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  • First evidence of feathered polar dinosaurs found in Australia
    on November 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    A cache of 118 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur and bird feathers has been recovered from an ancient lake deposit that once lay beyond the southern polar circle.

  • Larger than life: Augmented ants
    on November 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    The first app of its kind allows users to interact with biodiversity research through augmented reality.

  • Miniature fanged 'deer' rediscovered tiptoeing through Vietnam's coastal forests
    on November 11, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Biologists have rediscovered a species lost to science since 1990 called a silver-backed chevrotain -- a deer-like species that is the size of a rabbit, has a silver sheen, and has been hanging on in a region of Vietnam ravaged by poaching by snares.

  • How two strains of one bacterium combine to cause flesh-eating infection
    on November 11, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    A new study used genetic analysis to reveal how two different strains of a single species of flesh-eating bacteria worked in concert to become more dangerous than either one strain alone. The work suggests that other difficult-to-treat infections may be polymicrobial and treating only one organism in a polymicrobial infection could be the cause of many secondary infections and chronic infections that resist treatment.

  • Finding Nemo's cousins: Meet the little fish that can see UV light
    on November 11, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    New research reveals anemonefish can see UV light and may use it as a secret channel find their friends and food, while evading predators.

  • DNA is only one among millions of possible genetic molecules
    on November 11, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Biology encodes information in DNA and RNA, complex molecules finely tuned to their functions. Although, other nucleic acid-like polymers are known, yet much remains unknown regarding possible alternatives for hereditary information storage. Using computational methods, scientists explored the chemical space of stable nucleic acid analogues, finding over one million variants. This suggests a vast unexplored universe of chemistry relevant to pharmacology, biochemistry and efforts to understand the origins of life.

  • Creating fake rhino horn with horse hair to help in saving the endangered rhino
    on November 8, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Scientists have invented a way to create fake rhino horn using horse hair.

  • Cytoplasm of scrambled frog eggs organizes into cell-like structures
    on November 6, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    The cytoplasm of ruptured Xenopus frog eggs spontaneously reorganizes into cell-like compartments, according to a study.

  • Microbes harvest electrons: Novel process discovered
    on November 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    New work reveals how one kind of bacteria 'eats' electricity by pulling in electrons straight from an electrode source.

  • From cone snail venom to pain relief
    on November 4, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Conotoxins are bioactive peptides found in the venom that marine cone snails produce for prey capture and defense. They are used as pharmacological tools to study pain signalling and have the potential to become a new class of analgesics. Scientists have now provided an overview on the status quo of conotoxin research.

  • Complex society discovered in birds
    on November 4, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    The first existence of a multilevel society in a non-mammalian animal shows that large brains are not a requirement for complex societies.

  • Deep sea vents had ideal conditions for origin of life
    on November 4, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    By creating protocells in hot, alkaline seawater, a research team has added to evidence that the origin of life could have been in deep-sea hydrothermal vents rather than shallow pools.

  • Stuck in a Polish nuclear weapon bunker cannibal wood ants found the way home
    on November 4, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Coming back to their 2016 study of a wood ant colony of workers trapped in a post-Soviet nuclear weapon bunker in Poland, a research team sought to determine how exactly the unexpected colony managed to survive for so long.

  • Ornament with eagle talons from Neanderthal Period
    on November 1, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    For the first time, researchers found evidence of the ornamental uses of eagle talons in the Iberian Peninsula.

  • Ancient rhinos roamed the Yukon
    on October 31, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Paleontologists have used modern tools to identify the origins of a few fragments of teeth found more than four decades ago by a schoolteacher in the Yukon.

  • Electrifying science: New study describes conduction through proteins
    on October 31, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Researchers investigated a recently discovered feat carried out by enzymes, and most likely, all proteins. Under proper conditions, they can act as superb conductors of electricity, permitting them to be incorporated into a range of electronic devices.

  • Dolphins demonstrate coordinated cooperation
    on October 28, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Researchers investigated the cooperative abilities of dolphins. Utilizing a simplified Hirata Task, the team found that dolphins coordinated their behavior to work together on a shared task. Specifically, the 'initiator' would wait on their partner and the 'follower' would coordinate their swimming speed to match the initiator's behavior.

  • Did an extraterrestrial impact trigger the extinction of ice-age animals?
    on October 25, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Based on research at White Pond near Elgin, South Carolina, archaeologists present new evidence of a controversial theory that suggests an extraterrestrial body crashing to Earth almost 13,000 years ago caused the extinction of many large animals and a probable population decline in early humans.

  • Massive fangs and a death crush: How a 370 million year old tetrapod hunted and killed
    on October 24, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    The habits of a needle-toothed tetrapod which lived more than 370 million years ago have filled in a piece of the evolutionary puzzle after an international team of palaeontologists pieced together fossilized skeletons and found unusual characteristics such as a crocodile-like skull with high positioned eyes would have been used to 'keep an eye' on prey before it used its slender needle-like teeth and elastic jaw to snatch its kill and crush it to death.

  • By cutting out one gene, researchers remove a tadpole's ability to regenerate
    on October 23, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Tadpoles that can typically regrow amputated tails or limbs lost their ability to regenerate after researchers blocked the expression of a newly identified gene that is one of the drivers for this regrowth. Furthermore, scientists hypothesize that the loss of appendage regeneration in warm-blooded animals might have been caused by the gain or loss of this gene, dubbed c-Answer, in an ancestor's genome during evolution.

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