plants and animals

A rhythm awry means rolls of fat


August 30th, 2012 - 2:41 pm ICT by IANS
Circadian rhythms include the sleep-wake cycle. Rhythms in hormone release are controlled by a molecular clock present in every cell of the body, which has its own inbuilt, default rhythm of ... Read more...

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New family of fierce spiders discovered


August 20th, 2012 - 9:29 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
California, Aug 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new family of spiders have been discovered as the researchers claimed. This was a report that was established when the amateurs discovered about a certain family ... Read more...

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Third of Earth’s organisms live in rocks, sediments


August 9th, 2012 - 12:56 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 8 (IANS) A third of the Earth's organisms live in our planet's rocks and sediments - and the amount could even be greater undersea than what we ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Israel to hand over historical building to Russia


June 26th, 2012 - 12:20 pm ICT by IANS
Jerusalem, June 26 (IANS) Sergei Courtyard compound, one of the most important heritage sites in Jerusalem, is all set to officially come under Russian ownership following an agreement between ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Migrants introduced farming in Europe 5,000 years ago: Study


April 27th, 2012 - 5:33 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 27 (IANS) Migrants from the Mediterranean region brought agriculture to northern Europe some 5,000 years ago when its original inhabitants were nomadic hunter-gatherers living off plants and animals, ... Read more...

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Stop fungal disease in crops, feed 600 million


April 12th, 2012 - 12:01 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 12 (IANS) Stemming fungal diseases in the world's five most important crops could feed more than 600 million people, according to a new study.Fungal infections destroy 125 million ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Bug’s signal helps its army as also alert target


December 19th, 2011 - 6:26 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) A signal emanating from invading bugs not only helps them organise but also alerts their intended target, the rice plants, to activate their defence mechanisms! This ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Rising temperatures could render some species homeless


November 7th, 2011 - 3:15 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 7 (IANS) Mass migration of animal and plant species, forced by rising temperatures, could leave some marine species virtually homeless. An international team, led by Mike Burrows from ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Early men stayed at home while their females worked


June 2nd, 2011 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 2 (IANS) Early species of cavemen who roamed the earth two million years ago did not go to work but stayed at home and looked after the kids, ... Read more...

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Exposure to pesticides likely to trigger Parkinson’s


May 27th, 2011 - 4:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 27 (IANS) Exposure to pesticides near farmland and homes is also likely to trigger Parkinson's, a degenerative disease which brings on shakiness, slowness of movement, depression and sweating, ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Two Maharashtra brothers to contend in US Tech Challenge


April 20th, 2011 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 20 (IANS) Ahnand and Karuna Vethanayagam, two young Indian brothers from Maharashtra, are coming to the US to contend in the Bay Area's largest team-design science competition, the ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Can clams help clean oil-filled waters?


February 27th, 2011 - 12:36 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 27 (ANI): Researchers at Southeastern Louisiana University are studying the lowly Rangia clam, common in the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and other brackish bodies of water, to determine ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Mother Nature’s new gift to prevent and treat bone diseases


February 3rd, 2011 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 3 (ANI): A new discovery of a substance-obtained from a coral-reef inhabiting cyanobacterium-may pave way for new drugs to prevent and treat bone diseases.By some estimates, more than half of ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Tigers could triple in Asia


January 26th, 2011 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 26 (IANS) Asian tiger reserves could support more than 10,000 wild tigers, or three times the current number, if core breeding sites are protected, say the world's leading conservationists. ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Plants moved downhill, not up, in warming world: Study


January 21st, 2011 - 4:36 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 21 (ANI): A University of California, Davis, study has challenged a widely held assumption that plants will move uphill in response to warmer temperatures.Between 1930 and 2000, instead of colonizing ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Ice-age reptile extinctions shed light on responses to climate change


December 10th, 2010 - 5:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 10 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that a wave of reptile extinctions on the Greek islands over the past 15,000 years may shed light on how ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Snot affects out sense of smell: Study


December 2nd, 2010 - 2:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 2 (ANI): A new study in mice has found out that enzymes in nasal mucus change certain scents well before the nose can detect them.This might explain why a ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Amazonian biodiversity much older than previously thought


November 30th, 2010 - 3:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 30 (ANI): A new study has suggested that the Amazonian biodiversity originated with the formation of the Andes-and dates back further than previously realised.An international research group, headed by a ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Plants, animals use similar mechanism when fending off diseases


