biological sciences

How solitary locusts turn maurading bands


August 30th, 2012 - 2:17 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 30 (IANS) Vast locust swarms, spread over many square kilometres, can blot out the sky and destroy standing crops whenever they land. The scourge has been well recorded ... Read more...

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Biochemical to treat diabetes discovered


July 16th, 2012 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 16 (IANS) Scientists have discovered a biochemical that shows a completely new and promising direction for the development of drugs to treat type-2 diabetes.Scientists had long ... Read more...

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‘Rising CO2 levels threaten aquatic food webs’


May 8th, 2012 - 2:16 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 8 (IANS) Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are seriously threatening marine plankton, vital for survival of aquatic food webs, whose disappearance could have far-reaching impact, a ... Read more...

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Cassava, staple of millions, contaminated by cyanide


May 3rd, 2012 - 12:53 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 3 (IANS) Cassava, a staple crop found in southeast Africa, contains cyanide toxins above levels considered safe for human consumption, says a new study.Staple food for more than ... Read more...

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Scientists locate malaria parasites’ Achilles heal


April 22nd, 2012 - 2:59 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 22 (IANS) Scientists have identified a key protein common to malaria parasites, opening the way to more effective vaccines or drugs against the life-threatening infections caused by the ... Read more...

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Acidic oceans endangering baby corals


April 19th, 2012 - 3:25 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 19 (IANS) Acidic oceans are dramatically altering the ability of baby corals to sense their surroundings, says a study.A team from the School of Biological Sciences and Global ... Read more...

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Pre-historic fish had tiniest yet sharpest teeth


March 20th, 2012 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 20 (IANS) A long-extinct prehistoric fish had the sharpest teeth that have ever been recorded, even though they were only a millimetre in size.Scientists from Monash and Bristol ... Read more...

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Clock gene prepares plants for spring bloom


March 12th, 2012 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 12 (IANS) Insight into the body clock of plants reveals how they adjust to changing seasons, causing flowers to bloom in spring.University of Edinburgh researchers tested computer models ... Read more...

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‘Rework climate change models to save snails’


February 8th, 2012 - 2:32 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 8 (IANS) Some of the world's smallest creatures like snails are in danger of becoming extinct unless climate change models are reworked to save them.Snails usually play a ... Read more...

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24 mn generations for mice to grow to elephant size


January 31st, 2012 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 31 (IANS) It would take at least 24 million generations for a mouse-sized creature to evolve into something as big as an elephant. Conversely, it would require only ... Read more...

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Grapes can stave off age-related blindness


January 15th, 2012 - 4:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 15 (IANS) Eating grapes seem to slow or help prevent the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition affecting millions of elderly people worldwide. AMD is a ... Read more...

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Hybrid silkworms spin stronger silk


January 9th, 2012 - 12:35 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 8 (IANS) Hybrid silkworms produced fibres tougher than typical silk and as strong as dragline fibres produced by spiders, which could help make better sutures, artificial limbs and ... Read more...

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Spiders’ cobweb chemical repels invading ants


November 27th, 2011 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 27 (IANS) Golden orb web spiders know how to protect their web silk from invading ants -- they just add a chemical to repel the latter. The properties ... Read more...

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Humans, climate changed wiped out Ice Age mammals


November 6th, 2011 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS
Syndey, Nov 6 (IANS) What particularly caused the extinction of iconic Ice Age mammals such as the woolly rhinoceros and woolly mammoth?It was believed that drastic climate changes killed large ... Read more...

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California varsity woos Indian students


November 4th, 2011 - 12:24 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 3 (IANS) The University of California - Irvine (UCI) has launched courses in engineering and biology in a bid to attract Indian students, a statement said Thursday.The ... Read more...

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Antibiotic shows promise in silencing resistant bugs


October 30th, 2011 - 1:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 30 (IANS) Antibiotics are still the primary mode of overcoming infections but they are becoming less and less effective against bugs causing them, new research says.A University of ... Read more...

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Thought it was a joke, says scientist who won Nobel


October 6th, 2011 - 4:20 pm ICT by IANS
Shanghai, Oct 6 (IANS) Jules Hoffmann, one of the three scientists who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize for medicine, initially "thought it was a joke, just a mistake" when he ... Read more...

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Youth should undertake innovative research: Deshmukh


September 26th, 2011 - 10:42 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 26 (IANS) Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh Monday urged youngsters to conduct innovative research in the country and take up the challenge of securing India's leadership ... Read more...

