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  • Research helps identify memory molecules

    2 September 2014, 9:53 am

    A newly discovered method of identifying the creation of proteins in the body could lead to new insights into how learning and memories are impaired in Alzheimer's disease.
  • Sorghum and biodiversity

    2 September 2014, 9:42 am

    It is difficult to distinguish the human impact on the effects of natural factors on the evolution of crop plants. A Franco-Kenyan research team has managed to do just that for sorghum, one of the main cereals in Africa. The scientists demonstrated how three…
  • Robotics to combat slimy pest

    2 September 2014, 9:40 am

    One hundred years after they arrived in a sack of grain, white Italian snails are the target of beleaguered South Australian farmers who have joined forces with University of Sydney robotics experts to eradicate the gastropods.
  • Best way to train farm dogs has lessons for all dog training

    2 September 2014, 9:30 am

    Dogs provided with the best living conditions and kinder training methods are giving the best results in the workplace, according to a new study of farm dogs from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science.
  • Migrating birds sprint in spring, but take things easy in autumn

    2 September 2014, 9:09 am

    Passerine birds, also known as perching birds, that migrate by night tend to fly faster in spring than they do in autumn to reach their destinations. This seasonal difference in flight speed is especially noticeable among birds that only make short migratory…
  • Migratory fish scale to new heights

    2 September 2014, 8:50 am

    WA scientists are the first to observe and document juvenile trout minnow (Galaxias truttaceus Valenciennes 1846) successfully negotiating a vertical weir wall by modifying their swimming technique to 'climb' and 'jump' over the obstacle during their upstream…
  • Computer simulations visualize ion flux

    2 September 2014, 8:47 am

    Ion channels are involved in many physiological and pathophysiological processes throughout the human body. A young team of researchers led by pharmacologist Anna Stary-Weinzinger from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Vienna…
  • Frequent fire and drying climate threaten WA plants

    2 September 2014, 8:46 am

    Murdoch University fire ecology experts have warned that in Western Australia's drying climate, many of the plant species which contribute to the stunning wildflower displays north of Perth may need 50 per cent longer between fires to maintain stable…
  • Neutron diffraction sheds light on photosynthesis

    2 September 2014, 8:43 am

    Scientists from ILL and CEA-Grenoble have improved our understanding of the way plants evolved to take advantage of sunlight. Using cold neutron diffraction, they analysed the structure of thylakoid lipids found in plant leaves where photosynthesis takes…
  • Researchers find Asian camel crickets now common in US homes

    2 September 2014, 7:52 am

    With their long, spiky legs and their propensity for eating anything, including each other, camel crickets are the stuff of nightmares. And now research from North Carolina State University finds that non-native camel cricket species have spread into homes…
  • Mum's hormones could make female magpie chicks more adventurous

    2 September 2014, 7:41 am

    Female magpies have been shown to be more adventurous than their male siblings, according to new research.
  • Blowfly maggots provide physical evidence for forensic cases

    2 September 2014, 7:36 am

    Estimation of the post mortem interval (PMI) is one of the most crucial matters in autopsies and entomological specimens have been widely used to determine PMI after 72 hours of death. This is done using the oldest blowfly larvae found and from the succession…
  • Greenhouse whitefly: Will the unwanted greenhouse whitefly make it in the wild?

    2 September 2014, 7:35 am

    Greenhouses have improved the possibilities of invasion of greenhouse whitefly into the wild in the boreal region, new study finds. Genetic analysis sheds new light on the survival of whiteflies in Finland and helps to plan efficient pest management.
  • Sharks off the menu and on the tourist trail in Palau

    2 September 2014, 5:20 am

    In many places swimmers might prefer to avoid sharks, but wetsuit-clad tourists in Palau clamour to dive among the predators thanks to a pioneering conservation initiative that has made them one of the country's main visitor attractions.
  • Scottish zoo fears panda miscarriage (Update)

