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Brain Network Eigenmodes in Health and Disease, Olfactory Learning Without Mushroom Bodies, and Assessing Overlap of Genomic Features: the PLOS Comp Biol June Issue

Check out our highlights from the PLOS Computational Biology June issue:   Brain Network Eigenmodes Provide a Robust and Compact Representation of the Structural Connectome in Health and Disease While the structural connectome of th...

Three new 'club-tailed' scorpions join the tree of life

A team of researchers—including Dr. Lauren Esposito, Curator of Arachnology at the California Academy of Sciences and colleagues the American Museum of Natural History and Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)—have painstakingly revised a large group of Neotropical "club-tailed" scorpions. Show More Summary

Tides on exoplanets could drive alien biological clocks

On watery worlds that lack days and nights because one face always points toward their star, tides may help life emerge – and algal blooms might be the giveaway

NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH trial to test targeted drugs in childhood cancers

(NIH/National Cancer Institute) Investigators at the National Cancer Institute and the Children's Oncology Group announce the opening of enrollment for NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH, a unique precision medicine clinical trial to explore whether...Show More Summary

Rahul Roychoudhuri awarded prestigious Lister Prize

(Babraham Institute) The Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine has selected Dr Rahul Roychoudhuri, to receive a Research Prize Fellowship. The prize aims to 'make a real difference' by supporting outstanding young independent researchers. Show More Summary

How can plant science solve the global challenges of the 21st century?

(Wiley) The New Phytologist Trust, in partnership with John Wiley & Sons, is announcing the launch of a new crossdisciplinary Open Access journal: Plants, People, Planet, led by Professor Simon Hiscock (University of Oxford, UK and Director of the Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum).

New non-photosynthesizing plant species discovered on Ishigaki island, Japan

(Kobe University) A new species of non-photosynthesizing parasitic plant has been discovered on the subtropical island of Ishigaki in Okinawa, Japan and named Sciaphila sugimotoi. The research team responsible for this discovery wasShow More Summary

Hugs, drugs and choices—helping traumatised animals

Rosie, like a real-life Babe, ran away from an organic piggery when she was only a few days old. She was found wandering in a car park, highly agitated, by a family who took her home and made her their live-in pet. However, after three months they could no longer keep her.

Healthy sharks sustain healthy oceans

A team from The University of Western Australia has completed a four month research expedition looking for signs of healthy coral reefs in the remote Kimberley. They observed an unexpectedly high number of sharks in the region, suggesting sharks play a key role in regulating the health of coral reefs.

Shaping up against pathogens

Plants can reprogram their genetic material to mount a defensive response against pathogens, which may have applications for agriculture.

Boat-shaped membrane protein offers novel solution for working in the cell membrane

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have identified a novel structure that helps an enzyme solve a challenging biological problem by bobbing like a ship at the surface of the cell membrane. The finding offers a glimpse of how life works at the molecular level and a possible new target for antibiotics in the future.

What will happen when machines can tell how you feel?

Now that technology is finally getting emotion-savvy, could the machines give us the benefit of their new-found wisdom? Rosalind Picard thinks so

Our oceans are becoming more acidic – what it means for marine life and what you can do

Oceans cover 70 percent of the earth’s surface and account for 97 percent of its water. They play a vital role in the natural carbon cycle and provides a home for over one million species of plants and animals, with another estimated nine million living in the depths left unexplored by humans. Billions of people rely on the ocean’s rich diversity […]

Rhino poaching dips slightly in South Africa

The number of rhinos killed for their horns by poachers in South Africa dipped slightly in the first half of this year, but more than 500 were still slaughtered, the government announced Monday.

Photoprotective responses in a brown macroalgae Cystoseira tamariscifolia to increases in CO2 and temperature

Global warming and ocean acidification are increasingly affecting coastal ecosystems, with impacts that vary regionally depending upon local biogeography. Ocean acidification drives shifts in seaweed community dominance that depend on interactions with other factors such as light and nutrients. Show More Summary

Influence of environmental conditions on the toxicokinetics of cadmium in the marine copepod Acartia tonsa

Marine and estuarine ecosystems are highly productive areas that often act as a final sink for several pollutants, such as cadmium. Environmental conditions in these habitats can affect metal speciation, as well as its uptake and depuration by living organisms. The aim of this study was to assess cadmium uptake and depuration rates in the […]

Monthly injections could replace daily pills for people with HIV

A two-year trial has found that long-acting injections of antiretroviral therapy work just as well or better at controlling HIV than daily pills

Painting Backgrounds for Dinosaur Dioramas

Jurassic Park III Backdrop Completed Talented model maker and dinosaur model enthusiast Robert Townsend has completed the backgrounds to his huge prehistoric animal diorama that he has been building.  The project entitled "Jurassic Park III", has been meticulously planned and Robert's care and attention to detail is reflected in the skilfully painted backdrop that he

The US Navy is Getting Much Closer to an Operational Railgun

The Navy’s futuristic electromagnetic railgun is set to take a major developmental step forward this summer as developers work to increase the number of shots it can fire per minute and the power behind the system. The railgun has been...Show More Summary

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