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LifeTime -- A visionary proposal for an EU Flagship

(Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association) Reliably predicting the onset and trajectory of a disease might seem like a distant dream. But a European consortium is aiming to achieve exactly this using a set of emerging technologies with the analysis of single cells at their core. Show More Summary

Ships in the English Channel have highest rate of sulphur violations in northern Europe

(Chalmers University of Technology) Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have shown that between 87 and 98 percent of ships comply with the tougher regulations for sulphur emissions that were introduced in northern Europe in 2015. The lowest levels of compliance were observed in the western part of the English Channel and in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

Predators learn to identify prey from other species

Wolves purportedly raised Romulus and Remus, who went on to rule Rome. Is there good scientific evidence for learning across species? Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama wanted to know if predatory bats learn both from other members of their own species and from other predatory bat species.

Blind cavefish evolved insulin resistance to keep from starving

Researchers trying to better understand and treat blood-sugar disorders such as type 2 diabetes can look for new clues in odd little fish that dwell in Mexican caves.

US national parks increasingly important for bird conservation in face of climate change

U.S. National Parks could become even more important for the conservation of bird species in the face of climate change, according to a study published March 21, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Joanna Wu from the National Audubon Society, US, and colleagues.

New insights into the late history of Neandertals

(Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have sequenced the genomes of five Neandertals that lived between 39,000 and 47,000 years ago. Show More Summary

Researchers discover new anti-cancer protein

(University of Basel) An international team of researchers has discovered a new anti-cancer protein. The protein, called LHPP, prevents the uncontrolled proliferation of cancer cells in the liver. The researchers led by Professor Michael N. Show More Summary

First 'non-gene' mutations behind neurodevelopmental disorders discovered

(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) In the largest study of its kind, genetic changes causing neurodevelopmental disorders have been discovered by scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and their collaborators. The study of almost...Show More Summary

Mould gets artistic to take particle decay photo to a new level

For 30 years, mould marched across this image, eating through the protein in the gelatin-based emulsion and leaving a chaotic swirl of colours

Bulgarians rush to save frozen storks

What would you do if you came upon scores of distressed storks covered in ice lying in a snow-covered field? In Bulgaria, people have been taking them home.

Wonderful Things: A Transparent Plant

Filmy ferns live up to their name -- Read more on

Researchers study the vital role of marine predators in supplying nutrients to coral reef ecology

It's long been known that sharks help nourish coral reefs, but exactly to what extent has never been scientifically mapped out—until now.

The environment determines Caribbean hummingbirds' vulnerability

(Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen) Hummingbirds' specialization and vulnerability are often predicted based on their physical traits. Scientists now found that this is not the case for hummingbirds on the Caribbean islands. Show More Summary

Insects could help us find new yeasts for big business

(North Carolina State University) Yeasts are tiny fungi -- but they play key roles in producing everything from beer and cheese to industrial chemicals and biofuels. And now scientists are proposing a new approach that could help these industries find new yeasts for use in their manufacturing processes.

New interactive map shows climate change everywhere in world

(University of Cincinnati) University of Cincinnati geography professor Tomasz Stepinski created a new interactive map that allows students or researchers to compare the climates of places anywhere in the world. The map draws on five decades of public meteorological data recorded from 50,000 international weather stations around the Earth. Show More Summary

'We're sleepwalking into a mass extinction' say scientists

(University of Bath) Species that live in symbiosis with others, which often occur in the most delicately balanced and threatened marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, are the slowest to recover their diversity if damaged, according to a team of UK scientists.

A natural fertilizer

(University of California - Santa Barbara) It's long been known that sharks help nourish coral reefs, but exactly to what extent has never been scientifically mapped out -- until now.

Targeting telomeres to overcome therapy resistance in advanced melanoma

(The Wistar Institute) A study conducted at The Wistar Institute in collaboration with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has demonstrated the efficacy of targeting aberrantly active telomerase to treat therapy-resistant melanoma.

The problem of jaguars and space in western Paraguay

(De Gruyter) A recent study, published in the journal Mammalia, shows how researchers used GPS technology and new analytical techniques to produce the first rigorous estimates of jaguar spatial needs and movements in the Gran Chaco and Pantanal ecosystems of Paraguay.

New ALS gene points to common role of cytoskeleton in disease

(University of Massachusetts Medical School) An international team of researchers led by John Landers, PhD, at UMass Medical School, has identified KIF5A as a new gene associated with the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Show More Summary

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