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Scientists want to bring 22 animals back from extinction · TheJournal.ie

They chose the animals using the following criteria: Are the species desirable – do they hold an important ecological function or are they beloved by humans? Are the species practical choices – do we have access to tissue that could … Continue reading

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Insect wings shred bacteria to pieces : Nature News & Comment

The veined wing of the clanger cicada kills bacteria solely through its physical structure — one of the first natural surfaces found to do so. An international team of biophysicists has now come up with a detailed model of how … Continue reading

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Study Finds Genetic Risk Factors Shared by 5 Psychiatric Disorders – NYTimes.com

The psychiatric illnesses seem very different — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yet they share several genetic glitches that can nudge the brain along a path to mental illness, researchers report. Which disease, if … Continue reading

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Bees Can Sense the Electric Fields of Flowers – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Dominic Clarke and Heather Whitney from the University of Bristol have shown that bumblebees can sense the electric field that surrounds a flower. They can even learn to distinguish between fields produced by different floral shapes, or use them to … Continue reading

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Scientists Identify Protein that Blocks HIV, Ebola, Nipah, Other Pathogenic Viruses | Medicine | Sci-News.com

U.S. scientists led by Prof Genhong Cheng of the University of California Los Angeles have identified a natural protein with broad virus-fighting properties that could be used against deadly pathogenic viruses such as HIV, Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Nipah and … Continue reading

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Genetically engineered virus kills liver cancer

A genetically-engineered virus tested in 30 terminally-ill liver cancer patients significantly prolonged their lives, killing tumours and inhibiting the growth of new ones, scientists reported on Sunday. via Genetically engineered virus kills liver cancer.

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Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating | kare11.com

Scientists are using imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. via Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating | kare11.com.  

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Planet’s oldest fossils found in Pilbara, experts say

Scientists analysing Australian rocks have discovered traces of bacteria that lived a record-breaking 3.49 billion years ago, a mere billion years after Earth formed.If the find withstands the scrutiny that inevitably faces claims of fossils this old, it could move … Continue reading

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Blink if your brain needs a rest

Most of us take between 15 and 20 such moments of downtime per minute, and scientists have observed that most blinking takes place near or at the point of an “implicit stop”: While reading or listening to another person, that … Continue reading

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New Species of ‘Decoy’ Spider Likely Discovered At Tambopata Research Center – Peru Nature Blog

From afar, it appears to be a medium sized spider about an inch across, possibly dead and dried out, hanging in the center of a spider web along the side of the trail. Nothing too out of the ordinary for … Continue reading

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