November 19th, 2010 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 19 (ANI): Through the ages, plants and animals have developed strikingly similar mechanisms for detecting microbial invasions and resisting diseases, says a new study.This revelation is a result 15 years ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Biodiversity in Amazon ‘over 20mn yrs older than previously thought’


November 15th, 2010 - 6:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 15 (ANI): A new study has found that the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon region is over 20 million years older than thought.An international team of scientists, including a ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Global warming threat to tropical rainforests exaggerated


November 14th, 2010 - 12:08 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 14 (IANS) The threat to tropical rainforests from global warming may have been exaggerated, says a new study.Researchers have shown that the world's tropical forests thrived in the far distant ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Mountains may offer species ‘refuge habitats’ during climate change


November 10th, 2010 - 4:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 10 (ANI): Swiss researchers have claimed that mountain ranges may represent a 'safer' place to live during changing climate conditions.Daniel Scherrer and Christian Korner from the University of Basel, Switzerland ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Stressed plants and animals ‘keys to better stock market predictions’


November 4th, 2010 - 1:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 04 (ANI): A new study has revealed that stock markets react to crisis in a similar way to plants and the human body.An extensive analysis of biological and financial data ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

UN biodiversity summit ends with agreement (Roundup)


October 30th, 2010 - 1:13 am ICT by IANS
By Joydeep Gupta Nagoya (Japan), Oct 29 (IANS) The Oct 18-29 UN biodiversity summit ended here Friday with agreement over a strategic plan on how to protect animals and plants, how to provide ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

New bat species that look like Star Wars’ Yoda have been discovered


October 8th, 2010 - 8:13 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
A new species of tube-nosed bat was discovered which resembles with Star Wars Jedi Master Yoda. The bat was found in remote rainforest area of a region of Papua New Guinea.Apart from ... Read more...

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Our oceans home to 750,000 undiscovered species


October 4th, 2010 - 4:07 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 4 (IANS) The oceans are bustling with far greater diversity of life than previously thought, says the first Census of Marine Life -- 10 years in the making. It will ... Read more...

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‘Move it or lose it’ ultimatum for species conservation


October 2nd, 2010 - 11:51 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 1 (ANI): Experts have said that climate change is forcing a 'move it or lose it' approach to species conservation.Managed relocation (MR) is literally the physical relocation of endangered or ... Read more...

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Humans migrated from Africa to India 20,000 yrs earlier than believed


September 20th, 2010 - 12:17 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sept 20 (ANI): A discovery of Stone Age tools, mainly either spear heads or scrapers, has revealed that migration from Africa to India and other South-East Asian countries as well as ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Exercise capacity is an inherited trait


September 2nd, 2010 - 1:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 2 (ANI): Voluntary activity, such as daily exercise, is a highly heritable trait that can be passed down genetically to successive generations, according to biologists at the University of California, ... Read more...

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Climate change likely to wipe out 80 percent of rain forests


August 6th, 2010 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 6 (IANS) Climate change is likely to wipe out 80 percent of rain forests by 2100 and less than one in five of the plants and animals which inhabit these ... Read more...

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Governor Sankaranarayanan bats for new airport in Mumbai


July 29th, 2010 - 11:15 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan Thursday expressed a strong need for a new airport in Mumbai contending that a balance has to be maintained between the "concerns of environment ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Novel mechanism may help turn off cancer growth in humans


June 8th, 2010 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 8 (ANI): Despite being different organisms, plants and animals share a surprising number of biological mechanisms. Now, a plant biologist at Tel Aviv University says that one of these mechanisms ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Scientists create artificial life in lab (Lead)


May 21st, 2010 - 5:43 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 21 (IANS) Three Indian-origin scientists are part of a team that has for the first time created a synthetic cell, controlled by man-made genetic instructions, which can also reproduce itself. The ... Read more...

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Scientists create first synthetic cell


May 21st, 2010 - 10:06 am ICT by IANS
Washington, May 21 (IANS) In a major breakthrough, scientists have for the first time created a synthetic cell, controlled by man-made genetic instructions, which can also reproduce itself. "We call it the first ... Read more...

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World’s rising consumption killing off third of all plants and animals


May 9th, 2010 - 4:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 9 (ANI): With human populations surging and people consuming more, animal and plant species are being killed off faster than ever before, says a United Nations report.The report, which has ... Read more...

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