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Foster tadpoles trigger parental instinct in poison frogs

(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) Especially male poison frogs piggyback their offspring to pools in the rainforest. Now, researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna, the University of Vienna and Harvard University showed that this parental behavior can be triggered experimentally. Show More Summary

10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes

(Umea University) DNA in lake sediment forms a natural archive displaying when various fish species colonized lakes after the glacial period. This according to researchers at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University in a study published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Plant physiology: Adjusting to fluctuating temperatures

(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) Later leaf emergence, earlier leaf loss: A new study of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich shows that the average vegetation periods of trees and shrubs in North America are intrinsically three weeks shorter than those of comparable species in Europe and Asia.

Small intestine permeable peptides facilitate digestive tract absorption

(Kumamoto University) Biopharmaceuticals, medium- and high-molecular weight biologically active macromolecules, are not easily absorbed by the small intestine, the main organ responsible for gastrointestinal absorption, resulting in a bottleneck for oral administration type biopharmaceutical development. Show More Summary

Test for safe CO2 storage to aid world-leading technology project

(University of Edinburgh) A test that inexpensively monitors the safe storage of industrial carbon dioxide gas emissions in carbon capture and storage technology is to be used at a $5 million test site in Canada.

Rolling dice for cell size specification in plant leaf epidermis

(National Institutes of Natural Sciences) Associate Professor Kensuke Kawade at Okazaki Institute for Integrative Bioscience and National Institute for Basic Biology, in collaboration with Professor Hirokazu Tsukaya at the Graduate School...Show More Summary

Breaking legume's crop wild relative barrier

(American Society of Agronomy) In a new study, scientists report significant strides in transferring disease- and stress-resistance traits from wild relatives of several legumes to their domesticated varieties.

How do human impacts on wetlands affect animals?

(Wiley) A new Biological Reviews study provides a comprehensive assessment of how changes to wetlands affect animals, and the authors use their findings to provide recommendations for managing wetlands to maximise their biodiversity...

This dance is taken: Hundreds of male frog species change colors around mating time

(Smithsonian) Some of nature's most vibrant colors occur in frogs, who peek out from rainforests and marshes in startling shades of blue, yellow and red. But for hundreds of species, only males flaunt flashy colors -- and sometimes only for a few hours, days or weeks each year. Show More Summary

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.

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.

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.

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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