Archive: 31/10/2013

Cellular tail length tells disease tale

Simon Fraser University molecular biologist Lynne Quarmby's adventures in pond scum have led her and four student researchers to discover a mutation that can make cilia, the microscopic antennae on our cells, grow too long. ...

dateOct 31, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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Evolution of new species requires few genetic changes

Only a few genetic changes are needed to spur the evolution of new species—even if the original populations are still in contact and exchanging genes. Once started, however, evolutionary divergence evolves rapidly, ultimately ...

dateOct 31, 2013 in Evolution
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Dogs know a left-sided wag from a right

You might think a wagging tail is a wagging tail, but for dogs there is more to it than that. Dogs recognize and respond differently when their fellow canines wag to the right than they do when they wag to the left. The findings ...

dateOct 31, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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Defective nanotubes turned into light emitters

Scientists are usually after defect-free nano-structures. Yet in this case the UPV/EHU researcher Angel Rubio and his collaborators have put the structural defects in boron nitride nanotubes to maximum use. The outcome of ...

dateOct 31, 2013 in Nanophysics
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