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Changing tides: Lake Michigan could best support lake trout and steelhead

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:06:31 EDT - Invasive mussels and less nutrients from tributaries have altered the Lake Michigan ecosystem, making it more conducive to the stocking of lake trout and steelhead than Chinook salmon, according to a recent US Geological Survey and Michigan State University study.


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Comparing the jaws of porcupine fish reveals three new species

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:06:15 EDT - Researchers compared fossil porcupine fish jaws and tooth plates collected on expeditions to Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil with those from museum specimens and modern porcupine fish, revealing three new species.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816160615.htm
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Problems with DNA replication can cause epigenetic changes that may be inherited for several generations

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:53:57 EDT - Scientists reveal that a fault in the process that copies DNA during cell division can cause epigenetic changes that may be inherited for up-to five generations. They also identified the cause of these epigenetic changes, which is related to the loss of a molecular mechanism in charge of silencing genes. Their results will change the way we think about the impact of replication stress in cancer and during embryonic development, as well as its inter-generational inheritance.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816145357.htm
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Larvaceans provide a pathway for transporting microplastics into deep-sea food webs

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:51:49 EDT - A new article shows that filter-feeding animals called giant larvaceans can collect and consume microplastic particles, potentially carrying microplastics to the deep seafloor.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816145149.htm
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Heavily-used pesticide linked to breathing problems in farmworkers' children

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:32:59 EDT - New study finds that elemental sulfur is linked to reduced lung function, more asthma-related symptoms and higher asthma medication use in children living about a half-mile or less from farms that use the pesticide.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816143259.htm
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Boron nitride foam soaks up carbon dioxide

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:18:30 EDT - Researchers have created a reusable hexagonal-boron nitride foam that soaks up more than three times its weight in carbon dioxide.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816141830.htm
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Mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth solved

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:47:27 EDT - Research has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist.


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Using barcodes to trace cell development

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:46:45 EDT - There are various concepts about how blood cells develop. However, they are based almost exclusively on experiments that solely reflect snapshots. Scientists now present a novel technique that captures the process in a dynamic way. Using a 'random generator,' the researchers label hematopoietic stem cells with genetic barcodes that enable them to trace which cell types arise from the stem cell.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816134645.htm
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Modern genetic sequencing tools give clearer picture of how corals are related

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:46:38 EDT - As corals face threats from ocean warming, a new study uses the latest genetic-sequencing tools to help unravel the relationships between three similar-looking corals.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816134638.htm
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Soil microbes persist through National Mall facelift

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:02:57 EDT - It's not every day United States history mixes with microbes in the soil. But when the turf on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was replaced, it offered scientists the opportunity to study changes in the soil microbiome underneath.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816100257.htm
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Biophysics explains how immune cells kill bacteria

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:02:37 EDT - A new data analysis technique, moving subtrajectory analysis defines the dynamics and kinetics of key molecules in the immune response to an infection. These biophysical descriptions are expected to clarify the TCR microcluster, an essential assembly for a T cell to initiate its attack on a pathogen.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816100237.htm
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New plant discovered in Shetland

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:02:33 EDT - Scientists have discovered a new type of plant growing in Shetland -- with its evolution only having occurred in the last 200 years.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816100233.htm
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Turning pollen into a low-cost fertilizer

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:02:13 EDT - As the world population continues to balloon, agricultural experts puzzle over how farms will produce enough food to keep up with demand. One tactic involves boosting crop yields. Toward that end, scientists have developed a method to make a low-cost, biocompatible fertilizer with carbon dots derived from rapeseed pollen. The study found that applying the carbon dots to hydroponically cultivated lettuce promoted its growth by 50 percent.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816100213.htm
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Popular sungazer lizards under threat from poaching

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:02:08 EDT - The sungazer (Smaug giganteus), a dragon-like lizard species endemic to the Highveld regions of South Africa, is facing an assault on two fronts as farming and industrialization encroaches on its natural habitat -- which already consist of only a several hundred square kilometers globally -- while the illegal global pet trade is adding pressure on pushing the species into extinction.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816100208.htm
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A decade of monitoring shows the dynamics of a conserved Atlantic tropical forest

