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Hear, boy? Pet translators will be on sale soon, Amazon says

Retailer backs futurologist’s claim that devices conversing in canine will be available in, ruffly speaking, a decade Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah, as Dr Doolittle once sang – what a neat achievement that would be. Show More Summary

Paleolithic Papers #15

Genus Homo: Long endurance in modern Humans seems to have arisen in the genus Homo around 1 million years ago.Humans lost strength relative to chimpanzees due to a need for low energetic cost, repetitive motions.Different times whenShow More Summary

dailyotter: Vancouver Aquarium Takes in Tiny Sea Otter...

dailyotter: Vancouver Aquarium Takes in Tiny Sea Otter Pup! Vancouver Aquarium has taken in this sweet little guy and is caring for him day and night after he was found alone off the coast of Vancouver. The aquarium writes: A tiny male...Show More Summary

A tour through six continents: 10 years of new species published in PLOS ONE

Accompanying the new PLOS ONE 10 Year Anniversary Collection: New Species, PLOS ONE Associate Editor Anna Simonin discusses the discovery of organisms around the world first described in PLOS ONE.   Despite over 1.2 million

Jumping into the weekend like… a Risso’s dolphin in...

Jumping into the weekend like… a Risso’s dolphin in Monterey Bay! Delightful photo from Moss Landing by local photographer Joe Platko (IG: @hiimjoe88) Yes, we know—how is it a dolphin if it doesn’t have that classic “nose”?! The long...Show More Summary

Fossils We Want To Find

There’s a list of fossils I’d really like you to go out and find. Good luck. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Optimization for self-production may explain mysterious features of the ribosome

Optimization for self-production may explain key features of ribosomes, the protein production factories of the cell, reported researchers from Harvard Medical School in Nature on July 20.

Only One of These is Ramen Noodles

Nothing says college breakfast of champions more than the salty, stale goodness of Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup. We’ve all been there…where Ramen is life…some of us might still be there…it’s okay friend. Which is why those visiting the California coast for summer vacation might be slightly confused on who dropped the Ramen in the ocean? […]

The Monterey Bay is doing its best impression of our sea nettle...

The Monterey Bay is doing its best impression of our sea nettle exhibit! This year has seen a return of the classic sea nettles blooms we experience outside of El Niño cycles. These sea nettles were filmed inside the Monterey harbor a few weeks ago, pushed in by the tides and currents.

It’s summer aka tufted puffin mating season, which means our...

It’s summer aka tufted puffin mating season, which means our puffins are strutting their stuff in their breeding plumage! Summer fashion for tufted puffins includes bright orange bill plates and feet, a white “mask” across the eyes, and of course, golden “tufts” of feathers on the head.

UMass Amherst molecular biologist wins grant to outwit plant fungal diseases

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) The Fusarium oxysporum fungus causes wilt in over 100 plant species including tomato, cotton, watermelon and banana, costing farmers billions of dollars in losses worldwide each year. The disease is difficult to control. Show More Summary

A genetic variation may increase tuberculosis susceptibility

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) -Researchers have shown that a single nucleotide change in a gene that affects production of hepcidin--a peptide involved in inflammation, immunity, and control of iron levels--is associated with greater susceptibility to extrapulmonary tuberculosis.

Rare discovery of three new toad species in Nevada's Great Basin

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 of new amphibians are extremely rare in the United States with only three...Show More Summary

When evolution and biotechnologies collide

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. It generates a gap within the DNA. Then, a new sequence – for example, a gene from another organism – can be included.

On the path to vitamin A in rice

The lack of vitamin A in food is a major cause of health problems worldwide and can lead to blindness and even death. This is especially a problem in threshold or third-world countries, where children are likely to suffer from a lack of vitamin A or its precursor beta-carotene due to malnourishment. Show More Summary

Digging into the harsh world of ants

Imagine working for the harshest corporation in the world.

Researchers discover mice speak similarly to humans

Grasshopper mice (genus Onychomys), rodents known for their remarkably loud call, produce audible vocalizations in the same way that humans speak and wolves howl, according to new research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Show More Summary

Genome study offers clues about history of big cats

(Phys.org)—A large international team of researchers has conducted a genetic analysis and comparison of the world's biggest cats to learn more about their history. In their paper published on the open source site Science Advances, the team describes their work mapping the genome of the jaguar and comparing the results with other big cats.

Native leech preys on invasive slug?

Citizen science has revealed the spread of the invasive giant slug Limax maximus and its potential native predator in Japan, providing new insights into predator-prey dynamics between introduced prey and native predators.

Predation in high CO2 waters: prey fish from high-risk environments are less susceptible to ocean acidification

Most studies investigating the effects of anthropogenic environmental stressors do so in conditions that are often optimal for their test subjects, ignoring natural stressors such as competition or predation. As such, the quantitative results from such studies may often underestimate the lethality of certain toxic compounds. Show More Summary

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