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Odd Creatures: Plants & Animals
August 12, 2020

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Time-Shifted Inhibition Helps Electric Fish Ignore Their Own Signals

African fish called mormyrids communicate using pulses of electricity. New research shows that a time-shifted signal in the brain helps the fish to ignore their own pulse. This skill has co-evolved ...

Swallowing This Colonoscopy-Like Bacteria Grabber Could Reveal Secrets About Your Health

Your gut bacteria could say a lot about you, such as why you're diabetic or how you respond to certain drugs. But scientists can see only so much of ...

Mathematical Patterns Developed by Alan Turing Help Researchers Understand Bird Behavior

Scientists have used mathematical modelling to understand why flocks of long-tailed tits segregate themselves into different parts of the ...

Most Close Relatives of Birds Neared the Potential for Powered Flight but Few Crossed Its Thresholds

New research has resulted in an updated evolutionary tree of early birds and their closest relatives to reconstruct powered flight potential, showing ...
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Dinosaur Relative's Genome Linked to Mammals: Curious Genome of Ancient Reptile

Biologists have sequenced the genome of the tuatara, a lizard-like creature that lives on the islands of New ...

Molecular Forces: The Surprising Stretching Behavior of DNA

Experiments with DNA molecules show that their mechanical properties are completely different from what those of macroscopic objects - and this has important consequences for biology and medicine. ...

Artificial Organelles Created to Control Cellular Behavior

Biomedical engineers have demonstrated a method for controlling the phase separation of an emerging class of proteins to create artificial membrane-less organelles within human cells. The advance, ...

Nanostructures Modeled on Moth Eyes Effective for Anti-Icing

Researchers have been working for decades on improving the anti-icing performance of functional surfaces and new work investigates a unique nanostructure, modeled on moth eyes, that has anti-icing ...

Malignant Cancer Diagnosed in a Dinosaur for the First Time

New research has led to the discovery and diagnosis of an aggressive malignant bone cancer -- an osteosarcoma -- for the first time ever in a dinosaur. No malignant cancers (tumous that can spread ...

New Species of Fungus Sticking out of Beetles

A comprehensive study on a group of unique ectoparasitic fungi associated with insects and other arthropods in Belgium and the Netherlands has been published. The paper provides identification ...

New Studies Show How to Save Parasites and Why It's Important

An international group of scientists have laid out an ambitious global conservation plan for parasites. Another group of researchers found that the responses of parasites to environmental change are ...

Immune Functions Traded in for Reproductive Success

Researchers have investigated the phenomenon of sexual parasitism in deep-sea anglerfish. The scientists show that this very rare mode of reproduction is associated with the loss of adaptive ...

Metal-Breathing Bacteria Could Transform Electronics, Biosensors, and More

When the Shewanella oneidensis bacterium 'breathes' in certain metal and sulfur compounds anaerobically, the way an aerobic organism would process oxygen, it produces materials that could ...

Exposure to Enzymes Causes Peculiar Response in Liquid Droplets Formed by DNA

'A watched pot never boils,' as the saying goes, but that was not the case for researchers watching a 'pot' of liquids formed from DNA. In fact, the opposite ...

Deep Sea Microbes Dormant for 100 Million Years Are Hungry and Ready to Multiply

Researchers reveal that given the right food in the right laboratory conditions, microbes collected from subseafloor sediment as old as 100 million years can revive and multiply, even after laying ...

Return of the Zombie Cicadas: Manipulative Qualities of Fungal-Infected Flyers

Cicadas infected with the parasitic fungus Massospora unknowingly engage in trickery with their fellow insects, resulting in effective disease transmission, according to new research. Massospora ...

In Cell Studies, Seaweed Extract Outperforms Remdesivir in Blocking COVID-19 Virus

In a test of antiviral effectiveness against the virus that causes COVID-19, an extract from edible seaweeds substantially outperformed remdesivir, the current standard antiviral used to combat the ...

Meet Cosmo, a Bull Calf Designed to Produce More Male Offspring

Scientists have successfully produced a bull calf, named Cosmo, who was genome-edited as an embryo so that he'll produce more male ...

Giant, Fruit-Gulping Pigeon Eaten Into Extinction on Pacific Islands

A large fruit-eating bird from Tonga joins the dodo in the lineup of giant island pigeons hunted to ...

Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases in Dairy Cattle Through Genetic Selection

Researchers propose mitigating methane production by dairy cattle through breeding. Scientists are targeting reduction of enteric methane in the breeding objectives for dairy cattle to select for ...

Is It a Bird, a Plane? Not Superman, but a Flapping Wing Drone

A drone prototype that mimics the aerobatic manoeuvres of one of the world's fastest birds, the swift, is being developed by an international team of engineers in the latest example of ...

Antibiotics Disrupt Development of the 'Social Brain' in Mice

Antibiotic treatment in early life impedes brain signalling pathways that function in social behavior and pain regulation in mice, a new study has ...

The invasive lionfish has become a growing threat to the ecological balance of Atlantic waters. To gather insight regarding its impact on reef communities, scientists evaluated the predatory ...

Spider Monkey Groups as Collective Computers

New research shows that spider monkeys use collective computation to figure out the best way to find ...

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