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October 21, 2020

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Rising nitrous oxide emissions are jeopardizing the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, according to a major new study. The growing use of nitrogen fertilizers in the ...
The same team who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now created an enzyme 'cocktail' which can digest plastic up to six ...
Experts have examined the evidence that prehistoric flying reptiles called pterosaurs had feathers and believe they were, in ...
New research identifies a process that might have been key in producing the first organic molecules on Earth about 4 billion years ago, before the origin of life. The ...
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Transcription Factors May Inadvertently Lock in DNA Mistakes

A team of researchers has found that transcription factors have a tendency to bind strongly to 'mismatched' sections of DNA, i.e. sections of the genome that were not copied correctly. The ...

This Beetle Can Survive Getting Run Over by a Car. Engineers Are Figuring out How

Getting run over by a car is not a near-death experience for the diabolical ironclad beetle. How the beetle survives could inspire the development of new materials with the same herculean toughness, ...

Animal-Based Research: New Experimental Design for an Improved Reproducibility

In research, the results of studies must be precise and reproducible. Behavioral scientists have been able to demonstrate that a new experimental design can improve the reproducibility and validity ...

Virtual Reality Health Appointments Can Help Patients Address Eating Disorders

Research has revealed that Virtual Reality (VR) technology can have significant impact on the validity of remote health appointments for those with eating disorders, through a process called Virtual ...

Legacy Pollutants Found in Migratory Terns in Great Lakes Region

Chemicals that haven't been manufactured in the U.S. for years or even decades are still turning up in the bodies of migratory terns in the Great Lakes region, a new study finds. The research ...

Bronze Age Herders Were Less Mobile Than Previously Thought

Bronze Age pastoralists in what is now southern Russia apparently covered shorter distances than previously thought. It is believed that the Indo-European languages may have originated from this ...

High Flavanol Diet May Lead to Lower Blood Pressure

People who consume a diet including flavanol-rich foods and drinks, including tea, apples and berries, could lead to lower blood pressure, according to the first study using objective measures of ...

The Effects of Wildfires and Spruce Beetle Outbreaks on Forest Temperatures

Results indicate that wildfires may play a role in accelerating climate-driven species changes in mountain forests by compounding regional warming ...

When temperatures go below a critical limit, sleeping lizards lose their grip and fall out of trees. But when researchers collected the scaled survivors of a record cold snap, they discovered that a ...

Lily the Barn Owl Reveals How Birds Fly in Gusty Winds

Scientists have discovered how birds are able to fly in gusty conditions - findings that could inform the development of bio-inspired small-scale ...

Light Pollution May Increase Biting Behavior at Night in Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes

Artificial light abnormally increases mosquito biting behavior at night in a species that typically prefers to bite people during the day, according to new ...

Repairing the Photosynthetic Enzyme Rubisco

Researchers have elucidated how Rubisco activase works. As the name indicates, this enzyme is critical for repairing Rubisco once it has lost its ...

Targeting the Shell of the Ebola Virus

As the world grapples with COVID-19, the Ebola virus is again raging. Researchers are using supercomputers to simulate the inner workings of Ebola (as well as COVID-19), looking at how molecules ...

Microbial Diversity Below Seafloor Is as Rich as on Earth's Surface

For the first time, researchers have mapped the biological diversity of marine sediment, one of Earth's largest global biomes. The research team discovered that microbial diversity in the dark, ...

The Road to Uncovering a Novel Mechanism for Disposing of Misfolded Proteins

The discovery of the cause of a rare liver disease in babies led to uncovering a novel cellular mechanism for disposing of misfolded proteins that has implications for neurodegenerative conditions of ...

Childlessness by Circumstance

In birds and other species alike, pairs can face considerable difficulties with reproduction. Scientists have now shown in an extensive analysis of 23,000 zebra finch eggs that infertility is mainly ...

Salt-Based Mosquito-Control Products Are Ineffective

A new study by a bevy of expert mosquito researchers offers an important warning to consumers: Products claiming to reduce mosquito populations with salt-water solutions are ineffective. In a series ...

Plants Communicate at a Molecular Level

Biologists have discovered how tomato plants identify Cuscuta as a parasite. The plant has a protein in its cell walls that is identified as 'foreign' by a receptor in the ...

Declines in Shellfish Species on Rocky Seashores Match Climate-Driven Changes

Mussels, barnacles, and snails are declining in the Gulf of Maine, according to a new article by biologists. Their 20-year dataset reveals that the populations' steady dwindling matches up with ...

Cannabis Reduces OCD Symptoms by Half in the Short-Term

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) report that the severity of symptoms was reduced by about half within four hours of smoking cannabis. After smoking cannabis, users with OCD reported ...

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