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4-24-17 Transients Have Been Everywhere

...over the last many days it has been whales, whales - transients - everywhere but......something was on my mind that I could not shake...so here's is my take - LOL......here are some images from recent days......I rode along on the...Show More Summary

Fossil Fungus Discovery Rocks Geology and Biology

Fungus-Like Forms Found in 2.4 Billion-Year-Old Rocks An international team of researchers, including scientists from the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm University and the University of California, have identified microscopic structures found in tiny bubbles and pores in ancient basalt that resemble fungi. Show More Summary

Scientists using high tech microscope find clues to an autoimmune disease

(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Using a unique microscope capable of illuminating living cell structures in great detail, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found clues into how a destructive autoimmune disease works, setting the stage for more discoveries in the future.

New studies refocus attention on the genotoxicity of AAV vectors in gene therapy

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A growing number of preclinical studies in mice suggests that therapeutic gene delivery using recombinant adeno-associated viral vectors (rAAVs) can cause insertional mutagenesis and increase the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma. Show More Summary

Several EPA programs face possible elimination under Trump proposal

(American Chemical Society) The Trump administration's proposed plan for the US Environmental Protection Agency includes completely defunding several programs related to climate change, public health and pollution, according to an internal agency memo that was leaked to the media last month. Show More Summary

Howard Hughes Medical Institute research award a first for Virginia Tech Carilion

(Virginia Tech) A Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has been awarded a highly competitive Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship to devote a year to in-depth, mentored biomedical research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

Urbanisation costs 5 billion years of evolutionary history

All over the globe, the urbanisation of landscapes is increasing. 60% of the land surface which is expected to be urban by 2030 is currently not built on at all. How this will impact on biological diversity will only be apparent in retrospect. Show More Summary

Larger schooling fish found to have stronger attraction forces

In schooling fish, collective movement emerges as a result of multiple social interactions between individuals. In a new study led by researchers at Uppsala University, larger individuals have been found to display stronger attraction forces to one another than smaller individuals. Short range repulsion forces, on the other hand, are the same regardless of fish size.

Discovering a new mechanism of epigenetic inheritance

Giacomo Cavalli's team at the Institute of Human Genetics (University of Montpellier / CNRS), in collaboration with the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), has demonstrated the existence of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance (TEI) among Drosophila fruit flies. Show More Summary

Pac-Man meets biotechnology

Scientists in the U.S have a designed a computer game that could help with biomedical research.

Researcher studies the feeding habits of stomatopod crustaceans

Biology Letters talks to Maya deVries, author of a recently published article that describes the feeding habits of stomatopod crustaceans with two kinds of highly specialized feeding appendages; those with elongated spear-like appendages (spearers) or hammer-like appendages (smashers).

Study identifies optimum human hand-throwing techniques

(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with Harvard and Yale Universities has conducted a study of optimal human throwing techniques and found which work best under which conditions. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open...Show More Summary

Sri Lanka overturns ban on adopting elephants

Sri Lanka said Wednesday it would allow rich individuals and temples to adopt baby elephants, overturning a ban put in place to protect the animals.

Nanoparticles can travel from lungs to blood, possibly explaining risks to heart

(American Chemical Society) Tiny particles in air pollution have been associated with cardiovascular disease, which can lead to premature death. But how particles inhaled into the lungs can affect blood vessels and the heart has remained a mystery. Show More Summary

Drones that detect early plant disease could save crops

Researchers are developing drones that could detect plant disease before any visible signs show, allowing farmers to stop infections in their tracks.

Calcareous nannoplankton response to the latest Cenomanian Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 perturbation

Morphometric analyses were performed on Biscutum constans, Zeugrhabdotus erectus, Discorhabdus rotatorius and Watznaueria barnesiae specimens from five sections spanning the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary interval including Oceanic Anoxic Event (OAE) 2 (~ 94 Ma). Show More Summary

New genes are more likely than expected to emerge full-fledged from a genome's non-coding regions

New genes are more likely to appear on the stage of evolution in full-fledged form rather than gradually take shape through successive stages of "proto genes" that become more and more refined over generations. This is the surprising...Show More Summary

The impact of a guide dog extends far beyond its guiding responsibilities

Preliminary findings from world-first research reveal the impact of a guide dog extends far beyond its ability to guide its handler.

New Zealand fish and chips hold human DNA clues

Before you pop that piece of battered fish in your mouth, be aware it might just hold the key to understanding the origins of a form of DNA memory critical to human development.

Study settles debate over origins of ants and bees

Ants and bees – which by all appearances seem so different – are creepy-crawly cousins, according to new research published in a recent issue of Current Biology.

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