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Hurricane Maria

As you already know, Hurricane Maria is a Category 5 storm menacing the Leewards, and heading, likely, for Puerto Rico. Please avoid making the mistakes that were made in talking about Irma. There will probably be no Category 5 storm hitting Puerto Rico. The storm will probably be a Category 4 before it hits. So,…

Emerging disease further jeopardizes North American frogs

(US Geological Survey) A deadly amphibian disease called severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, is the cause of many large-scale frog die-offs in the United States, according to a new study by the US Geological Survey.

New Papo and Prehistoric Animal Model Retirements

Papo New Releases and Retirements (Les Dinosaures) Just arrived at Everything Dinosaur, a limited edition Papo gift box dinosaur model set.  The Papo special edition gift box features two dinosaurs, a Papo juvenile Spinosaurus and a Papo Ceratosaurus.  The Papo Juvenile Spinosaurus is a new figure, Everything Dinosaur team members saw this model around twelve

Research redefines proteins' role in the development of spinal sensory cells

(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) A recent study led by Samantha Butler at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA has overturned a common belief about how a certain class of proteins in the spinal cord regulate the formation of nervous system cells -- called neurons -- during embryonic development.

Science denial not limited to political right

(University of Illinois at Chicago) A new study from social psychologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests people of all political backgrounds can be motivated to participate in science denial.

What's the latest on gut microbiota?

(Concordia University) How many undergraduate classes in microbiology -- or any scientific field, for that matter -- can say they're published in a peer-reviewed journal? 'Human Gut Microbiota: Toward an Ecology of Disease' is a review of the primary literature and latest discoveries on the interactions between gut microbiota and the human host.

Monk parakeets invade Mexico

Thanks to the international pet trade, populations of exotic animals are popping up in unexpected places worldwide. One of these successful invaders is the monk parakeet: a small, green parrot native to South America that now flies free in cities across North America, Europe, and elsewhere around the world.

Nine stray elephants electrocuted in Botswana

Nine elephants were electrocuted in a freak accident in Botswana after one of them knocked into an electricity pole and the high-voltage power line fell on them, a local official said Tuesday.

Method to estimate abundance, trends in North Atlantic right whales confirms decline

NOAA Fisheries researchers and colleagues at the New England Aquarium have developed a new model to improve estimates of abundance and population trends of endangered North Atlantic right whales, which have declined in numbers and productivity in recent years. The findings are published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.

What's the latest on gut microbiota? Concordia microbiology undergrads publish their findings

How many undergraduate classes in microbiology—or any scientific field, for that matter—can say they're published in a peer-reviewed journal?

Researchers discover molecular 'add-ons' that customize protein interfaces

Researchers in the United States and Germany have just discovered a previously overlooked part of protein molecules that could be key to how proteins interact with each other inside living cells to carry out specialized functions.

Running roaches, flapping moths create a new physics of organisms

(Georgia Institute of Technology) Sand-swimming lizards, slithering robotic snakes, dusk-flying moths and running roaches all have one thing in common: They're increasingly being studied by physicists interested in understanding the shared strategies these creatures have developed to overcome the challenges of moving though their environments.

NSF issues new EPSCoR awards, investing in science and engineering across nation

(National Science Foundation) The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded five jurisdictions nearly $20 million each through the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), which builds research and development...Show More Summary

Scientists find way to convert bad body fat into good fat

(Washington University School of Medicine) Working in mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a way to convert white fat, which stores calories, into brown fat that burns them.

Tool-wielding monkeys push local shellfish to edge of extinction

Long-tailed macaques on an island in Thailand are doing such a good job of cracking shellfish with stone tools, they are driving down their prey's numbers and body size

American oaks share a common northern ancestor

If you had been in northern Canada 45 million years ago, you might have encountered the distant ancestor of all of the oaks in the Americas. That single species gave rise to 220 more and two distinct lineages—red oaks and white oaks—that moved south through the boreal zone to populate large swaths of the continent all the way into Mexico. Show More Summary

New toolkit helps nurses use genomics in patient care

(NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute) New online toolkit is now available for nurses and other health professionals looking to integrate genomics into patient care.

A piece of the puzzle: 8 autism-related mutations in 1 gene

(University of Southern California) Researchers discover a large number of clustered mutations in a single gene, TRIO, that disrupt the development of the brain's connections and likely contribute to the development of autism-spectrum disorders. Show More Summary

A dream of foam

(ETH Zurich) ETH researchers have discovered a new method to design stable foams. Their findings could make beer froth and ice cream last longer -- and revolutionise construction materials such as concrete.

Harvard forest report: Forests, funding, and conservation in decline across New England

(Harvard University) New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day, according to a new report released today by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University, and a team of authors from across the region. Show More Summary

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