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September 29, 2020

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New research identifies a process that might have been key in producing the first organic molecules on Earth about 4 billion years ago, before the origin of life. The ...
Astronomers have discovered a rare molecule -- phosphine -- in the clouds of Venus. On Earth, this gas is only made industrially or by microbes that thrive in oxygen-free ...
A new study has revealed the size of the legendary giant shark Megalodon, including fins that are as large as an ...
Analysis of ACE2, the main receptor that SARS-CoV-2 uses to bind and enter cells, across 410 vertebrate species reveals that ...
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Genomes of Two Millipede Species Shed Light on Their Evolution, Development and Physiology

Researchers have sequenced and analyzed complete genomes from two very different millipede species. The study provides important insights into arthropod evolution, and highlights the genetic ...

Looking at Evolution's Genealogy from Home

Evolution leaves its traces -- in particular -- in genomes. Researchers used '2-n-way' software to determine the relationships between species or individuals and compare any genome of and ...

Landslides: Long-Term Effects on Tundra Vegetation

Landslides have long-term effects on tundra vegetation, a new study shows. Conducting the study in North West Siberia, the researchers found that tundra vegetation regenerated rapidly after a major ...

Sentinels of Ocean Acidification Impacts Survived Earth's Last Mass Extinction

Two groups of tiny, delicate marine organisms, sea butterflies and sea angels, were found to be surprisingly resilient -- having survived dramatic global climate change and Earth's most recent ...

Salute the Venerable Ensign Wasp, Killing Cockroaches for 25 Million Years

A new study has identified four new species of parasitic, cockroach-killing ensign wasps that became encased in tree resin 25 million years ago and were preserved as the resin fossilized into ...

Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey ...

Bird Genes Are Multitaskers, Say Scientists

Scientists have found that although male and female birds have an almost identical set of genes, they function differently in each sex through a mechanism called alternative ...

Tree Rings Show Scale of Arctic Pollution Is Worse Than Previously Thought

The largest-ever study of tree rings from Norilsk in the Russian Arctic has shown that the direct and indirect effects of industrial pollution in the region and beyond are far worse than previously ...

The Male Y Chromosome Does More Than We Thought

While the Y chromosome's role was believed to be limited to the functions of the sexual organs, a scientist has shown that it impacts the functions of other organs as ...

'Stretching Rack' for Cells

An ingenious device, only a few micrometers in size, lets researchers study the reaction of individual biological cells to mechanical ...

The Surprising Organization of Avian Brains

Some birds can perform amazing cognitive feats - even though their forebrains seem to just consist of lumps of grey cells, while mammalian forebrains harbour a highly complex neocortex. A study ...

Primate Brain Size Does Not Predict Their Intelligence

A research team has systematically investigated the cognitive abilities of lemurs, which have relatively small brains compared to other primates. Conducting systematic tests with identical methods ...

Marine Heatwaves Are Human-Made

Heatwaves in the world's oceans have become over 20 times more frequent due to human influence. This is what researchers are now able to demonstrate. Marine heatwaves destroy ecosystems and ...

RAP Tag: A New Protein Purification Approach

Researchers describe a new approach for protein labeling and purification using plant ...

Switching Up: Marine Bacteria Shift Between Lifestyles to Get the Best Resources

Researchers have found that marine bacteria exploit resource patches efficiently by switching between attached and planktonic lifestyles, and fine-tuning the time spent on patches depending on their ...

Major Wind-Driven Ocean Currents Are Shifting Toward the Poles

The severe droughts in the USA and Australia are the first sign that the tropics, and their warm temperatures, are apparently expanding in the wake of climate ...

Secure Nano-Carrier Delivers Medications Directly to Cells

Researchers have developed a stable nano-carrier for medications. A special mechanism makes sure the drugs are only released in diseased ...

New Method Allows Precise Gene Control by Light

A novel optical switch makes it possible to precisely control the lifespan of genetic 'copies'. These are used by the cell as building instructions for the production of ...

Color-Coded Biosensor Illuminates in Real Time How Viruses Attack Hosts

All viruses can only do damage by replicating inside the cells of another organism, their host. Researchers have now shown an important mechanism in this host-attacking process, at the ...

Lending Color to Dead Cells -- A Novel Natural Dye for Screening Cell Viability

Synthetic dyes are commonly used to assess the toxicity of chemical compounds in cell cultures. However, these dyes damage cells, rendering the cultures useless for long-term experiments. Recently, ...

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