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:02:05 EDT - Characterized with high levels of biodiversity and endemism, the Atlantic Tropical Forest has been facing serious anthropogenic threats over the last several decades. Having put important ecosystem services at risk, such activities need to be closely studied as part of the forest dynamics. Thus, a Brazilian team of researchers spent a decade monitoring a semi-deciduous forest located in an ecological park in Southeast Brazil.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816100205.htm
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David Attenborough gains new species namesake

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:38 EDT - A new species of damselfly from the Cretaceous period has been named after the iconic naturalist and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816090038.htm
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Predators preserve existing animal species

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:55:39 EDT - A new study increases knowledge of how boundaries and barriers are maintained between different species in the animal world. According to theory, crosses between two species, known as hybrids, may not survive encounters with natural predators to the same degree as their parents. Now, researchers show that reality confirms this theory.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816085539.htm
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Mosses used to evaluate atmospheric conditions in urban areas

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:54:43 EDT - Researchers have developed a method to evaluate atmospheric conditions using mosses (bryophytes) in urban areas, a development that could facilitate broader evaluations of atmospheric environments.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816085443.htm
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Stress in the nest can have lifelong effect

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:50:35 EDT - Why do some sparrows hatch six chicks while others don’t hatch any? How does upbringing affect the remainder of their lives? Physiological stress in the nest can actually affect birds’ DNA and possibly their lifespan.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816085035.htm
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How friction evolves during an earthquake

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:49:35 EDT - Using high-speed photography and digital image correlation techniques, engineers show that friction along a faultline has a complex evolution during an earthquake that is dictated, in part, by slip velocity: the sliding of the two sides of the fault against one another.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816084935.htm
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Supervolcanoes: A key to America's electric future?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:49:29 EDT - Researchers show that lake sediments preserved within ancient supervolcanoes can host large lithium-rich clay deposits. A domestic source of lithium would help meet the rising demand for this valuable metal, which is critical for modern technology.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816084929.htm
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The irresistible fragrance of dying vinegar flies

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:49:27 EDT - Vinegar flies should normally try to avoid their sick conspecifics to prevent becoming infected themselves. Nevertheless they are irresistibly attracted to the smell given off by sick flies. A dramatic increase in the production of the sex pheromones responsible for the attractive odor of the infected flies is caused by pathogens: this perfidious strategy is used by the deadly germs to enable them to infect healthy flies and spread even further.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170816084927.htm
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The key to drought-tolerant crops may be in the leaves

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:58:36 EDT - Scientists are exploring how to generate plants that are more drought-resistant as the water supplies decline in major agricultural states.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815145836.htm
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Seven complete specimens of new flower, all 100 million years old

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:17:16 EDT - A Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus rex bulling its way through a pine forest likely dislodged flowers that 100 million years later have been identified in their fossilized form as a new species of tree.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815141716.htm
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Eating habits affect skin's protection against sun

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:17:12 EDT - Sunbathers may want to avoid midnight snacks before catching some rays, new research recommends. A study in mice shows that eating at abnormal times disrupts the biological clock of the skin, including the daytime potency of an enzyme that protects against the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815141712.htm
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Frogs that adapt to pesticides are more vulnerable to parasites

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:17:09 EDT - Amphibians can evolve increased tolerance to pesticides, but the adaptation can make them more susceptible to parasites, according to a team of scientists.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815141709.htm
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Compounds in desert creosote bush could treat giardia, 'brain-eating' amoeba infections

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:50:50 EDT - Researchers have found that compounds produced by the creosote bush, a desert plant common to the Southwestern United States, exhibit potent anti-parasitic activity against the protozoa responsible for giardia infections and an amoeba that causes an often-lethal form of encephalitis.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815135050.htm
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Understanding antibiotic resistance

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:49:55 EDT - Researchers have uncovered new insights into how bacteria respond to stress. When deprived of nutrients, strains of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae mount a coordinated defense. When exposed to antibiotics, the bacterial response is highly disorganized, revealing the bacteria are far less familiar with antibiotics and do not recognize how to respond.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815124955.htm
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Adding silicon to soil to strengthen plant defenses

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:14:50 EDT - Researchers have examined the addition of silicon to the soil in which plants are grown to help strengthen plants against potential predators.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815121450.htm
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How a nutrient, glutamine, can control gene programs in cells

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:05:45 EDT - Researchers show that an intracellular metabolite of glutamine, alpha-ketoglutarate, plays a role in regulating cellular differentiation programs by changing the DNA-binding patterns of the transcription factor CTCF and by altering genome interactions. As an added level of gene program control complexity, they have found that the genome's context near the binding sites -- such as epigenetic changes or altered genome topology -- affects whether the binding turns on or turns off gene programs.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815120545.htm
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Solar panels: Nanotechnology gives green energy a green color

