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Scientists block evolution's molecular nerve pruning in rodents
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers investigating why some people suffer from motor disabilities report they may have dialed back evolution's clock a few ticks by blocking molecular pruning of sophisticated brain-to-limb nerve connections in maturing mice. 21 hours
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
SCIENCE DAILY Biologists have gained important new insights by resolving with near-atomic clarity, the very first core membrane protein structure in the simplest known... 22 hours
Newfound Dino Looks Like the Creepy Love Child of a Turkey and an Ostrich
LIVE SCIENCE A farmer has discovered the remains of a dinosaur that could have passed for the ostrich-like cassowary in its day,... 22 hours
Control of species-dependent cortico-motoneuronal connections underlying manual dexterity
Science Magazine Superior manual dexterity in higher primates emerged together with the appearance of cortico-motoneuronal (CM) connections during the evolution of the mammalian corticospinal (CS) system. Previously thought to be specific to higher primates,... 23 hours
Flowering plant thought to be extinct seen in Vermont
PHYS.ORG Botanists in Vermont say a flowering plant long thought to be extinct in the state is making a comeback. 1 day
Newfound Dino Looks Like Creepy Love Child of a Turkey and Ostrich
LIVE SCIENCE A farmer has discovered the remains of a dinosaur that could have passed for the ostrich-like cassowary in its day, sporting the flightless bird's... 1 day
Galactic David and Goliath
SCIENCE DAILY The gravitational dance between two galaxies in our local neighbourhood has led to intriguing visual features in both as witnessed in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. The tiny NGC 1510 and its colossal neighbour NGC 1512 are at... 1 day
Hostage situation or harmony? Researchers rethink symbiosis
PHYS.ORG Relationships where two organisms depend on each other, known as symbiosis, evoke images of partnership and cooperation. But a new study in Nature Ecology and Evolution shows that, when it comes to certain microorganisms,... 1 day
Galactic David and Goliath
PHYS.ORG The gravitational dance between two galaxies in our local neighbourhood has led to intriguing visual features in both as witnessed in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. The tiny NGC 1510 and its colossal neighbour NGC 1512 are at... 1 day
New look at an old dinosaur: the rediscovery of the lost Austrosaurus site
PHYS.ORG The discovery of new bones belonging to a long-necked sauropod named Austrosaurus mckillopi has been announced by a team of Australian and... 1 day
Malaria already endemic in the Mediterranean by the Roman period
PHYS.ORG Malaria was already widespread on Sardinia by the Roman period, long before the Middle Ages, as indicated by research at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine of the University... 1 day
Malaria already widespread on Sardinia in the Roman period, research shows
NEWS MEDICAL Malaria was already widespread on Sardinia by the Roman period, long before the Middle Ages, as indicated by research at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine of the University... 1 day
A new bird which humans drove to extinction discovered in Azores
PHYS.ORG Inside the crater of a volcano on Graciosa Island in the Azores archipelago in the Atlantic, an international team of researchers has discovered the bones of... 1 day
Identifying major transitions in human cultural evolution
SCIENCE DAILY Over the past 10,000 years human cultures have expanded from small groups of hunter-gatherers to colossal and complexly organized societies. The secrets to how and why this major cultural transition occurred have largely remained... 2 days
Song Cultures of Humpback Whales Give Insight into Evolutionary Learning
SCI-NEWS.COM Culture was once thought to be what distinguishes humans from other animals. However, research by a... 2 days
New bird that humans drove to extinction discovered in Azores
SCIENCE DAILY Inside the crater of a volcano on Graciosa Island in the Azores archipelago, in the Atlantic Ocean, an international team of researchers has discovered the bones of a... 2 days
World gears up for electric cars despite bumps in road
PHYS.ORG Technological advances mean fossil fuel in cars could be phased out within decades but switching to electric carries its own environmental and economic concerns as more and more... 2 days
Large-mouthed fish was top predator after mass extinction
SCIENCE DAILY The food chains recovered more rapidly than previously assumed after Earth's most devastating mass extinction event about 252 million years ago as demonstrated by the fossilized skull of a large predatory fish... 2 days
Identifying major transitions in human cultural evolution
PHYS.ORG Over the past 10,000 years human cultures have expanded from small groups of hunter-gatherers to colossal and complexly organized societies. The secrets to how and why this major cultural transition occurred have largely remained... 2 days
Sharks revealed as the great protectors of seagrass
PHYS.ORG Sharks, marine scientists say, are often misunderstood, described as ravenous man-eaters. In reality, sharks are critically important to the health of the world's oceans, yet a quarter of all shark species are... 2 days
Fungal spores harness physics to launch themselves
SCIENCE DAILY More than a century ago, Reginald Buller discovered that a spherical drop of water that forms close to a spore is crucial to the spore's dispersal. Now, using an ink jet printer and high... 2 days
Large-mouthed fish was top predator after mass extinction
PHYS.ORG The most catastrophic mass extinction on Earth took place about 252 million years ago – at the boundary between the Permian and Triassic geological periods. Up to 90 percent of the marine... 2 days
Researchers prove existence of unique but ill-fated New Zealand black swan
PHYS.ORG New Zealand once had its own species of black swan but, like the moa, it was hunted to extinction soon after humans arrived in the late... 2 days
Fungal spores harness physics to launch themselves
PHYS.ORG Researchers from Duke University have uncovered the detailed mechanics of the way fungal spores have evolved to harness the power of merging water droplets to launch in a uniform manner. 3 days
Our ancestors were already warm-blooded just before the Permian-Triassic extinction event
SCIENCE DAILY For how long have warm-blooded animals existed? The time at which this character first appeared in the ancestors of mammals has long been debated. Now, dating... 3 days
