current biology

Molecules that help propel cancer metastasis identified


April 8th, 2011 - 2:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 08 (ANI): Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have identified two molecules that enable cancer to spread inside the body.The findings could eventually lead to ... Read more...

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Political leanings are hardwired in our brains


April 8th, 2011 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 08 (ANI): Wondering why people at opposite ends of the political spectrum often really can't see eye to eye? Here is the answer.A new study has revealed that those differences ... Read more...

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525-mn-year-old fossil sheds new light on primitive sea creatures


March 25th, 2011 - 5:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 25 (ANI): A remarkable fossil, which sheds new light on an important group of primitive sea creatures, has been discovered by researchers from China, Leicester and Oxford.The 525-million-year-old fossil belongs ... Read more...

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New plant species offers insights into how evolution works


March 18th, 2011 - 6:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 18 (ANI): Scientists have revealed that a new plant species is providing an insight into how evolution works and could help improve crop plants.The new plant species, Tragopogon miscellus, appeared ... Read more...

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How quickly you learn those dance moves may be in your genes


March 4th, 2011 - 11:27 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 4 (ANI): Do you find it easy to pick up a dance move or are you the kind with two left feet? Either way, you have your genes to thank ... Read more...

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Even in a crowd, you remain unique


February 23rd, 2011 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) It may be the height of paradox, but being part of a crowd is what gives you individuality, according to life scientists. Biologists Kimberly Pollard and Daniel Blumstein ... Read more...

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Brain’s ‘visual reading’ part does not require vision at all: Study


February 18th, 2011 - 5:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 18 (ANI): A new study has found that the portion of the brain responsible for visual reading lights up - whether it's a person with sight who is reading, or ... Read more...

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How the brain compresses visual info


February 11th, 2011 - 3:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 11 (ANI): A Johns Hopkins study has shed light on how the brain compresses visual information to understand it.A team, led by neuroscientists Ed Connor and Kechen Zhang, found that ... Read more...

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Where does our sense of time come from?


January 21st, 2011 - 1:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 21 (ANI): A new research has found that humans use their senses to help keep track of short intervals of time, and this suggests that our perception of time is ... Read more...

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How environmental changes affect bird behaviors


January 12th, 2011 - 5:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 12 (ANI): A new study has shown an important link between the natural variation in climate conditions and complex behaviors among birds.Researchers Walter Jetz from Yale University and Dustin Rubenstein ... Read more...

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It’s natural for girls to play with dolls and boys to like guns


December 21st, 2010 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 21 (ANI): Girls like to play with dolls and boys love guns because they're programmed to do so, not due to social conditioning, suggests a new study.Scientists have found that ... Read more...

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Gender bender: A face can be both male, female


November 25th, 2010 - 4:43 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 25 (IANS) Gender, like beauty, lies in the eyes of the beholder, it seems. A study shows that even if you are male, your face may appear to be that ... Read more...

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Test can tell suspect’s age from blood drop


November 23rd, 2010 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 23 (IANS) A crime-busting test that can reveal the age of a suspect from a drop of blood has been devised by scientists.Detectives using the test can narrow someone's ... Read more...

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How a drop of blood can reveal your age


November 23rd, 2010 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 23 (ANI): Researchers based in the Netherlands have reported a genetic signature for a person's age - to within a decade or so - in a type of white blood ... Read more...

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For male macaques, bonding is a political move


November 19th, 2010 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 19 (ANI): Thought only humans make friends? Not really, as a new study has found that unrelated male macaques in the wild form close social partnerships with select males in ... Read more...

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Protein study sheds light on insulin response and cancer cell growth


November 6th, 2010 - 4:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 06 (ANI): The United States and Japanese researchers have identified a key step in metabolic pathways linked to diabetes and cancer.TORC 2 activates a protein called Akt, which plays a ... Read more...

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Weak at maths? Try zapping your brain!


November 5th, 2010 - 3:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 5 (IANS) Jolting the brain with an electric current can make it good or bad with numbers, depending on the spot where it is applied, study shows.Oxford University and University ... Read more...

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Electrical brain stimulation may boost math skills


November 5th, 2010 - 1:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 5 (ANI): Researchers have shown that by applying electrical current to the brain they could enhance a person's mathematical performance for up to 6 months without influencing their other cognitive ... Read more...

