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March 30, 2016

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March 30, 2016

Mar. 29, 2016 — A novel investigation of how enzymatic reactions can direct the motion and organization of microcapsules may point toward a new theory of how protocells -- the earliest biological cells -- could have ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — A researcher details several coping strategies cells use when they face replication stress: the cellular version of choosing yoga, meditation or a trip to the movies after a stressful ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Researchers describe a new species, "Psychrophrynella chirihampatu," from the Peruvian Andes, in a new article. Like other recently described species in the genus, this new Psychrophrynella ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Researchers used novel approach with historic film to discover just how endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are. Kemp's ridley turtles are currently classified as critically endangered on the ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Scientists performed four experiments in which they examined vessel type, hormone, activated charcoal concentrations, and using a vermiculite substrate to improve the post-rooting stage of an ... read more

Impacts of Salinity Determined for Agave

Mar. 28, 2016 — Hydroponic experiments evaluated the effects of salinity on biomass accumulation and nutrient levels of four types of Agave. Several Agave species showed variation in response to high levels of ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Tardigrades, also known as moss piglets or water bears, are eight-legged microscopic animals that have long fascinated scientists for their ability to survive extremes of temperature, pressure, lack ... read more

Researchers Identify SH2 Domains as Lipid-Binding Modules for Cell Signaling

Mar. 28, 2016 — Majority of human Src homology 2 (SH2) domains not only bind to proteins, but also interact with membrane lipids with high affinity and specificity. The SH2 domain-containing proteins play important ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — An international research team calls for a targeted research strategy to better understand the impact multiple stressors will have on coral reef in the future due to global climate ... read more

Botulism in Waterbirds: Mortality Rates and New Insights Into How It Spreads

Mar. 25, 2016 — Outbreaks of botulism killed large percentages of waterbirds inhabiting a wetland in Spain. The botulinum toxin's spread may have been abetted by an invasive species of water snail which ... read more

Mar. 25, 2016 — Normally, cells are highly active and dynamic: in their liquid interior, called the cytoplasm, countless metabolic processes occur in parallel, proteins and particles jiggle around wildly. If, ... read more

The First 3-D Atlas of the Extinct Dodo

Mar. 25, 2016 — For the first time since its extinction, a 3-D atlas of the skeletal anatomy of the dodo has been created, based upon two exceptional dodo skeletons that have remained unstudied for over a century. ... read more

Curcumin May Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Mar. 25, 2016 — New research indicates that curcumin -- a substance in turmeric that is best known as one of the main components of curry powder -- may help fight drug-resistant ... read more

Brain Induces Preference for Caloric Food for Energy Storage

Mar. 24, 2016 — Given the choice between eating something caloric with an unpleasant taste and more palatable food with no calories, some vertebrates may choose the former, prioritizing energy to assure their ... read more

Mar. 24, 2016 — Some people infected with HIV naturally produce antibodies that effectively neutralize many strains of the rapidly mutating virus, and scientists are working to develop a vaccine capable of inducing ... read more

Brazilian Zika Outbreak Followed Upsurge in Air Travel

Mar. 24, 2016 — The first genome analysis of the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil, which has been potentially linked to the birth condition microcephaly, offers new information on how and when the virus might have ... read more

Mar. 24, 2016 — Vertebrates that have adapted to endure greater swings in seasonal temperatures tend to have greater elevational range sizes, the theory goes, but a new study analyzing more than 16,500 terrestrial ... read more

Mar. 24, 2016 — Researchers have designed and synthesized a minimal bacterial genome, containing only the genes necessary for life, and consisting of just 473 ... read more

High-Throughput Screen Identifies Potential Henipavirus Drug Target

Mar. 24, 2016 — First high-throughput RNA interference screen for host genes that are essential for live henipavirus infection of human cells, and identifies a specific cell protein called fibrillarin as a potential ... read more

Study Finds Vast Diversity Among Viruses That Infect Bacteria

Mar. 24, 2016 — Viruses that infect bacteria are among the most abundant life forms on Earth. Our oceans and soils, and potentially even our own bodies, would be overrun with bacteria were it not for bacteria-eating ... read more

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