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
SCIENCE DAILY Twenty years ago, a microbiologist and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and recycle wood. Three orders of 'brown rot fungi'... 3 days
Human Ancestor Mated with 'Ghost Lineage' And the Proof Is in Your Spit
LIVE SCIENCE A protein that helps make human spit slimy reveals signs that the ancestors of modern humans interbred with an extinct human lineage... 3 days
How fear alone can cause animal extinction
SCIENCE DAILY Fear alone may contribute to the extinction of animal populations according to a recent study. When scientists exposed fruit flies to the scent of a praying mantis, a known predator, they found that the... 3 days
Discovery of why emus are grounded takes flight
PHYS.ORG Researchers from Monash University's Biomedicine Discovery Institute have helped solve the mystery of how emus became flightless, identifying a gene involved in the development and evolution of bird wings. 3 days
Using forests to manage carbon—a heated debate
PHYS.ORG The best way of managing trees and forests for climate change and accounting for contributions of forests and forestry activities in carbon budgets remains hotly contested. Forests can either take up carbon dioxide (CO₂)... 3 days
Antibiotic resistance driven by intragenomic co-evolution
PHYS.ORG Scientists have discovered bacteria are able to "fine-tune" their resistance to antibiotics – raising the possibility of some superbugs being resistant to drugs which they have never even been in contact with. 3 days
No gene is an island: Gene's position on chromosome affects mutations
PHYS.ORG Genes do not exist in isolation. Like beads on a string, they sit next to each other on long DNA molecules called chromosomes. So far, little... 3 days
Researchers offer new and novel paradigm for advancing research on beneficial microbes
PHYS.ORG While beneficial microbes are becoming a more common tool in agriculture, their effectiveness in the field is severely blunted thanks to real-world environmental stressors... 3 days
Evolutionary biologists solve puzzle of evolutionary relationships among vertebrates
SCIENCE DAILY Using the largest and most informative molecular phylogenetic dataset ever analysed, evolutionary biologists were able to construct a new phylogenetic tree of jawed vertebrates. This new tree resolves several key... 4 days
How fear alone can cause animal extinction
PHYS.ORG Researchers have discovered that the fear of predators causes flies to spend less time eating, more time being vigilant, have less sex, and produce fewer offspring.  4 days
As fatal overdoses rise, pioneering police effort evolves
ABC NEWS A unique approach to combating the heroin scourge is evolving in the Massachusetts city where it began two years ago 4 days
5 Comic Book Superpowers That Really Exist in Animals
LIVE SCIENCE Evolution has been occurring for billions of years, producing organisms that are perfectly adapted to their environments. And this includes abilities that we would normally consider superpowers if humans were... 4 days
Enigmatic Archaic Human Relative Interbred with Ancestors of Modern Africans, Study Suggests
SCI-NEWS.COM A mysterious hominin species mated with the ancestors of modern-day Sub-Saharan Africans, according to an analysis of modern human genomes published this month in... 4 days
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
PHYS.ORG Twenty years ago, microbiologist Barry Goodell, now a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to... 4 days
Evolutionary biologists solve puzzle of evolutionary relationships among vertebrates
PHYS.ORG Using the largest and most informative molecular phylogenetic dataset ever analysed, evolutionary biologists were able to construct a new phylogenetic tree of jawed vertebrates. This new tree resolves several key... 4 days
300 million-year-old 'modern' beetle from Australia reconstructed
PHYS.ORG He's Australian, around half a centimetre long, fairly nondescript, 300 million years old – and he's currently causing astonishment among both entomologists and palaeontologists. The discovery of a beetle from the late Permian period,... 4 days
Mapping dark matter
PHYS.ORG About eighty-five percent of the matter in the universe is in the form of dark matter, whose nature remains a mystery. The rest of the matter in the universe is of the kind found in atoms. Astronomers studying the evolution... 4 days
Life evolves adaptions to microgravity
PHYS.ORG Life has found ways to overcome, and even thrive, in many extreme situations—from super saline pools to the high temperatures of hydrothermal vents. A new experiment has shown that the microgravity found in space is also an environment... 4 days
Newly discovered Nevada toad species already under threat
PHYS.ORG Nevada's new toad species is already on the brink of extinction. 6 days
Good fighters are bad runners
SCIENCE DAILY For mice and men, a strength in one area of Darwinian fitness may mean a deficiency in another. A look at Olympic athletes shows that a wrestler is built much differently than a marathoner. It's long been supposed... 7 days
Good fighters are bad runners
PHYS.ORG For mice and men, a strength in one area of Darwinian fitness may mean a deficiency in another. A look at Olympic athletes shows that a wrestler is built much differently than a marathoner. It's long been supposed... 7 days
Best Buy rings up a rebound
PHYS.ORG Five years ago Best Buy Co. looked like a retail dinosaur, another victim of e-commerce juggernaut Amazon.com and other online sellers. 1 week
Study: MRSA Emerged Long Before Introduction of Antibiotic Methicillin into Clinical Practice
SCI-NEWS.COM According to a new study published in the journal Genome Biology, methicillin use was not the original driving factor in the evolution of methicillin-resistant... 1 week
Rare discovery of three new toad species in Nevada's Great Basin
PHYS.ORG Three new species of toads have been discovered living in Nevada's Great Basin in an expansive survey of the 190,000 square mile ancient lake bottom. Discoveries... 1 week
When evolution and biotechnologies collide
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Since 2012, genetic engineering has been revolutionised by CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing. The technology is based on an enzyme from a bacterial cell, whose work is to cut the information storing system of living beings, DNA, at one predefined location.... 1 week
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