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Online test reveals if humans instinctively understand apes

An online experiment to investigate whether humans can understand the meaning of ape gestures has been created by researchers at the University of St Andrews.

Growing organic rice for market niche not simple

A market niche for organic rice has a potential to yield premium prices for farmers, but it's more involved than simply planting the seed and forgetting it until harvest time.

Chiggers, fleas more noticeable in summer

As people become more active in summer, so do a few familiar pests that keep Texans itching – and scratching for relief, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists.

Could the secret of a long life be found in cheese?

Suspected life-extending properties of homemade cheese and yoghurt from the Carpathian Mountains will be analysed at Abertay University in a bid to discover their biological secrets.

The spirit of collaboration aboard Gulf of Mexico cruise

This summer, NOAA and partner scientists will conduct their most collaborative ocean acidification sampling of the Gulf of Mexico yet. Set to depart today, July 18th, the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems and Carbon Cruise (GOMECC-3) will travel through international waters with 24 scientists from the United States, Mexico and Cuba on board. This comprehensive month-long […]

High diversity on coral reefs—a very big game of rock-paper-scissors

For a long time, scientists have wondered how a large number of species can live together while competing for a single, limiting resource. Why doesn't a single species that is better at competing for the resource crowd out all the others? According to new findings by Macquarie University, the answer to this question on coral reefs is like a very big game of rock-paper-scissors.

Luxturna: A Giant Step Forward for Blindness Gene Therapy – A Conversation with Dr. Kathy High

Three years ago, at a fundraiser near Philadelphia for the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation, I stood, dumbstruck, as young teen Christian Guardino took the stage and belted out Don’t Stop Believing. Christian had recently undergo...

Snow Dragon to assess acidification of Arctic Ocean

The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, will set sail on Thursday for a research mission to discover the extent of acidification in the Arctic Ocean. It is internationally acknowledged that acidification — mainly caused by carbon dioxide emissions into the sea — is rising in the ocean and already covers a larger area, according […]

Technology could transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to increase biofeedstock, reduce landfill waste

Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill was...

In frogs, preventing early-life gut microbiome disruptions leads to better health

(University of Connecticut) Biologists at the University of Connecticut and University of South Florida have found that a crucial window in the development of tadpoles may influence a frog's ability to fight infectious diseases as an...Show More Summary

A simple bacteria reveals how stress drives evolution

A common bacteria is furthering evidence that evolution is not entirely a blind process, subject to random changes in the genes, but that environmental stressors can also play a role.

Albertavenator – Something to Get Your Teeth Into

Albertavenator curriei - Implications for the North American Troodontids World-famous Canadian palaeontologist Phil Currie has been honoured by having a new species of North American troodontid Albertavenator curriei, named after him.  Phil Currie has been at the forefront of vertebrate palaeontology for a long time now and it is great to see that his fellow scientists

Many pet owners unable to spot an out of hours vet emergency

Although the results only reflect behaviour for one out-of-hours service, the authors believe that this tendency could be be replicated across the small animal veterinary sector.

Loma Linda University researchers finds links between meal frequency and BMI

(Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center) A study by researchers from Loma Linda University School of Public Health and the Czech Republic has found that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain.

7-19-17 L Pod Whales Yesterday

this post is about Tuesday, July's more about the day full of L Pod whales along the west side of San Juan Island......they had been coming in through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, all day long...not sure if they would make...Show More Summary

Hot dogs: Is climate change impacting populations of African wild dogs?

Climate change may be harming the future of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) by impacting the survival rates of pups, according to one of the first studies on how shifting temperatures are impacting tropical species.

Whale look at that, you made it to Humpback Day! Humpback...

Whale look at that, you made it to Humpback Day!  Humpback whales are named for the shape of their dorsal fins and the way they arch their backs at the start of a dive. These majestic cetaceans grace the waters of Monterey Bay year round but we see more during the summer, when humpbacks migrate here from Costa Rica to join in the annual feeding frenzy. ????

Penn researchers engineer macrophages to engulf cancer cells in solid tumors

(University of Pennsylvania) In a recent study, human macrophages were engineered to ignore the 'don't eat me' signal both healthy and cancerous cells exhibit. Combined with cancer-specific targeting antibodies, these engineered macrophages invaded and engulfed human tumor cells in a mouse model.

A common underlying genetic basis for social behavior in dogs and humans

(Princeton University) In a new study published in the journal Science Advances, an interdisciplinary team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, identified genetic changes that are linked to dogs' human-directed social behaviors and suggest there is a common underlying genetic basis for hyper-social behavior in both dogs and humans.

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