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Epigenetics Associated With Mitochondrial Aging Reversible?

Epigenetic regulation of the nuclear-coded GCAT and SHMT2 genes confers human age-associated mitochondrial respiration defectsAuthors:Hashizume et alAbstract:Age-associated accumulation of somatic mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)...Show More Summary

What is the Density of Enceladus' Plumes?

Cassini INMS measurements of Enceladus plume densityAuthors:Perry et alAbstract:During six encounters between 2008 and 2013, the Cassini Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) made in situ measurements deep within the Enceladus plumes. Show More Summary

Six reasons the blanket octopus is my new favorite cephalopod

When I first saw a picture of the blanket octopus I did a double take. I’d never heard of a blanket octopus before, which is surprising given the internet’s obsession with both large cephalopods and bizarre animals. A two meter long octopus dressed like a fashion icon certainly falls under both categories. But the truth is, blanket octopuses are incredibly elusive. Very […]

5-28-15 'Catchup' Was Catching Up Again!

Thursday, May 28th and early May 29......Wednesday May 27th...there was word that many whales were seen near Nanimo late in the day on the 27th...could it be?...J pod?...or another large group of transients?...and the question always...Show More Summary

Dinosaurs were Warm-blooded? Debate Hots Up

New Study Suggests Dinosaurs were Warm-blooded (Endothermic) A scientist from Stony Brook University has reassessed a study into whether dinosaurs were cold or warm-blooded.  Dr. Michael D’Emic, a palaeontologist at the New York based university, has re-examined the research in a report published last summer which proposed that dinosaur metabolism was a kind of “half-way […]

Engineered Cold Sore Virus Used to Kill Cancer

It's a new weapon in the arsenal of cancer fighting treatments: utilizing genetically modified viruses to invade cancer cells and destroy them from the inside.University of Louisville researcher Jason Chesney, M.D., Ph.D., deputy director...Show More Summary

This is not your average whale tale. Local divers had a giant...

This is not your average whale tale. Local divers had a giant surprise last week when a gray whale mother and calf cruised past them underwater. We’re also seeing these massive mammals from our ocean-view decks! Learn more about gray whales (Video: Joe Platko/

Selection Detected on X Chromosomes of Great Apes

Extreme selective sweeps independently targeted the X chromosomes of the great apesAuthors:Nam et alAbstract:The unique inheritance pattern of the X chromosome exposes it to natural selection in a way that is different from that of the autosomes, potentially resulting in accelerated evolution. Show More Summary

Intelligent life: Why don't we consider plants to be smart?

Plants eavesdrop on each other and communicate with other organisms via subtle messages. So why don't we recognise them as smart beings, ask two new books

5/26-27/15 Did J Pod Go Really Far North?

Tuesday/Wednesday, May 26-27th...update on J pod...J pod was last seen late in the day on May 23rd all grouped up in Swanson Channel...they had been heading north...they were not heard over the Lime Kiln or the Orca Sound hydrophones...I...Show More Summary

5-29-15 Obama asked to issue EO to breach the lower Snake River Dams

Obama asked to issue Executive Order to breach the lower Snake River Dams Southern Resident Killer Whale Salmon Initiative May 29, 2015 — We have some excellent and hopeful news, but need your help NOW to continue the momentum!This week...Show More Summary

Deep Reads: John Bryant reflects on a book that inspired his research

The fourth of our Deep Reads blog posts is written by John Bryant,  a Professor Emeritus of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Exeter, UK. In addition to his deep interest in plant DNA, John has been involved … Continue reading »

US Army Chief of Staff Wants Bradley Replacement, Light Tank, Jeep & More

“In the next two years,” Army chief of staff Ray Odierno said today, the service could move out on four new combat vehicles and reboot its aging inventory for a new era of war. They range from a parachute-droppable light truck for Airborne...Show More Summary

The whole hog: Unpacking our love-hate relationship with the pig

Some people delight in them and prize their meat, others see them as practically taboo. Mark Essig's book explains why pigs inspire such divergent views

Have we reached Peak Megajournal?

[I am using the term “megajournal” here to mean “journal that practices PLOS ONE-style peer-review for correctness only, ignoring guesses at possible impact”. It’s not a great term for this class of journals, but it seems to be becoming established as the default.] Bo-Christer Björk?’s (2015) new paper in PeerJ asks the question “Have the […]

The cat made me do it: Is your pet messing with your mind?

There's a feline parasite that makes us take unnecessary risks and could even cause psychosis. And up to 4 billion of us are unknowingly infected

First Evidence of a Post Wildfire Debris Flow From the Valanginian (?) Cretaceous Algoa Basin

Lower Cretaceous deposit reveals first evidence of a post-wildfire debris flow in the Kirkwood Formation, Algoa Basin, Eastern Cape, South AfricaAuthors:Muir et alAbstract:The Algoa Basin is an onshore rift basin filled by an Upper Mesozoic non-marine and shallow marine sedimentary sequence. Show More Summary

Mover and shakerThe spotted jelly (Mastigias papua) has a job....

Mover and shaker The spotted jelly (Mastigias papua) has a job. It ravels upward during the day to absorb sunlight, then back down again at night. It moves toward the sun to feed the symbiotic algae, zooxanthellae that lives within its tissue. Show More Summary

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