Archive: 08/18/2008

Groundbreaking Research Shows DEET Not Sweet to Mosquitoes

Spray yourself with a DEET-based insect repellent and the mosquitoes will leave you alone. But why? They flee because of their intense dislike for the smell of the chemical repellent and not because DEET jams ...

Aug 18, 2008
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Catalyst mystery unlocked

Different keys are not supposed to fit the same lock, but in biological systems multiple versions of a catalyst all make a reaction go, according to a new study that explains the phenomenon. Scheduled for online publication ...

Aug 18, 2008
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Fish cancer gene linked to pigment pattern that attracts mates

Though skin cancer is deadly to male fish, it also has one perk: The black melanoma splotches arise from attractive natural markings that lure female mates. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of ...

Aug 18, 2008
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Novel fungus helps beetles to digest hard wood

A little known fungus tucked away in the gut of Asian longhorned beetles helps the insect munch through the hardest of woods according to a team of entomologists and biochemists. Researchers say the discovery ...

Aug 18, 2008
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Molecular sleuths track evolution through the ribosome

A new study of the ribosome, the cell's protein-building machinery, sheds light on the oldest branches of the evolutionary tree of life and suggests that differences in ribosomal structure between the three ...

Aug 18, 2008
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