    1 September 2014, 12:41 pm

    Britain's only female giant panda, thought to be pregnant, has passed her due date with no sign of a panda baby appearing.
  • DNA may have had humble beginnings as nutrient carrier

    1 September 2014, 11:00 am

    New research intriguingly suggests that DNA, the genetic information carrier for humans and other complex life, might have had a rather humbler origin. In some microbes, a study shows, DNA pulls double duty as a storage site for phosphate. This all-important…
  • Central biobank for drug research

    1 September 2014, 11:00 am

    For the development of new drugs it is crucial to work with stem cells, as these allow scientists to study the effects of new active pharmaceutical ingredients. But it has always been difficult to derive enough stem cells of the right quality and in the right…
  • No-take marine reserves a no-win for seahorses

    1 September 2014, 10:11 am

    A UTS study on how seahorses are faring in no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) in NSW has revealed that where finishing is prohibited, seahorses aren't doing as well.
  • Scientists call for investigation of mysterious cloud-like collections in cells

    1 September 2014, 9:44 am

    About 50 years ago, electron microscopy revealed the presence of tiny blob-like structures that form inside cells, move around and disappear. But scientists still don't know what they do—even though these shifting cloud-like collections of proteins are…
  • Zooming in for a safe flight: Study investigates spatial orientation in bats

    1 September 2014, 9:44 am

    Bats emit ultrasound pulses and measure the echoes reflected from their surroundings. They have an extremely flexible internal navigation system that enables them to do this. A study published in Nature Communications shows that when a bat flies close to an…
  • Week-long meeting on naming algae, fungi, and plants recorded for posterity

    1 September 2014, 8:07 am

    The week-long discussions and decisions of the Nomenclature Section of the XVIII International Botanical Congress took place in Melbourne, Australia in July 2011. This meeting is held every six years and it is where the world's premier experts on the rules for…
  • Northern Kimberley sub-region reveals unexpected species

    1 September 2014, 7:41 am

    "New" populations of endangered northern quolls (Dasyurus hallucatus) and threatened golden-backed tree rats (Mesembriomys macrurus) have been found on the offshore Kimberley island Buckle Head.
  • Going to extremes for enzymes

    1 September 2014, 7:30 am

    In the age-old nature versus nurture debate, Douglas Clark, a faculty scientist with Berkeley Lab and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, is not taking sides. In the search for enzymes that can break lignocellulose down into biofuel sugars under the…
  • Scientists sequence complete genome of E. coli strain responsible for food poisoning

    1 September 2014, 7:30 am

    ( —Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have produced the first complete genome sequencing of a strain of E. coli that is a common cause of outbreaks of food poisoning in the United States. Although the E. coli strain EDL933 was…
  • Biologist studies where and how animals cross busy Highway 67

    1 September 2014, 7:20 am

    Riding in the backseat of an SDSU-owned Jeep on Highway 67, just a little northeast of Poway, I point to a large bird perched on a wire.
  • New findings on beetle flight may help control deadly walnut tree disease

    1 September 2014, 6:57 am

    ( —New research from entomologists affiliated with the University of California, Davis, shows how environmental conditions influence the seasonal flight behavior of the walnut twig beetle, which spreads a deadly fungal disease in black walnut and…
  • Mobile technologies accelerate citizen science

    1 September 2014, 6:55 am

    Citizen science is booming in Australia, revealing previously unknown features of the continent and saving governments a ton of money.
  • Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

    1 September 2014, 5:15 am

    The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.
  • Discovery reveals how bacteria distinguish harmful versus helpful viruses

    31 August 2014, 1:00 pm

    When they are not busy attacking us, germs go after each other. But when viruses invade bacteria, it doesn't always spell disaster for the infected microbes: Sometimes viruses actually carry helpful genes that a bacterium can harness to, say, expand its diet…
  • 14 detained trying to prevent Faroe Island dolphin hunt

    31 August 2014, 9:56 am

    Fourteen animal rights activists have been detained on the Faroe island of Sandoy in the North Atlantic while trying to stop a controversial dolphin hunt, their organisation said Sunday.

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