Archive: 03/19/2008

Tug of War in the Cells

Transport processes in the cells of our body resemble the transport of goods on the roads. Molecular motors, which are special protein molecules, act as trucks. They carry the cellular cargo on piggy-back ...

Mar 19, 2008
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Rabbits to the rescue of the reef

While rabbits continue to ravage Australia’s native landscapes, rabbit fish may help save large areas of the Great Barrier Reef from destruction.

Mar 19, 2008
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Rare butterfly experiences baby boom

Southern California biologists are searching for new places to release a bumper crop of endangered Palos Verdes blue butterflies.

Mar 19, 2008
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A built-in strategy for transgene containment

A method of creating selective terminable transgenic rice was reported by the scientists of Zhejiang University in this week’s PLoS ONE. Unintended spreading of transgenic rice by pollen and seed dispersal is a major concer ...

Mar 19, 2008
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Sleep deprivation used to diagnose sleepwalking

Somnambulism (sleepwalking), which usually involves misperception and unresponsiveness to the environment, mental confusion and amnesia about sleepwalking episodes, affects up to 4 percent of adults. There has been a sharp ...

Mar 19, 2008
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Scientists see Norwalk virus' Achilles heel

Using the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, an international team led by University of Calgary researcher Ken Ng has determined the detailed structure of the enzyme the Norwalk virus uses to make copies of its genetic code ...

Mar 19, 2008
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The song doesn't remain the same in fragmented bird populations

The song of passerine birds is a conspicuous and exaggerated display shaped by sexual selection in the context of male-male competition or mate attraction. At the level of the individual, song is considered an indicator of ...

Mar 19, 2008
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Arctic pollution's surprising history

Scientists know that air pollution particles from mid-latitude cities migrate to the Arctic and form an ugly haze, but a new University of Utah study finds surprising evidence that polar explorers saw the same phenomenon ...

Mar 19, 2008
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