"Because of this fundamental similarity between all animals, understanding how a worm assembles its excretory system may very well be relevant to understanding kidney physiology and regeneration in humans," he adds.
Mating with Neanderthals and another ancient group called Denisovans introduced genes that help us cope with viruses to this day, they conclude. Previous research had indicated that prehistoric interbreeding led to up to 4% of the modern human gen
What makes the newly created animals different is that their genetic code has been extended to create biological molecules not known in the natural world. Genes are the DNA blueprints that enable living organisms to construct their biological mach
auses its distinctive yellowing symptoms in plants by slicing a gene that makes chlorophyll, the green pigment in leaves. By preventing the production of chlorophyll, the virus causes the leaves to become partially or entirely yellowed which dramatic
becoming terrestrial adults. Higher concentrations of oxygen in air would have meant higher concentrations dissolved in water. I hate to be picky, but this is unlikely to be true at all. The results showed that juvenile stoneflies are more sens
When seawater interacts with hot rock and rising magma, it becomes superheated, dissolving minerals out of the Earth's crust. At hydrothermal vents, this superheated energy-laden seawater gushes back out into the ocean at temperatures of up to 400
he fossils were discovered on the Campbelton coast. North Carolina paleontologist Patricia Gensel published the finding this week in the journal Science. Miller said Gensel's work sheds light on life during the Devonian period of Earth's history
Moskalyova and her stepfather, Igor Tsyganenkov, were camping near a river in Russia when the mother bear attacked him. It reportedly broke his neck and smashed his skull. Having witnessed the attack, Moskalyova attempted to flee but was able to run
While placebos typically are used in health related areas, could those drinking the Obama Kool-Aid actually be suffering from some type of placebo effect as well? In other words, are people who are told that they should believe the words of Barack
"In vampire bats, however, the TRPV1 activation threshold is lowered to about 30 C," wrote Fenton in an accompanying commentary piece inNature.
The researchers were in the field studying wood-decaying fungi when they happened upon the specimen, which they describe in the journal Fungal Biology. "We were not specifically looking for this fungus; we did not know the fungus can grow so huge
Unable to overtake its swifter dinner on the hoof, the exhausted wolf abandons the chase and retreats to the rocky shore. There, it paces back and forth, eyeing us in frustration as hungry members of its pack howl for updates from deep within B.C.'s
They found that the African crested rat chews the roots and bark of a highly toxic tree, and then smears the lethal mixture on its specially adapted fur. Any animals that attack receive a mouthful of potentially deadly poison. It is the first t
Antimatter is produced in equal quantities with matter when energy is converted into mass — this happens in particle colliders and is believed to have happened during the Big Bang at the beginning of the universe. That's why physicists are puzzled
Power cites the example of Yellowstone National Park in the US where the loss of wolves led to over-browsing of riparian (riverside) aspen and willows by elk. "As is so often the case with other apex consumers, man was to blame for the disappearance
He obtained data from lots of experimental groups, including his own, and we found a remarkably successful agreement between theory and experiment at a level that has never been achieved before in this field."
ASCE estimated the "costs to households and businesses" from transportation deficiencies in 2010 to be $130 billion. (pg. 3 of the report) ASCE estimated the cumulative losses to businesses will be $430 billion by 2020. (pg. 5) ASCE estimated
"With our approach to fabricating photonic crystals, there's a lot of potential to optimize electronic and optical properties simultaneously," said Erik Nelson, a former graduate student in Braun's lab who now is a postdoctoral researcher at Harv
Scientists have long known that birds, or avian dinosaurs, lived during the Mesozoic, the era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Although researchers have discovered numerous Mesozoic bird species, these were virtually all the size of crows or smaller.
The data "provide compelling evidence" that the oil component of the plume sampled in June 2010 essentially comprised benzene, toluene, ethybenzene, and total xylenes--together, called BTEX--at concentrations of about 70 micrograms per liter, the r
It all happened on the night of June 10,” she told KP. “I was sleeping, my daughter was sitting at the computer looking at the internet. She says that about 2.00 am she heard a sound in the yard. Some whining. “The dog which guards the farm scre
The results showed that King Tut belonged to a genetic profile group, known as haplogroup R1b1a2, to which more than 50 percent of all men in Western Europe belong, indicating that they share a common ancestor.
The two primary goals for a telescope are sensitivity and angular resolution. Interferometry among telescope arrays has become a standard technique in astronomy, allowing greater resolving power than would be available to a single telescope. In today
"There is no question in my mind it's muzzling," said Jeffrey Hutchings, a senior fisheries scientist at Halifax's Dalhousie University. "When the lead author of a paper in Science is not permitted to speak about her work, that is suppression
'Pterosaurs were the first flying animals - they appeared on Earth 50 million years before Archaeopteryx, the first bird - and they were good at what they did. But the amazing thing is that they didn't really begin to evolve until after the birds h
Canada's fabled East Coast fishery, which was feared to be gone forever, is showing "very positive" signs of recovery, according to scientists.
Scripps scientists Steve Cande and Dave Stegman have now discovered a new force that drives plate tectonics: Plumes of hot magma pushing up from Earth's deep interior. Their research is published in the July 7 issue of the journal Nature. Using a
They found the fossil buried just five inches below the K-T boundary, the geological layer that marks the transition from the Cretaceous period to the Tertiary period at the time of the mass extinction that took place 65 million years ago.
Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have discovered previously unknown volcanoes in the ocean waters around the remote South Sandwich Islands. Using ship-borne sea-floor mapping technology during research cruises onboard the RRS James Clar
Ammonia transformed the naturally occurring crystalline allomorph Iβ to IIII, which led to a decrease in the number of cellulose intrasheet hydrogen bonds and an increase in the number of intersheet hydrogen bonds. This rearrangement of the hydr