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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

New Live-Imaging Technique Reveals Cellular Repair Crew Plugging Leaky Biological Barrier

Feb. 15, 2019 — Suppose you live in a brick house and notice cracks in the mortar that let in cold air, rain and insect pests. You might call a brick mason to repair those leaks and to restore the barrier that keeps ... read more

Oldest Americans Most Focused on Reducing Food Waste

Feb. 14, 2019 — The vast majority of Americans are paying attention to reducing food waste with the oldest being the most cognizant, according to the latest ... read more

Feb. 14, 2019 — A research group has used a non-destructive methodology to determine the role of specific algae, lichens, mosses, cyanobacteria, etc. that may be causing exfoliation and delamination, which are ... read more

How Proteins Become Embedded in a Cell Membrane

Feb. 14, 2019 — Many proteins with important biological functions are embedded in a biomembrane in the cells of humans and other living organisms. But how do they get in there in the first place? Researchers have ... read more

Feb. 14, 2019 — Most plant species on earth are reliant on insects for pollination, including more than 30% of the food crops we eat. With insects facing rapid global decline, it is crucial that scientists ... read more

Diagnostic Tool for Detecting Cryptosporidium

Feb. 14, 2019 — Using a small and inexpensive biosensor, researchers have developed a novel low-cost technique that quickly and accurately detects cryptosporidium contamination in water ... read more

Stress in Crops Points to Surprising Benefits

Feb. 14, 2019 — Stress is known as the 'killer disease' and in humans it can lead to an increased risk of terminal issues such as heart attack or stroke. But now research indicates that stress in the plant ... read more

'Old' Sperm Produces Healthier Offspring

Feb. 14, 2019 — Research shows that sperm that live for longer before fertilizing an egg produce healthier offspring. What's more, these offspring go on to have longer, healthier lifespans -- and in turn ... read more

Feb. 14, 2019 — Researchers wanted to know how Magellanic penguin parents in South America balance the dietary demands of multiple chicks. They found that when a Magellanic penguin parent returns to its nest with ... read more

Cannabis Use in Teens Linked to Risk of Depression in Young Adults

Feb. 13, 2019 — Cannabis is the most commonly used recreational drug by teenagers worldwide. In Canada, among youth aged 15 to 19 years, the rate of past-year cannabis use is 20.6 percent, while in England, 4 ... read more

Feb. 13, 2019 — At the southern tip of the Himalayas, farmers in the Kangra region of India's Himachal Pradesh graze cattle among rolling hills and forests. The forests, under management by the state or farmer ... read more

Feb. 13, 2019 — Marine scientists have developed a methodology to assess fish stocks that combines new data with archeological and historical records - some dating back to the 8th Century ... read more

More Scrutiny Needed for Less-Deadly Foodborne Bacteria

Feb. 13, 2019 — Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria -- Bacillus cereus -- which cause foodborne illness, according to ... read more

Feb. 13, 2019 — Researchers found that if a squirrel inherits territory from a male rather than a female, it will have about 1,300 more cones in its midden. This stored energy will keep the squirrel alive an extra ... read more

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Linked to Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Study Shows

Feb. 13, 2019 — Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in a horse's environment may play a role in the development of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), according to new ... read more

Future of US Citrus May Hinge on Consumer Acceptance of Genetically Modified Food

Feb. 13, 2019 — A tiny insect, no bigger than the head of a pin, is threatening to topple the multibillion-dollar citrus industry in the US by infecting millions of acres of orchards with an incurable bacterium ... read more

Fate of Meerkats Tied to Seasonal Climate Effects

Feb. 13, 2019 — Does a drier and hotter climate present a threat to the meerkats in the Kalahari Desert? Researchers show that climate change is likely to impact meerkats, and seasonal rainfall and temperature will ... read more

Newly Isolated Human Gut Bacterium Reveals Possible Connection to Depression

Feb. 13, 2019 — Researchers have established a correlation between depression and a group of neurotransmitter-producing bacteria found in the human ... read more

Human Antiviral 'GS-441524' Shows Great Promise Against Infectious Disease in Cats

Feb. 13, 2019 — The emergence of exotic diseases such as Ebola and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in people has prompted intensive research into new drug treatments, and this is indirectly bringing benefit ... read more

Bioluminescent Deep-Sea Creatures Illuminate the Effectiveness of New Cancer Therapies

Feb. 13, 2019 — A new tool can improve development and effectiveness of leading-edge cancer therapies derived from patients' immune ... read more

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