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Squirrel Sex Is Complicated

Only 35 Mount Graham squirrels remain in the wild, but five captive squirrels could hold the key to their long-term survival—if we can get them to breed -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

School Prepares for Dinosaur Workshops

Hanging Heaton Primary Prepares for Dinosaur Term Topic Pupils and staff at Hanging Heaton CE (VC) Junior and Infant School (near Dewsbury, West Yorkshire), have been busy preparing their classrooms for the start of the special Spring Term topic - dinosaurs.  Children in class 1 and class 2, comprising the Reception and Key Stage 1

Spotted hyena returns to Gabon park after 20 years: researchers

A spotted hyena has been sighted in a Gabon national park for the first time in 20 years, conservationists said Friday, the latest large predator to have returned to a region where many had gone locally extinct.

Stealth Saga #71

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USDA's NIFA invests in fighting citrus greening disease

(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced awards to combat citrus greening disease. The funding to support research and extension programs is made through the emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE). Show More Summary

To enjoy Robert Newman’s gig, park your scientific scepticism

The campaigning comedian pricks scientific complacency well enough, but why doesn't he pick on targets his own size?

Medieval gamblers turned their back on fate and made dice fair

Dice from archaeological digs in the Netherlands and the UK became fairer 600 years ago – 250 years before we began to really understand probability

No, the worst-case climate change futures haven’t been ruled out

A single study has been hailed for narrowing the range of possible climate change scenarios, but figuring out how the world will warm is more complicated than headlines suggest

Deadly solar flares may have helped seed life on Mars and beyond

High-energy particles that can strip away planetary atmospheres and cause biological damage might also forge the complex organic molecules that give rise to life

Your boss not saying ‘thank you’ could be bad for your health

If you love your job and work hard but feel you get little recognition or reward, you could be on the road to chronic stress, burnout and other health issues

Good news: animals won’t shrink as the climate gets warmer

A 19th-century ‘rule’ connecting animal body size and environmental temperature has been challenged, allaying fears that animals may decrease in size as the climate gets warmer

New CRISPR method could take gene editing to the next level

While CRISPR is great at turning off and disabling genes, it isn’t very good at fixing faulty ones. But a powerful new method could change that

Commercial electric pulse fishing should be banned for now

The growing use in Europe of trawl nets that stun fish with electricity has divided opinion. It should be scaled back and properly researched, says Lesley Evans Ogden

Breakthrough study shows how plants sense the world

Plants lack eyes and ears, but they can still see, hear, smell and respond to environmental cues and dangers—especially to virulent pathogens. They do this with the aid of hundreds of membrane proteins that can sense microbes or other stresses.

Thanks for the memory: NIST takes a deep look at memristors

(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have now unveiled the long-mysterious inner workings of these semiconductor elements, which can act like the short-term memory of nerve cells.

Cystic fibrosis bacterial burden begins during first years of life

(University of North Carolina Health Care) Cystic fibrosis shortens life by making the lungs prone to repeated bacterial infections and inflammation. UNC School of Medicine researchers have now shown for the first time that the lungs' bacterial population changes in the first few years of life as respiratory infections and inflammation set in. Show More Summary

City lights setting traps for migrating birds

(University of Delaware) A University of Delaware study has examined how light pollution lures birds into urban areas during fall migration, a trend that poses risk for the fowl that often fly into buildings and has increased with the addition of brighter LED lights. Show More Summary

Bio-renewable process could help 'green' plastic

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Plastics are often derived from petroleum, contributing to reliance on fossil fuels and driving harmful greenhouse gas emissions. To change that, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) scientists are trying to take the pliable nature of plastic in another direction, developing new and renewable ways of creating plastics from biomass.

Novel genomic tools provide new insight into human immune system

(La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology) La Jolla Institute researchers provide new insights into how so-called CD4 cytotoxic T cells arise in humans and thus could facilitate improved vaccine design to protect against chronic viral infections such as cytomegalovirus, HIV, and hepatitis C.

Fanconi anemia: Insight from a green plant

Fanconi anemia is a human genetic disorder with severe effects, including an increased risk of cancer and infertility. Work in animal systems has identified many factors involved in Fanconi anemia and showed that these factors function in repair of DNA. Show More Summary

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