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Dogs can also be pessimists and ’see the glass half empty’


October 12th, 2010 - 12:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 12 (ANI): It seems unlikely that a dog could be pessimistic, but a new study suggests that sometimes even they see the glass half empty.A study at the University of ... Read more...

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Sometimes, even dogs ’see the glass half empty’


October 12th, 2010 - 12:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 12 (ANI): It seems unlikely that a dog could be pessimistic, but a new study suggests that sometimes even they see the glass half empty.A study at the University of ... Read more...

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Why rubbing a bump or scrape makes it feel better?


September 27th, 2010 - 3:43 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 27 (IANS) Does rubbing a bump or scrape make it feel better? Scientists found that people experience much less pain when they gently rub a sore part of the body. The ... Read more...

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Why we naturally clutch our hands after injury


September 24th, 2010 - 12:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 24 (ANI): A new study reveals why we naturally clutch our hand when it gets hurt.University College London researchers said that self-touch offers significant relief for acute pain under experimental ... Read more...

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Alzheimer’s drug enhances perceptual learning in healthy adults


September 17th, 2010 - 4:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 17 (ANI): Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that a drug commonly prescribed to Alzheimer's disease patients boosts perceptual learning in healthy adults.In a new study, ... Read more...

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Male bowerbirds entice females with optical tricks


September 12th, 2010 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 12 (IANS) One of nature's greatest artists was bending perspective long before Michelangelo applied the same technique to his Statue of David. Male bowerbirds are well known for making elaborate ... Read more...

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What makes your biological clock tick?


September 9th, 2010 - 5:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 9 (ANI): University of Pennsylvania biologists may have solved the mystery behind the continuously ticking human biological clock.Richard Schultz and Michael Lampson showed that this basic fact of reproductive life ... 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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Clue to egg flaws in older women found


September 3rd, 2010 - 12:43 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 03 (ANI): Scientists may soon discover why older women are more likely to produce abnormal eggs.The Newcastle University team saw a fall in levels of proteins called cohesins, essential for ... Read more...

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Bat species use remarkable stealth technique to sneak up on their prey


August 24th, 2010 - 5:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 24 (ANI): Scientists in the UK have discovered that a rare British bat has developed remarkable stealth technique to sneak up on moths.Holger Goerlitz of the University of Bristol in ... Read more...

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You can’t fool a wasp with a false show of bravado


August 21st, 2010 - 5:51 pm ICT by ANI
Normal 0London, Aug 21 (ANI): Wasps hate cheating rivals - rivals that either 'look' strong but can't fight or the ones that really are tough but don't look the part.According ... Read more...

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Wasps with more spots ‘tend to be more ferocious’


August 21st, 2010 - 4:56 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 21 (ANI): Researchers have found how to tell whether a wasp is aggressive - by looking at the markings on its head.When female paper wasps fight it out for nest ... Read more...

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Scientists show how to spot an angry wasp


August 20th, 2010 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 20 (IANS) You need to look a wasp in the face to tell whether it is angry before it stings you, say scientists. But be warned. If you dare undertake ... Read more...

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Why some people can block out noise during sleep


August 10th, 2010 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 10 (IANS) Some people can sleep through anything because their brains are capable of "fending off" noise. Researchers have found that heavy sleepers are able to block outside noise getting ... Read more...

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Even insects have a self-protective instinct (Lead)


August 10th, 2010 - 1:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 10 (IANS) Plant-dwelling insects drop to the ground to avoid being chewed by herbivores as they can sense the imminent danger on mammals' breath, a study has found. Herbivores could easily ... Read more...

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Plant insects sense mammalian breath to escape from being eaten


August 10th, 2010 - 1:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 10 (ANI): Plant insects have a unique way of escaping predators - they sense the mammal's breath.The insects sense mammalian breath and simply drop to the ground to avoid being ... Read more...

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Why some people can sleep even through an earthquake


August 10th, 2010 - 12:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 10 (ANI): Ever wondered why some people are capable of sleeping even through an earthquake, while others wake up at the slightest noise?"We found that by measuring brain waves during ... Read more...

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