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Plant develops echo to attract bats


August 2nd, 2011 - 2:29 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 2 (IANS) A rainforest vine has evolved dish-shaped leaves which develop echoes to attract bats for pollination, researchers claim.The Cuban plant's leaves develop such conspicuous echoes that the ... Read more...

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VUAA1: New powerful mosquito repellent


May 11th, 2011 - 7:47 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Vanderbilt, May 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Researchers from Vanderbilt University have discovered what they believe is the ultimate weapon against mosquitoes. The new compound has been identified as VUAA1 and the researchers say ... Read more...

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Seafood could carry toxic levels of mercury


April 28th, 2011 - 1:53 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, April 28 (IANS) That succulent lobster you order at a fancy restaurant might be carrying toxic levels of mercury.University of Alberta researchers found that harmless inorganic mercury, discharged by ... Read more...

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Aimless protein plays crucial role in pathogen-based disease


April 3rd, 2011 - 1:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 3 (ANI): Scientists have discovered that a supposedly inactive protein actually plays a crucial role in the ability of one the world's most prolific pathogens to cause disease, findings that ... Read more...

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Arthritis drug could help treat skin cancer


March 24th, 2011 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 24 (ANI): Researchers at University of East Anglia (UEA) and Children's Hospital Boston have made a breakthrough discovery that promises an effective new treatment for one of the deadliest forms ... Read more...

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‘Selfless’ fairy wrens are in fact carefully calculating accountants


March 19th, 2011 - 3:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 19 (ANI): Researchers have debunked a puzzling example of altruism in nature by showing that purple-crowned fairy wrens are in reality cunningly planning for their own future when they assist ... Read more...

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Why being too good looking might cut your chances with females


February 15th, 2011 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Feb 15 (ANI): Traditional theory of evolution maintains that it's the good-looking male that gets the ladies, but a new study might prove otherwise.Research by the University of Queensland (UQ) has ... Read more...

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Parasites’ struggle for ‘long-term survival’ makes malaria ‘deadly’


February 15th, 2011 - 1:49 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 15 (ANI): Malaria is particularly deadly because the parasites that carry it battle other infections for survival, Edinburgh University scientists have claimed.They found, when malaria parasites enter the bloodstream, they ... Read more...

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Study identifies key mechanisms in geographic atrophy


February 7th, 2011 - 1:10 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 7 (ANI): A new study from researchers of the University of Kentucky has discovered a molecular mechanism implicated in geographic atrophy, the major cause of untreatable blindness in the industrialized ... Read more...

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Monogamous animals often wind up with unattractive partners


February 2nd, 2011 - 4:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): According to previous studies, in monogamous species throughout the animal kingdom, each female has a good chance of pairing with a male that matches her ideal choice ... Read more...

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Species Of Giant Crayfish Sighted In Tennessee Represent A New Species


January 21st, 2011 - 7:53 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
January 21, 2011 (Pen Men at Work): A formerly unidentified species of giant crayfish (GC) has been unearthed by two marine biologists in Tennessee, with the species labeled Barbicambarus simmonis, which is ... Read more...

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‘Facebook neurons’ could shed light on brain’s centre of higher learning


January 11th, 2011 - 4:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 11 (ANI): Scientists have discovered that the brain's neocortex contains a complex network of highly active neurons called 'Facebook' neurons.These networks have a small population of highly active members ... Read more...

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Jet lag key to tackling malaria parasites: Study


January 7th, 2011 - 1:46 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 7 (ANI): A new research has suggested that the malaria-causing parasite is poor at spreading the disease if it is jet lagged.Researchers at the University of Edinburgh 'jet lagged' the ... Read more...

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Birch bark ingredient has an array of metabolic benefits


January 5th, 2011 - 12:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 5 (ANI): New studies in animals have shown that an ingredient found in abundance in birch bark has an array of metabolic benefits.In mice, the compound known as betulin lowered ... Read more...

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Discovery suggests new way to prevent HIV from infecting human cells


December 23rd, 2010 - 4:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 23 (ANI): Scientists have discovered how HIV binds to and destroys a specific human antiviral protein called APOBEC3F.The results suggest that a simple chemical change can convert APOBEC3F to ... Read more...

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Use medical research to treat patients: Health Minister


December 9th, 2010 - 3:57 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Thursday urged Indian researchers not to treat medical research only as an academic exercise but use the findings in treating patients."There are ... Read more...

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Human Biological Clocks Depends On The Season You Are Born In


December 7th, 2010 - 7:43 pm ICT by GD
By Madhuri Dey Dec 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new scientific study has revealed that depending on which season a child is born, his or her biological clock functions. It says that the weather ... Read more...

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