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Cool lizards are better at learning socially

(University of Lincoln) Bearded dragons which are incubated in colder environments are better at solving cognitive tasks as adults than incubated in warmer temperatures, according to new research published today. Scientists from theShow More Summary

Felling pines: Doing it sooner rather than later is better for fynbos

(Stellenbosch University) Here's some advice for landowners wanting to remove pine trees in the hope of seeing fynbos plants on their properties again: do so before the trees have grown there for more than 30 years. The longer they wait,...Show More Summary

Reducing phosphorus runoff

(University of Delaware) Researchers test a variety of incentives to learn how best to motivate farmers to curb phosphorus runoff.

Metabolites altered in chronic kidney disease

(University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio) A new study that included researchers from Norway, the University of Washington, the University of California San Diego and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (now called UT Health San Antonio?) found that dozens of small molecules called metabolites are altered in this disease.

Temple researchers identify genetic factors linked to acquired narrowing of the airway

(Temple University Health System) Endotracheal intubation and tracheotomy are widely used in the hospital setting for elective surgery and in cases of serious illness or critical injury. In rare instances the procedures result in the development of scarring and narrowing of the larynx and trachea, or acquired laryngotracheal stenosis (ALTS). Show More Summary

Lower levels of microRNA 29 may protect from cardiac fibrosis rather than causing it

(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) Cardiac fibrosis involves an increase of connective tissue in the cardiac muscle, causing a loss of function. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now discovered that fibrosis occurs less frequently when microRNA 29 (miR-29) is suppressed in cardiac muscle cells. Show More Summary

Strong hosts help parasites spread farther

(Hokkaido University) Large, physically strong Masu salmon disperse farther when infected with parasites, potentially escaping from further infections at the contaminated site but ironically resulting in the greater expansion of the parasite, according to Hokkaido University researchers.

Health of people with cystic fibrosis shows positive trends in US and Canada

(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) Research comparing cystic fibrosis patients in the United States and Canada showed that, although patients' nutritional status and lung function improved in both countries from 1990 to 2013, the US improvement rate was faster. Show More Summary

Six USC professors named fellows of esteemed scientific society

(University of Southern California) Five USC scientists and one Keck School of Medicine of USC physician have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor awarded to AAAS members by their peers.

Controlling diabetes with your phone might be possible someday

(Rutgers University) Nerve-stimulating procedures from ancient traditional acupuncture and the more modern electroacupuncture and neuromodulation relieves chronic pain, pelvic disorders and Parkinson's disease, and can be advantageous for treating inflammatory disorders like arthritis and deadly infections like sepsis.

A chicken-flavored electrolyte drink could help sniffer dogs stay hydrated

(Frontiers) The first comparison of plain water, electrolyte injections and a chicken-flavored electrolyte drink as techniques for keeping sniffer dogs hydrated when working in hot weather finds that while all are safe and effective, dogs drink more and are more hydrated when given a chicken-flavored electrolyte drink.

Latest crop improvement technology coming to Texas A&M AgriLife

(Texas A&M AgriLife Communications) Texas A&M AgriLife Research is investing in the future of rapid crop design with improved traits through the deployment of two new labs and a half-million dollar seed grant program to jump-start the process. Show More Summary

Preclinical study demonstrates promising treatment for rare bone disease

(Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute) Researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have led a preclinical study demonstrating that the drug palovarotene suppresses the formation of bony tumors (osteochondromas) in models of multiple hereditary exostoses (MHE). Show More Summary

PSU researchers design survey to tap students' motivation in STEM

(Portland State University) Researchers at Portland State University are learning more about undergraduates' experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes and sharing a set of survey questions that will help researchers and educators at other universities do the same. Show More Summary

Genome sequencing reveals extensive inbreeding in Scandinavian wolves

(Uppsala University) Researchers from Uppsala University and others have for the first time determined the full genetic consequences of intense inbreeding in a threatened species. The large-scale genomic study of the Scandinavian wolf population is reported in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Light green plants save nitrogen without sacrificing photosynthetic efficiency

(Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Scientists designed plants with light green leaves with hopes of allowing more light to penetrate the crop canopy and increase overall light use efficiency and yield. Show More Summary

Researchers pin down one source of a potent greenhouse gas

(Ohio State University) Researchers have discovered the first known methane-producing microbe that is active in an oxygen-rich environment -- a finding that suggests today's global climate models may be misjudging the amount of methane being released into the atmosphere.

HKU Professor Kenneth Leung conferred as a Fellow SETAC

(The University of Hong Kong) Professor Kenneth Leung Mei-yee of the Swire Institute of Marine Science and School of Biological Sciences of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has been conferred as a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) which currently has about 6500 professional members from over 100 countries.

Thinking big by burning small

(University of the Witwatersrand) A recent paper by scientists from Wits University in South Africa shows how creative fire management can increase habitat for wildebeest and other grazing animals in national parks. The work shows that...Show More Summary

Filling the gap: High-latitude volcanic eruptions also have global impact

(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) Chinese and German scientists have found evidences showing that a high-latitude volcano can enhance the aerosol layer in the tropical stratosphere, and also have impact on the climate of both hemispheres.

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