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  • Biologist reels in data to predict snook production

    21 October 2014, 4:00 pm

    FIU researcher Ross Boucek wants to give more predictability to anglers hoping to catch a bounty of snook.
  • Team advances genome editing technique

    21 October 2014, 2:05 pm

    Customized genome editing – the ability to edit desired DNA sequences to add, delete, activate or suppress specific genes – has major potential for application in medicine, biotechnology, food and agriculture.
  • Testing shows billfish demonstrate bone remodeling without osteocytes

    21 October 2014, 1:50 pm

    ( —A large team of biologists with members from Israel, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. has found that billfish are able to remodel their large protruding jawbones in the absence of osteocytes. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National…
  • Scientists show that evolution of complex bioluminescent traits may be predictable

    21 October 2014, 1:07 pm

    A longstanding question among scientists is whether evolution is predictable. A team of researchers from UC Santa Barbara may have found a preliminary answer. The genetic underpinnings of complex traits in cephalopods may in fact be predictable because they…
  • Biologists use unique tools to investigate squirrel sounds and gestures

    21 October 2014, 12:27 pm

    Everyone has watched squirrels playfully climbing trees, gracefully leaping from branch to branch, and scurrying across parks. Thaddeus McRae, Ph.D '12, adjunct assistant research professor of biology in the University of Miami College of Arts Sciences, has…
  • 'Shrinking goats' another indicator that climate change affects animal size

    21 October 2014, 11:54 am

    Alpine goats appear to be shrinking in size as they react to changes in climate, according to new research from Durham University.
  • Beyond LOL cats, social networks could become trove of biodiversity data

    21 October 2014, 11:50 am

    Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey. Grumpy Cat. "Peanut," the Ugliest Dog in the World. These might be a sampling of the most familiar animals to millions of users of social networking sites like Facebook.
  • A legal trade in horn would improve rhino protection and help sustainable development

    21 October 2014, 11:48 am

    The extinction in the wild of the southern white rhino population could be prevented by letting local communities take responsibility of the animals and giving them permission to harvest horns in a controlled manner through a legal trade. Rhino horn is made of…
  • Bite to the death: Sugarbag bees launch all-conquering raids

    21 October 2014, 11:47 am

    They may be tiny and stingless but there's nothing sweet and innocent about a species of native Sugarbag bee when it goes to war over a coveted honey-filled hive.
  • A different kind of green movement: Seedling growth in space

    21 October 2014, 10:53 am

    Plants—literally rooted in Earth—lack locomotion. And although plants may appear static, even the tiniest seedlings are sophisticated organisms that sense and respond to their environment. Seedlings may not travel, but they do move.
  • BOFFFFs (big, old, fat, fertile, female fish) sustain fisheries

    21 October 2014, 10:46 am

    Recreational fishermen prize large trophy fish. Commercial fishing gear targets big fish. After all, larger fish feed the egos of humans as well as their bellies.
  • Reading a biological clock in the dark

    21 October 2014, 10:38 am

    Our species' waking and sleeping cycles – shaped in millions of years of evolution – have been turned upside down within a single century with the advent of electric lighting and airplanes. As a result, millions of people regularly disrupt their biological…
  • Fishy vegetable production methods explained through aquaponics

    21 October 2014, 9:50 am

    If growing vegetables in a box with no soil and out of direct sunlight sounds a little fishy, well, it is.
  • Plants can actually take care of their offspring – here's how

    21 October 2014, 9:35 am

    Plants may not travel around as animals do, but they have evolved many strategies that allow them to cope and make the most of the environment they live in. Examples can be found everywhere. For instance, succulence is the special characteristic that cacti…
  • Ephemeral soap bubbles give clue to how cells develop with regular shapes in tissues

    21 October 2014, 9:22 am

    Biological development is a chaotic affair.
  • Amid zebra mussel infestation, experts call for boat inspection program

    21 October 2014, 9:20 am

    An infestation of zebra mussels at Offutt Base Lake in Bellevue is causing experts to call for a statewide boat inspection program.
  • Shaking up cell biology: Researchers focus in on decades-old mitochondrial mystery

    21 October 2014, 8:10 am

    Elvis did it, Michael Jackson did it, and so do the mitochondria in our cells. They shake. While Elvis and Michael shook for decades before loud and appreciative audiences, mitochondrial oscillations have quietly bewildered scientists for more than 40 years.
  • Tarantula toxin is used to report on electrical activity in live cells

    20 October 2014, 5:11 pm

    Crucial experiments to develop a novel probe of cellular electrical activity were conducted in the Neurobiology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in 2013. Today, that optical probe, which combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound,…
  • Built-in billboards: Male bluefin killifish signal different things with different fins

    20 October 2014, 5:08 pm

    They help fish swim, but fins also advertise a fish's social standing and health. In a new study, researchers report that for the male bluefin killifish (Lucania goodei), each colorful fin presents its own messages to other fish.
  • Fish tale: New study evaluates antibiotic content in farm-raised fish

    20 October 2014, 4:04 pm

    Antibiotics—one of modernity's great success stories—are charms that come with a curse. Their overuse in human and animal populations can lead to the development of resistant microbial strains, posing a dire threat to global health.
  • Scientists see how plants optimize their repair

    20 October 2014, 3:53 pm

    Researchers led by a Washington State University biologist have found the optimal mechanism by which plants heal the botanical equivalent of a bad sunburn. Their work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to the…
  • In between red light and blue light: Researchers discover new functionality of molecular light…

    20 October 2014, 11:37 am

    Diatoms play an important role in water quality and in the global climate. They generate about one fourth of the oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere and perform around one-quarter of the global CO2 assimilation, i.e. they convert carbon dioxide into organic…
  • Study finds fish just wanna have fun

    20 October 2014, 11:32 am

    Fish just want to have fun, according to a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, study that finds even fish "play."
  • John Lennon commemorated by naming a new tarantula species from South America after him

    20 October 2014, 11:31 am

    A newly described tarantula species from Western Brazilian Amazonia was named Bumba lennoni in honor of John Lennon, a founder member of the legendary band the Beatles. The new species is part of the tarantula family Theraphosidae which comprises the largest…
  • Later supper for blackbirds in the city: Artificial light gives birds longer to forage for food

    20 October 2014, 11:30 am

    Artificial light increases foraging time in blackbirds. Birds in city centres are active not just considerably earlier, but also for longer than their relatives in darker parts of the city. That is the result of a study of around 200 blackbirds in Leipzig,…
  • Structure of an iron-transport protein revealed

    20 October 2014, 9:50 am

    For the first time, the three dimensional structure of the protein that is essential for iron import into cells, has been elucidated. Biochemists of the University of Zurich have paved the way towards a better understanding of iron metabolism. The results also…
  • Automating the selection process for a genome assembler

    20 October 2014, 9:40 am

    A repository of genome assemblers is being developed to automate the process of selecting the best assembler for the task at hand.
  • New app customizes animal natural history on the go

    20 October 2014, 9:25 am

    A University of Michigan startup has launched the first of many mobile apps with customized data on animals for parks, zoos, museums and other natural areas.
  • Lupin bread rises to the quality challenge

    20 October 2014, 9:20 am

    Sweet lupins are shaping up to be a viable and nutritious element in wheat breads and cereals with recent research suggesting certain varieties produce bread with desirable volume, texture and crumb cell characteristics.
  • Western Australian sea lions infected with high rate of Giardia

    20 October 2014, 9:10 am

    A startling proportion of West Australia's sea lion population is infected with the parasite Giardia duodenalis, research has found.

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