Herd mentality: Are we programmed to make bad decisions?
A natural desire to be part of the 'in crowd' could damage our ability to make the right decisions, a new study has shown.
The origin of the language of life
The genetic code is the universal language of life. It describes how information is encoded in the genetic material and is the same for all organisms from simple bacteria to animals to humans. However, the ...
'Hairclip' protein mechanism explained
Research led by the Teichmann group on the Wellcome Genome Campus has identified a fundamental mechanism for controlling protein function. Published in the journal Science, the discovery has wide-ranging implications for bi ...
10-fold life span extension reported in simple organism
Biologists have created baker's yeast capable of living to 800 in yeast years without apparent side effects.
A clear, molecular view of how human color vision evolved
Many genetic mutations in visual pigments, spread over millions of years, were required for humans to evolve from a primitive mammal with a dim, shadowy view of the world into a greater ape able to see all ...
Brain structures devoted to learning, memory highly conserved in animal kingdom, suggesting common evolutionary origin
Whether you're cramming for an exam or just trying to remember where you put your car keys, learning and memory are critical functions that we constantly employ in daily life.
Japan lab cannot repeat ground-breaking cell finding: reports
Some of Japan's top scientists have been unable to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking stem cell study, but which spiralled into a scandal that included a respected researcher's suicide, reports ...
New analysis of DNA evidence contradicts claims of 'Yeti' brown/polar bear hybrid in Himalayas
New species and surprising findings in the Mariana Trench
The Mariana Trench located in the Western Pacific near Guam hosts the deepest place on earth, and has been the focus of high profile voyages to conquer its deepest point, Challenger Deep. A recent expedition ...
Ideology prevents wheat growers from converting to more profitable methods, new study shows
U.S. wheat growers resist converting to a more profitable method of farming because of ideology – their personal beliefs about organic farming – rather than technical or material obstacles, according ...
Oldest fish on record caught off Albany
Commercial fisherman Tony Little caught WA's oldest fish on record in the deep waters of Two People's Canyon, off the coast of Albany.
Crows join human, apes and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking
Crows have long been heralded for their high intelligence - they can remember faces, use tools and communicate in sophisticated ways.
EU court clears stem cell patenting
A human egg used to produce stem cells but unable to develop into a viable embryo can be patented, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.
How wise is the woolly bear caterpillar's wintry weather prediction?
On your next stroll through the winter wood, peak under a log and gently brush away the frozen leaves. Beneath, you might find a furry friend you haven't seen since somewhat warmer days: the woolly bear caterpillar. ...