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Bugs bask in sunlight to fight germs


August 26th, 2012 - 6:14 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Aug 26 (IANS) A North American bug species basks in sunlight to fend off germs on the body, according to a new discovery.Western Boxelder Bugs (WBB), found largely in ... Read more...

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Seagrass can help mitigate climate change


May 23rd, 2012 - 2:12 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 23 (IANS) Seagrasses can hold as much carbon as the world's temperate and tropical forests and play an important role in mitigating in climate change, says a first ... Read more...

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Meet the planet’s most powerful biters


March 19th, 2012 - 12:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 19 (IANS) A 17 ft Australian saltwater crocodile exerts the most powerful bite on earth, recorded at 3,700 pounds, beating a wild American alligator with a 2,980-pound ... Read more...

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Oil spill harms marine life, but recovery possible


March 12th, 2012 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 12 (IANS) Crabs, insects and spiders, hit by the huge 2010 oil spill from the rig Deepwater Horizon, surprisingly recovered within a year if their host plants remained ... Read more...

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Insects watch skies to navigate


January 18th, 2012 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 18 (IANS) How do insects such as butterflies, locusts and fruit flies navigate thousands of miles so precisely with only the unchanging sky in the foreground? Researchers now ... Read more...

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Gene tech can bolster global food supply


October 11th, 2011 - 1:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 11 (IANS) Genetically-modified plants could bolster global food supply which is being challenged by rapid climatic changes and rising population levels.Over 90 percent of the total food supply ... Read more...

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Heat-loving fungi open way to greener fuels


October 5th, 2011 - 1:21 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Oct 5 (IANS) Two heat-loving fungi, found in composts that self-ignite minus flame or spark, could pave the way to faster development of greener biofuels and chemicals, new research ... Read more...

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Genes that regenerate nerves after injury isolated


September 22nd, 2011 - 5:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 22 (IANS) Biologists have identified 76 genes that play a vital role in regenerating nerves after injury. This opens the way to develop therapies to repair spinal cord ... Read more...

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Sound health depends on minority microbes


August 3rd, 2011 - 6:16 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 3 (IANS) A one-hundredth of one percent of total microbes that inhabit the colon, a section of the large intestine, may be minor in number but are fundamental ... Read more...

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Ants use chemical weapon to vanquish invaders


June 9th, 2011 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 9 (IANS) Argentine ants are marching over the world, spreading into Mediterranean and subtropical climates, vanquishing native ant species, a latest research reports. However a native ant species ... Read more...

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Sex or nice weather - the agonizing choice some birds face


April 7th, 2011 - 6:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 7 (ANI): A new University of Guelph study has found that some birds find themselves having to make a choice between migrating and mating, opting for either survival or breeding.The ... Read more...

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Potential new way for plants to fend off pests - starvation


March 30th, 2011 - 5:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 30 (ANI): A potential new way for plants to fend off pests is starvation, revealed a study at Michigan State University.Gregg Howe, biochemistry and molecular biology professor, cites that this ... Read more...

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Scientists debunk creationists’ claim that dinos and humans co-existed


March 28th, 2011 - 5:32 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 28 (ANI): An ancient cave drawing high on a rock formation in Utah has ignited a firestorm between creationists and scientists.Creationists are claiming the famous dinosaur petroglyph at the Kachina ... Read more...

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How veggies protect against cancer


March 8th, 2011 - 3:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 8 (ANI): A new research by scientists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham has shown how vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage help reverse or prevent cancers and other ... Read more...

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How ovarian cancer resists chemotherapy


March 3rd, 2011 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): Scientists at York University have uncovered a genetic process that may allow ovarian cancer to resist chemotherapy.They studied a tiny strand of our genetic makeup known as a ... Read more...

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Gene makes ovarian cancer resistant to chemotherapy


March 3rd, 2011 - 12:59 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, March 3 (IANS) Researchers have zeroed in on a genetic process that may explain why ovarian cancer is resistant to chemotherapy.They studied a tiny strand of the genetic makeup ... Read more...

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How misfolded protein spreads from cell to cell, potentially spreading disease


February 19th, 2011 - 5:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 19 (ANI): A new study has found that one misfolded protein may be all that's necessary to corrupt other proteins, forming large aggregations linked to several incurable neurodegenerative diseases such ... Read more...

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How does brain sniff out a predator?


February 6th, 2011 - 3:24 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) Mice fear the scent of a predator -- but how do their brains sniff out that a cat is nearby? It's a complex process that starts with the ... Read more...

