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June 28, 2022

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The neural and cognitive complexity of the octopus could originate from a molecular analogy with the human brain, according to a new study. The research shows that the same ...
An international team of 114 scientists reports the most comprehensive study of aging and longevity to date of reptiles and ...
Scientists have found a way to bypass the need for biological photosynthesis altogether and create food independent of sunlight by using artificial photosynthesis. The ...
Megalodon sharks, which went extinct about 3 million years ago, were three times longer than modern great white sharks and were apex predators at highest trophic level ever ...
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Identifying Bird Species by Sound, the BirdNET App Opens New Avenues for Citizen Science

The BirdNET app, a free machine-learning powered tool that can identify over 3,000 birds by sound alone, generates reliable scientific data and makes it easier for people to contribute ...

Microbe Protects Honey Bees from Poor Nutrition, a Significant Cause of Colony Loss

Researchers have identified a specific bacterial microbe that, when fed to honey bee larvae, can reduce the effects of nutritional stress on developing ...

New Way in Which T Cells Learn to Tell Friend from Foe

Researchers identify new mechanism that teaches immune cells-in-training to spare the body's own tissues while attacking pathogens. As part of this early education, specialized thymus cells ...

Urban Density Strongly Correlates With House Sparrow Health

A new study shows that house sparrows' health closely correlates with urban density, and that sparrows are carrying surprisingly high loads of lead in their ...

Top Predators Could 'Trap' Themselves Trying to Adapt to Climate Change

Over a 30-year period, African wild dogs shifted their average birthing dates later by 22 days, an adaptation that allowed them to match the birth of new litters with the coolest temperatures in ...

Southern Resident Killer Whales Not Getting Enough to Eat Since 2018

The endangered southern resident killer whale population isn't getting enough to eat, and hasn't been since 2018, a new study has determined. The animals have been in an energy deficit, ...

Amazon Landscape Change Study Highlights Ecological Harms and Opportunities for Action

A major study into landscape changes in the Brazilian Amazon sheds new light on the many environmental threats the biome faces -- but also offers encouraging opportunities for ecological ...

Global Food Supply-Chain Issues Call for Solutions

A new study sheds light on how trade, and centrality in the global wheat trade network, affect food security. The study shows that many countries depend on trade to fulfill their food needs. Further, ...

COVID-19 Omicron Variant Leads to Less Severe Disease in Mice, Study Finds

Researchers found mice were more likely to get infected by Omicron than other variants but with significantly lower mortality ...

Higher Protein Intake While Dieting Leads to Healthier Eating

Eating a larger proportion of protein while dieting leads to better food choices and helps avoid the loss of lean body mass, according to a new ...

Antibiotic Use and Sepsis Make Recent Improvements

Between 2013 and 2018, rates of antibiotic use and sepsis decreased in 152 hospitals, diminishing fears that sepsis improvement efforts will lead to antibiotic ...

Deadly Fungus Can Multiply by Having Sex, Which Could Produce More Drug-Resistant, Virulent Strains

Researchers have unlocked an evolutionary mystery of a deadly pathogen responsible for fueling the superbug crisis: it can reproduce by having sex. And while such fraternizing is infrequent, ...

Virus Discovery Offers Clues About Origins of Complex Life

Researchers have discovered the first viruses infecting a group of microbes that may include the ancestors of all complex life. The discovery offers tantalizing clues about the origins of complex ...

Study Finds Chaos Is More Common in Ecological Systems Than Previously Thought

Chaos in natural populations appears to be much more common than previously recognized, according to a new analysis. Populations of organisms in natural ecosystems fluctuate a lot, and a key question ...

What Sea Cucumbers Can Teach Us About Self-Defense

Sea cucumbers' self defense trick could boost multi-million dollar ...

Microbial Link Between Western-Style Diet and Incidence of Colorectal Cancer Uncovered

New research builds the case that a Western-style diet -- rich in red and processed meat, sugar and refined grains/carbohydrates -- is tied to higher risk of colorectal cancer through the intestinal ...

Heat Waves Could Lead to Avian Population Decline

Researchers examined how heat impacts the behavior and physiology of Zebra finches. They discovered that heat altered the activity of hundreds of genes in the testis, but fewer in the brain, ...

Protected Areas in Africa Are Too Small to Safeguard Rapidly Declining Vulture Populations

Vultures perform important ecosystem functions as they clean the landscape by eating carcasses and thus limit the spread of wildlife diseases. Yet, vulture populations are rapidly declining, mainly ...

Chemically Modified Plant Compounds Work Against Hepatitis E Virus

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is widespread, and so far there is no effective drug. In the search for one, the so-called rocaglates have come into focus: plant compounds that can inhibit the replication of ...

Researchers Uncover Brain Waves Related to Social Behavior

Researchers have discovered electrical brain-wave patterns given off during social interactions in mice. They also observed that mice showing signs of stress, depression, or autism lacked these brain ...

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