produce their own electrical energy in the same way electric eels do, according to a research team. It's the ultimate goal that begins with understanding ... read more

An Ancient Snake's Cheekbone Sheds Light on Evolution of Modern Snake Skulls

Palaeontologists adds a new piece to the puzzle of snake ... read more

To Navigate, Flies Make Flexible Mental Maps of the World

Flies use visual cues to finesse their mental maps of the environment. Two new studies use virtual reality to show ... read more

Dog and Sheep Bones Help Injured Pigeons Fly Again

Sheep and dog bones can be whittled into orthopedic pins that stabilize pigeons' fractured wings, helping the fractures to heal properly without follow-up surgery. Researchers describe the ... read more

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