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January 18, 2019

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January 18, 2019

Orchards in Natural Habitats Draw Bee Diversity, Improve Apple Production

Jan. 17, 2019 — Apple orchards surrounded by agricultural lands are visited by a less diverse collection of bee species than orchards surrounded by natural ... read more

Can a Critic-Turned-Believer Sway Others? The Case of Genetically Modified Foods

Jan. 17, 2019 — When an advocate for one side of an issue announces that he or she now believes the opposite, can that message affect others' views? Research shows that such a conversion message can influence ... read more

Jan. 17, 2019 — Most of our cells contain an immobile primary cilium. The 'skeleton' of the cilium consists of microtubule doublets, which are 'pairs' of proteins essential for their formation ... read more

Individual Lichens Can Have Up to Three Fungi

Jan. 17, 2019 — Individual lichens may contain up to three different fungi, according to new research from an international team of researchers. This evidence provides new insight into another recent discovery that ... read more

Researchers Race Against Extinction to Uncover Tree's Cancer-Fighting Properties

Jan. 17, 2019 — As the population of a fir tree in China dwindles, researchers are racing to replicate its cancer-fighting ... read more

A New Way to Transfer Energy Between Cells

Jan. 17, 2019 — Researchers have described a new method for the transmission of electrons between proteins that refutes the evidence from experiments until now. This process, involved in the generation of energy in ... read more

Jan. 17, 2019 — In biology, folded proteins are responsible for most advanced functions. These complex proteins are the result of evolution or design by scientists. Now scientists have discovered a new class of ... read more

Jan. 17, 2019 — Researchers have developed a highly innovative new enzyme biomarker test that has the potential to indicate diseases and bacterial contamination saving time, money and possibly ... read more

Penguins, Starfish, Whales: Which Animals Will Win and Lose in a Warming Antarctic?

Jan. 17, 2019 — Using risk assessments, like those used for setting occupational safety limits in the workplace, researchers determined the winners and losers of climate change in the Antarctic. They show that ... read more

Antibiotics Still Routinely Prescribed in the ER for Infants With Viral Lung Infections

Jan. 17, 2019 — Despite recommendations first issued more than a decade ago, antibiotics are still routinely prescribed in US emergency rooms for infants with bronchiolitis, a common viral lung infection. The ... read more

Fruit Fly Promiscuity Alters the Evolutionary Forces on Males

Jan. 17, 2019 — Researchers have demonstrated for the first time what effect female fruit flies having multiple partners has on sexual selection -- before and after mating. Sexual selection is the branch of natural ... read more

Jan. 17, 2019 — A team of researchers have discovered the interaction between an Ebola virus protein and a protein in human cells that may be an important key to unlocking the pathway of replication of the killer ... read more

Diet and Food Production Must Radically Change to Save Planet

Jan. 16, 2019 — Transformation of the global food system is urgently needed as more than 3 billion people are malnourished (including people who are undernourished and overnourished), and food production is ... read more

Gut Bacteria Make Key Amino Acids Dispensable, Expanding Food Options for Invasive Flies

Jan. 16, 2019 — Fruit flies fed antibiotics to suppress their gut microbiome are forced to avoid the best food patches if they lack vital amino acids, according to a new ... read more

Unintended Side Effects: Antibiotic Disruption of the Gut Microbiome Dysregulates Skeletal Health

Jan. 16, 2019 — Diet and exercise regulate the accrual of bone mass, but some evidence suggests the microbiome may also play a role. Researchers examined how the gut microbiome impacts skeletal health and what ... read more

Researchers Create 'Shortcut' to Terpene Biosynthesis in E. Coli

Jan. 16, 2019 — Researchers have developed an artificial enzymatic pathway for synthesizing isoprenoids, or terpenes, in E.coli. This shorter, more efficient, cost-effective and customizable pathway transforms E. ... read more

Jan. 16, 2019 — The growth of forest trees all over the world is becoming more water-limited as the climate warms. The effect is most evident in northern climates and at high altitudes where the primary limitation ... read more

Jan. 16, 2019 — Researchers have succeeded in directly measuring three key parameters necessary for skeleton formation in a live tropical coral. This way, they completely characterized the carbonate chemistry at the ... read more

Jan. 16, 2019 — Ozaena ground beetles likely have anatomical adaptations enabling them to parasitize ant nests throughout their life cycle, according to a new ... read more

Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles Recovering After Endangered Species Act Protection

Jan. 16, 2019 — More than three-quarters of marine mammal and sea turtle populations have significantly increased after listing of the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a new ... read more

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