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:05:04 EDT - Solar panels have tremendous potential to provide affordable renewable energy, but many people see traditional black and blue panels as eyesores. Architects, homeowners and city planners may be more open to the technology if they could install colorful, efficient solar panels, and a new study brings us one step closer. Researchers have developed a method for imprinting existing solar panels with silicon nanopatterns that scatter green light back toward an observer.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815120504.htm
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The lining of our intestines uses business process for fast digestion

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:04:58 EDT - Every time we swallow food, cells that line the intestines must step up their activity in a sudden and dramatic manner. According to a new study, they rise to the challenge in the most economic fashion.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815120458.htm
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Climate change projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US freshwaters

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:04:44 EDT - Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815120444.htm
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Rhapsody in red violet

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:11:15 EDT - A new study has now opened the way to numerous potential uses of betalains, the highly nutritious red-violet and yellow pigments known for their antioxidant properties and commonly used as food dyes.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815111115.htm
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Epigenetic drugs show promise as antivirals

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:10:10 EDT - Some epigenetic pharmaceuticals have the potential to be used as broad spectrum antivirals, according to a new study. The study demonstrated that histone methyltransferases EZH2/1 inhibitors, which are being used in cancer clinical trials, have activity against a variety of viruses, including herpes simplex virus (HSV).


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815111010.htm
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Archeologists uncover new economic history of ancient Rome

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:09:40 EDT - Researchers are the first to successfully excavate the Roman villa of Durreueli at Realmonte, located off the southern coast of Sicily.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815110940.htm
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Neural mechanisms for gregariousness and monogamy in zebra finches

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:51:56 EDT - Researchers describe neural mechanisms for gregariousness and monogamy in zebra finches in a new article.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095156.htm
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'Acidic patch' regulates access to genetic information

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:51:52 EDT - Researchers have uncovered new details about the way in which DNA, which is tightly packed into the cell's nucleus, is unwound so that it can be read and transcribed into proteins.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095152.htm
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How head-on collisions of DNA protein machines stop replication

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:51:35 EDT - Head-on collisions between the protein machines that crawl along chromosomes can disrupt DNA replication and boost gene mutation rates. This may be one of the ways bacteria control their evolution by accelerating mutations in key genes when coping with new conditions. Some mutations may help bacteria survive hostile environments, resist antibiotics or fend off immune attacks.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095135.htm
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Plant-produced polio vaccines could help eradicate age-old disease

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:51:26 EDT - Plants have been used to produce a new vaccine against poliovirus in what is hoped to be a major step towards global eradication of the disease.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095126.htm
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Human intrusion on fruit bat habitats raises exposure risk to Hendra virus in Australia

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:51:24 EDT - There is a rising risk of human and domestic animal exposure to deadly Hendra virus (HeV) carried by fruit bats in Eastern Australia due to human intrusion into their habitats, human proximity to woodlands and vegetation loss, a new study reveals.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095124.htm
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Mystery of 8,500-year-old copper-making event revealed through materials science

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:51:11 EDT - Stone Age metallurgical 'slag' from Turkey -- once thought to be the earliest known example of copper smelting in western Eurasia -- now re-identified as incidentally fired green copper pigment.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095111.htm
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Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:50:49 EDT - Scientists have explored alternative reasons for climate change denial, specifically economic, social or cultural influences on why individuals or entire communities remain skeptical of climate change.


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Kansas well owners, non-well owners have different watering routines during droughts

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:50:46 EDT - A researcher who examines water conservation policy and the habits of well owners in Kansas found that well owners are more likely to found that well ownership is significantly correlated to increased watering during droughts.


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New genomic insights reveal a surprising two-way journey for apple on the Silk Road

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:50:41 EDT - New research reveals surprising insights into the genetic exchange along the Silk Road that brought us the modern apple.


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Unique imaging of a dinosaur's skull tells evolutionary tale

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:50:38 EDT - Researchers using Los Alamos' unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095038.htm
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An immune signaling pathway for control of yellow fever virus infection

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:50:35 EDT - Researchers have uncovered a critical role for a new immune signaling pathway in controlling infection by the flavivirus Yellow Fever Virus (YFV).


