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  • Detecting bacteria in space
    on May 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    A new genomic approach provides a glimpse into the diverse bacterial ecosystem on the International Space Station. […]

  • Cocktails with Cleopatra?
    on May 22, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    A team of scientists in Israel has created ancient alcohol from ancient yeast. […]

  • Civil War plant medicines blast drug-resistant bacteria in lab tests
    on May 22, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    A new study based on a mostly forgotten guide to medicinal plants, 'Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests,' focuses on three of the plants and shows they inhibit bacteria associated with wound infections. […]

  • Flamingoes, elephants and sharks: How do blind adults learn about animal appearance?
    on May 21, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    They've never seen animals like hippos and sharks but adults born blind have rich insight into what they look like, a new study found. […]

  • Baby tiger sharks eat songbirds
    on May 21, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Tiger sharks have a reputation for being the 'garbage cans of the sea' -- they'll eat just about anything, from dolphins and sea turtles to rubber tires. And in a new study, scientists just discovered that baby tiger sharks eat birds. And not seabirds like gulls or pelicans -- familiar backyard birds like sparrows, woodpeckers, and doves. In short: Baby sharks, doo doo doo doo doo doo They eat birds, doo doo doo doo doo doo […]

  • In a first, researchers identify reddish coloring in an ancient fossil
    on May 21, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Researchers have for the first time detected chemical traces of red pigment in an ancient fossil -- an exceptionally well-preserved mouse, not unlike today's field mice, that roamed the fields of what is now the German village of Willershausen around 3 million years ago. […]

  • Anxiety might be alleviated by regulating gut bacteria
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    People who experience anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements, suggests a review of studies. […]

  • Bonobo mothers help their sons to have more offspring
    on May 20, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    New research finds that bonobo mothers take action to ensure their sons will become fathers. This way bonobo mothers increase their sons' chance of fatherhood three-fold. […]

  • Dog-like robot made by students jumps, flips and trots
    on May 20, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Students developed a dog-like robot that can navigate tough terrain -- and they want you to make one too. […]

  • Synthetic biologists hack bacterial sensors
    on May 20, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Synthetic biologists have hacked bacterial sensing with a plug-and-play system that could be used to mix-and-match tens of thousands of sensory inputs and genetic outputs. […]

  • Owning a dog is influenced by our genetic make-up
    on May 17, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic variation explains more than half of the variation in dog ownership, implying that the choice of getting a dog is heavily influenced by an individual's genetic make-up. […]

  • Scientists find new type of cell that helps tadpoles' tails regenerate
    on May 16, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Researchers have uncovered a specialized population of skin cells that coordinate tail regeneration in frogs. These 'Regeneration-Organizing Cells' help to explain one of the great mysteries of nature and may offer clues about how this ability might be achieved in mammalian tissues. […]

  • True identity of imposter 'pigs' on 17th century map overturns early colonial history of Barbados
    on May 16, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Which came first, the pigs or the pioneers? In Barbados, that has been a historical mystery ever since the first English colonists arrived in 1627 to encounter what they thought was a herd of wild European pigs. Research is shedding new light on the mystery and the altering of New World environments. […]

  • Fecal microbiota transplant found safe and effective in children with C. difficile
    on May 16, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), or the transfer of stool from a healthy donor to a patient, has been found effective in reversing severe, recurring diarrheal infections from Clostridiodes difficile in adults by restoring a normal microbiome. Now, the largest study to date of FMT in children finds the procedure to be safe and effective in eradicating an infection that is on the rise among children, even those without known risk factors. […]

  • Bedbugs evolved more than 100 million years ago
    on May 16, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Bedbugs -- some of the most unwanted human bed-mates -- have been parasitic companions with other species aside from humans for more than 100 million years, walking the earth at the same time as dinosaurs. […]

  • Jawless fish take a bite out of the blood-brain barrier
    on May 15, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    A jawless parasitic fish could help lead the way to more effective treatments for multiple brain ailments, including cancer, trauma and stroke. Researchers borrowed molecules from the immune system of the parasitic sea lamprey to deliver anti-cancer drugs directly to brain tumors. […]

  • Chewing gums reveal the oldest Scandinavian human DNA
    on May 15, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    The first humans who settled in Scandinavia more than 10,000 years ago left their DNA behind in ancient chewing gums, which are masticated lumps made from birch bark pitch. […]

  • In guppy courtship, the unusual male wins
    on May 15, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    In a new study, researchers found that female guppies often choose a mate that physically stands out from the rest of the pack because of a common type of learning called habituation. Through habituation, animals -- in this case guppies -- stop responding to a stimulus after prolonged exposure. […]

  • Escaped pet parrots are now naturalized in 23 US states, study finds
    on May 14, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Research data on bird sightings finds that 56 different parrot species have been spotted in 43 states, and 25 of those species are now breeding in the wild in 23 different states. […]

  • Traces of crawling in Italian cave give clues to ancient humans' social behavior
    on May 14, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Using multiple methods of analysis, researchers have identified the movements of a group of humans as they explored an Italian cave system during the late Stone Age. […]

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