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December 12, 2018

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December 12, 2018

How Fruit Flies Ended Up in Our Fruit Bowls

Dec. 7, 2018 — Fruit flies can be a scourge in our homes, but to date no-one has known how they became our uninvited lodgers. For decades, researchers have searched for their origins and now a Swedish-American ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster is quite possibly the most studied organism on the planet. Fruit flies are also quite familiar residents in many of our kitchens, attracted as they are to the ... read more

Not Too Big, Not Too Small: Tree Frogs Choose Pools That Are Just Right

Dec. 5, 2018 — Frogs that raise their young in tiny pools of water that collect on plant leaves must make a delicate trade-off between the risk of drying out and the risk of being eaten, according to a new ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — An ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile resembles its distant relative in more than appearance, according to an international team of researchers. Molecular and microstructural analysis of a ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — More than two centuries before initiatives to increase the number of women in STEM fields, Maria Sibylla Merian was a professional artist and naturalist whose close observations and illustrations ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — What does the brain do when things go bump in the night? Researchers are looking at neural activity in the amygdala by studying how mice react when they hear a sound they've been taught to ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — Scientists have advanced our understanding of how ancient animals saw the world by combining the study of fossils and ... read more

Human Environmental Effects Favor Cosmopolitan Species Over Local Iconic Species

Dec. 4, 2018 — Human habitat modification is favoring the same species everywhere, while unique species are disappearing, finds a new ... read more

Dynamics of Chromatin During Organ and Tissue Regeneration

Dec. 4, 2018 — The researchers, who conducted the analysis with Drosphila melanogaster, discovered a group of genes involved in regeneration and which are kept in different ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — A year ago, President Donald Trump announced his intention to reduce the size of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which Utah State University researchers say is a hotspot for ... read more

Set Your Teeth on EDGE: World's Weirdest Sharks and Rays on the Brink of Extinction

Dec. 4, 2018 — Sharks that use a whip-like tail to stun their prey, rays with saws on their faces, and river rays half the length of a bus are among the most unique species at risk of extinction, according to the ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — A new approach uses data analytics and machine learning to predict the conservation status of more than 150,000 plants worldwide. Results suggest that more than 15,000 species likely qualify as ... read more

First Jellyfish Genome Reveals Ancient Beginnings of Complex Body Plan

Dec. 3, 2018 — The first in-depth look at the genome of a jellyfish -- the moon jelly Aurelia aurita -- shows that early jellyfish recycled existing genes to gain the ability to morph from polyp to ... read more

The Secret Contamination of Polar Bears

Dec. 3, 2018 — Using a new approach to measure chemical contaminants in polar bears, scientists found a large variety of new chlorinated and fluorinated substances, including many new polychlorinated biphenyl ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — Referred to as the world's most trafficked mammal, pangolins are not only being gradually pushed to the edge of extinction, but also made an innocent victim to huge cruelty. Having conducted a ... read more

Nov. 30, 2018 — If discovered as fossils, grey and ringed seals are so different that they could be classified as belonging to different families. Yet, a seal pup born in 1929 was found to be an almost perfect ... read more

Nov. 29, 2018 — Researchers report milk provisioning in Toxeus magnus (Araneae: Salticidae), a jumping spider that mimics ants. Milk provisioning in T. magnus involves a specialized organ over an extended period, ... read more

Nov. 29, 2018 — Fruit flies possess all of the cognitive capacities needed to culturally transmit their sexual preferences across generations, according to researchers. Their study provides the first experimental ... read more

Soil Compound Fights Chronic Wasting Disease

Nov. 29, 2018 — A major compound in soil organic matter degrades chronic wasting disease prions and decreases infectivity in mice, according to a new ... read more

Nov. 29, 2018 — Rivaling the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs, one of the most extraordinary transformations in the history of life was the evolution of baleen -- rows of flexible hair-like plates that blue ... read more

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