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New study explains how brain knows what the nose smells


February 5th, 2011 - 12:46 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 5 (ANI): We know that a scent picked up by nose receptors travels to the brain, but how the brain processes these smells has never been explained until now.Stanford researchers ... Read more...

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Stilettoes ‘make your legs more toned’


February 2nd, 2011 - 3:06 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 2 (ANI): It looks like killer heels are not just a sexy accessory - they are a way of getting a fabulous set of pins.According to a new research, stilettos ... Read more...

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Novel finding could lead to new therapies for asthma, COPD


January 28th, 2011 - 5:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 28 (ANI): Scientists from a University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have demonstrated that a single "master switch" enzyme, known as aldose reductase, is key in producing excess mucous ... Read more...

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DNA test can now tell hair colour


January 6th, 2011 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 6 (IANS) Researchers have found that DNA taken from blood, sperm, saliva or skin cells can tell whether someone has red or black hair with more than 90 percent accuracy.The ... Read more...

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Why female squirrels are promiscuous


December 16th, 2010 - 2:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 16 (ANI): Scientists at the University of Guelph have finally discovered why female squirrels are so darn promiscuous.Turns out it has nothing to do with genes and everything to ... Read more...

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Power and corruption ‘maintain cooperation in society’


December 15th, 2010 - 3:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 15 (ANI): Power and corruption may play a role in maintaining overall societal cooperation, says a new study.Francisco Ubeda, an evolutionary biology professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and ... Read more...

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Does corruption, power fuel cooperation in society?


December 15th, 2010 - 2:31 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) Moral corruption and power asymmetries are pervasive in human societies, but as it turns out, they may fuel societal cooperation!Francisco Úbeda, evolutionary biology professor at the University of ... Read more...

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Engineered bugs could ‘turn plant material into biofuels’


December 2nd, 2010 - 2:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 2 (ANI): New research from Concordia University shows that bacterium can be engineered to transform plant material into biofuels or other chemicals.Concordia biology professor Vincent Martin and student Andrew ... Read more...

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Biggest impact of warming is on life in the tropics


October 7th, 2010 - 2:45 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 7 (ANI): New research shows that even though the temperature increase has been smaller in the tropics, the impact of warming on life could be much greater there than in ... Read more...

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Scientists decode genomes of sexually precocious fruit flies


September 17th, 2010 - 4:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sept 17 (ANI): Scientists have deciphered how lowly fruit flies bred to rapidly develop and reproduce actually evolve over time.The findings by UC Irvine researchers contradict the long-held belief that sexual ... Read more...

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Feeling lazy? Blame it on your genes


September 4th, 2010 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 4 (IANS) Ever wondered why you struggle to get yourself to the gym? Well, the answer may lie in your genes. Scientists now claim a desire to keep fit and do ... Read more...

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Ants scare jumbos from stripping tree cover


September 3rd, 2010 - 4:41 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) Tiny ants are scaring away jumbos about a billion times their size from stripping the tree cover, scientists have discovered. Columns of angered ants will swarm elephant trunks ... Read more...

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Scientists urge world to adopt rare surnames


August 31st, 2010 - 12:46 am ICT by IANS
Berlin, Aug 30 (DPA) Two scientists have proposed a worldwide fight to push back common surnames, suggesting in a German academic journal that the custom of always naming children after their fathers ... Read more...

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Gene involved in aging also linked to Alzheimer’s


July 23rd, 2010 - 1:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 23 (ANI): A gene previously implicated in the aging process has now been linked to Alzheimer's disease (AD).MIT biology professor Leonard Guarente and his colleagues showed that in mice engineered ... Read more...

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Ala. prof - Amy Bishop charged in brother’s 1986 death


June 17th, 2010 - 8:06 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Alabama, Jun 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A biology professor, Amy Bishop has been charged with the shooting and killing of her 18 year old brother, Seth Bishop in 1986.Amy Bishop has also ... Read more...

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Alabama University Professor Found Guilty In Brother’s Death


June 17th, 2010 - 8:05 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri Alabama, June 17, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Amy Bishop a former biology professor who worked in University of Alabama Huntsville got indicted Wednesday for killing her brother way back in 1986. She ... Read more...

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Seabirds’ diets cause metal contamination of Arctic ponds


May 26th, 2010 - 3:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 26 (ANI): Potent metals like mercury and lead, which are ingested by Arctic seabirds feeding in the ocean, end up in the sediment of polar ponds, a collaborative research team ... Read more...

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