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  • Biological invisibility cloak: Elucidating cuttlefish camouflage
    on October 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Computational image analysis of behaving cuttlefish reveals principles of control and development of a biological invisibility cloak. […]

  • Sculpting bacteria into extreme shapes reveals the rugged nature of cell division
    on October 18, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Stars, triangles and pentagons demonstrate the adaptability and robustness of bacterial cell division machinery. […]

  • Massive organism is crashing on our watch
    on October 17, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Researchers have conducted the first complete assessment of the Pando aspen clone and the results show continuing deterioration of this 'forest of one tree.' While a portion of the famed grove is recovery nicely as a result of previous restoration, the majority of Pando (Latin for 'I Spread') is diminishing by attrition. […]

  • Sex or food? Decision-making in single-cell organisms
    on October 16, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Unicellular diatoms are able to adapt their behavior to different external stimuli based on an evaluation of their own needs. In experiments, Seminavis robusta diatoms directed their orientation either towards nutrient sources or mating partners, depending on the degree of starvation and the need to mate. […]

  • how climate change could cause global beer shortages
    on October 15, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Severe climate events could cause shortages in the global beer supply, according to new research. The study warns that increasingly widespread and severe drought and heat may cause substantial decreases in barley yields worldwide, affecting the supply used to make beer, and ultimately resulting in 'dramatic' falls in beer consumption and rises in beer prices. […]

  • Smallest ever Tylosaurus fossil sheds light on species
    on October 12, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    The smallest Tylosaurus mosasaur fossil ever found has been revealed in a new study, and surprisingly it lacks a trademark feature of the species. […]

  • Mouse pups with same-sex parents born in China using stem cells and gene editing
    on October 11, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Researchers were able to produce healthy mice with two mothers that went on to have normal offspring of their own. Mice from two dads were also born but only survived for a couple of days. The work looks at what makes it so challenging for animals of the same sex to produce offspring and suggests that some of these barriers can be overcome using stem cells and targeted gene editing. […]

  • Do lizards dream like us?
    on October 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Researchers have confirmed that lizards exhibit two sleep states, just like humans, other mammals, and birds. They corroborated the conclusions of a 2016 study on the bearded dragon and conducted the same sleep investigation on another lizard, the Argentine tegu. Their findings nevertheless point out differences between species, which raises new questions about the origin of sleep states. […]

  • This bacterium gets paid in gold
    on October 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Scientists have placed light-absorbing gold nanoclusters inside a bacterium, creating a biohybrid system that produces a higher yield of chemical products, such as biofuels, than previously demonstrated. The biohybrid captures sunlight and carbon dioxide to make chemicals useful not only on Earth but also in the exotic environment of space. […]

  • Scorpion census: Researchers update global record of medically significant scorpions
    on October 9, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Researchers have documented 104 scorpions spanning dozens of countries, providing a vital update to the global record of medically significant scorpions, or scorpions whose venom could be alternately gravely harmful or medically beneficial to human beings. […]

  • Amputation injury is communicated to opposing limbs
    on October 4, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    In research that extends knowledge about the physiology of regeneration and wound repair, biologists have discovered that amputation of one limb is immediately reflected in the bioelectric properties of the contralateral, or opposing, un-damaged limb of developing frogs. […]

  • The homing instinct of relocated snakes
    on October 4, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    A new study on the effects of relocating adders due to development has found that males will disperse from their release site -- with one even going so far as to return to his original home. […]

  • Genome of Japanese insect delicacy sheds light on history of Earth
    on October 4, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Scientists have shed light on the evolutionary biology and distribution of Stenopsyche caddisflies, a common insect in Japanese rivers and a local delicacy. The discovery also identified new genetic lineages among previously recognized species. […]

  • 3,500-year-old pumpkin spice? Archaeologists find the earliest use of nutmeg as a food
    on October 3, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    A new study describes the earliest-known use of nutmeg as a food ingredient, found at an archaeological site in Indonesia. […]

  • Genome of sea lettuce that spawns massive 'green tides' decoded
    on October 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Sea lettuce, a fast-growing seaweed that spawns massive 'green tides,' is a prolific thief, according to research that for the first time sequenced the genome of a green seaweed. […]

  • In tiny worms, researchers find spiking neurons -- and clues about brain computation
    on October 2, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Studying neurons in C. elegans, researchers made a surprising discovery: these roundworms, like most animals, process information using a digital, electric code. […]

  • Cobra cannibalism more prevalent than previously thought
    on October 2, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Researchers in South Africa's Kalahari Desert found a large male cape cobra devouring another smaller male of the same species. Surprised by the thought-to-be-rare event, they decided to investigate how common and widespread cannibalism was in cobras. […]

  • Making mice a tiny bit more human to study preterm birth
    on October 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Preterm birth remains a global epidemic linked to a lifetime of potential health complications. It also is difficult to study in living creatures -- especially the uniquely precise biology of preterm birth in humans. Researchers report successfully inserting just enough human DNA into transgenic laboratory mice that it allowed the team to study a unique part of human pregnancy compared to other animals. […]

  • Taste is key in promoting insect-based food
    on October 2, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Eating insects, instead of meat, could have significant environmental and health benefits. However, many people are disgusted by the idea of insects as food, so researchers are working to increase their appeal. A recent study finds that promoting insect-based food as pleasurable, luxurious and exotic -- rather than healthy or environmentally friendly -- could be an effective marketing strategy. […]

  • Set in amber, fossil ants help reconstruct evolution of fungus farming
    on October 1, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    A new study makes it clear that the constant threat of crop parasites repeatedly pushed evolution in strikingly similar directions in ants, creating structures that helped the ants reinforce their partnership with bacteria. […]

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