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095035.htm
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Mercury is altering gene expression

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:50:30 EDT - Mercury causes severe neurological disorders in people who have consumed highly contaminated fish. Whereas we know about the element's extreme toxicity, what happens further down the food chain, all the way down to those microalgae that are the first level and the gateway for mercury? By employing molecular biology tools, a team of researchers measured the way mercury affects the gene expression of algae, even when its concentration in water is very low.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095030.htm
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3D printing living tissues to form living structures

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:50:09 EDT - Scientists have developed a new method to 3D-print laboratory- grown cells to form living structures. The approach could revolutionize regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support, repair or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095009.htm
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Air pollution linked to cardiovascular disease; air purifiers may lessen impact

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:19:58 EDT - Exposure to fine particulate matter via air pollution, led to increases in stress hormones and, in a study of healthy college students in China. Negative effects of pollution exposure decreased after using indoor air purifiers over a nine-day period.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814161958.htm
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Probiotics help poplar trees clean up contaminated groundwater

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:19:55 EDT - Researchers have conducted the first large-scale experiment on a Superfund site using poplar trees fortified with a probiotic -- or natural microbe -- to clean up groundwater contaminated with trichloroethylene, or TCE.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814161955.htm
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A way to stabilize haploidy in animal cells

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:15:33 EDT - The emergence, in recent years, of the first mammalian haploid cell lines has raised great expectations in the scientific community. Despite their potential, these cultures present some issues that make their use complicated because haploidy is unstable and can be lost quickly. Researchers now offer an explanation of this phenomenon and proposes a way to overcome it.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814151533.htm
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Viruses up their game in arms race with immune system

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:15:30 EDT - Myxoma virus -- introduced to control the rabbit population in Australia in 1950 -- has developed a deadly ability to suppress the immune response in host rabbits. This example of an evolutionary arms race highlights the potential for escalating virus virulence and host resistance to produce more dangerous viruses with implications for agriculture and human vaccination, where resistance to viruses is artificially increased through selective breeding, genetic engineering, and immunization, potentially accelerating the arms race.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814151530.htm
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How testosterone regulates singing in canaries

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:48:27 EDT - Testosterone controls specific features of birdsong in two distinct regions of the canary brain that resemble the human motor cortex, according to a new study. The research points to a role for sex hormones in the regulation of this complex behavior that is more precise than merely increasing motivation to sing.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814134827.htm
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Seeing a virus in action

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:00:22 EDT - Imaging the movement of a virus demonstrates that single-particle X- ray scattering has the potential to shed new light on key molecular processes, like viral infection, when paired with powerful new algorithms.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814130022.htm
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Killing bacteria by hacking plastics with silver and electricity

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:59:20 EDT - Researchers have developed an innovative way of hacking conducting plastics so as to prevent bacterial growth using silver nanoparticles and a small electrical current. The method could prove to be useful in preventing bacterial infections in hospitals.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814125920.htm
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Tiny fraction of oceans could meet world's fish demand

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:53:40 EDT - Covering 70 percent of Earth's surface, the world's oceans are vast and deep. So vast, in fact, that nearly every coastal country has the potential to meet its own domestic seafood needs through aquaculture. In fact, each country could do so using a tiny fraction of its ocean territory.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814125340.htm
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Neonics put bumblebees at risk of extinction by hindering colony formation, study reveals

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:10:57 EDT - Bumblebees are less able to start colonies when exposed to a common neonicotinoid pesticide, according to a new study. The research has shown that exposure to thiamethoxam reduces the chances of a bumblebee queen starting a new colony by more than a quarter. Using a mathematical model, the researchers found that this rate of decline could threaten extinction of wild bumblebee populations.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814121057.htm
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Ozone treaty taking a bite out of US greenhouse gas emissions

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:10:47 EDT - The Montreal Protocol, the international treaty adopted to restore Earth's protective ozone layer in 1989, has significantly reduced emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals from the United States. In a twist, a new study shows the 30-year old treaty has had a major side benefit of reducing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions from the US.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814121047.htm
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Varroa mites -- bees' archenemies -- have genetic holes in their armor

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:09:28 EDT - Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Scientists have found genetic holes in the pests' armor that could potentially reduce or eliminate the marauding invaders. The team's results have identified four genes critical for survival and two that directly affect reproduction.


Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814120928.htm
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