Decisions, decisions: How microbes choose lifestyles gives clue to origin of multicellular life
Like many bacteria, the Bacillus subtilis lives a double life.
Research shows the success of a bacterial community depends on its shape
For some microbes, the motto for growth is not so much "every cell for itself," but rather, "all for one and one for all."
Study unlocks secret of how fruit flies choose fruit with just the right amount of ethanol
Light variation drives community structure of a hypersaline microbial mat
When scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory took samples of a microbial mat community from a hypersaline lake to study community responses to environmental changes, they expected to find that ...
How tree sparrows recognize foreign eggs in their nests
Many birds have reason to worry that the eggs in their nest might not be their own: birds often deposit eggs into other nests and it is not easy for parents to tell their eggs from others. Researchers at ...
Turbulent nature of menopause triggered by gene battles
The hormonal mayhem, reduced fertility and hot flushes experienced by a woman in the run up to menopause may owe to warfare between her own genes, according to a team of scientists working in the United Kingdom ...
Home teams hold the advantage
The home team holds the advantage over visitors – at least in the plant world. However, a mere handful of genetic adaptations could even the playing field.
Peaceful bumblebee becomes invasive
Bumblebees look cute. They have a thick fur, fly somewhat clumsily and are less aggressive than honeybees or wasps. They are very much appreciated by farmers as keen pollen collectors. Particularly in the ...
How electricity helps spider webs snatch prey and pollutants
Spider webs actively spring towards prey thanks to electrically conductive glue spread across their surface, Oxford University scientists have discovered.
Ice-cold methods decode bacterial infection systems
When attacking body cells, bacteria, such as salmonellae or Yersinia (plague pathogens), inject specific bacterial proteins through hollow, syringe-like structures – called injectisomes – into the host ...
Tiny oil droplets help measure mechanical forces produced by living cells that shape tissues and organs
(Phys.org) —As embryonic tissue develops, cells push and pull on each other, and they must do so correctly for the tissue to develop properly. Now scientists at Harvard University have devised the first ...
Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken (Update)
The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its ...
Surprising diversity in aging revealed in nature
In our youth we are strong and healthy and then we weaken and die - that's probably how most would describe what ageing is all about. But, in nature, the phenomenon of ageing shows an unexpected diversity ...
Saudi, China scientists decode date-palm tree DNA
Scientists from Saudi Arabia and China said on Sunday they have completed mapping the genome of the date-palm tree, whose fruit is a staple food in many regions.