Scientist finds rapidly adapting fanged frogs
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists led by biologist Ben Evans of McMaster University have documented the rapid adaptation of new fanged frog species on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
The disappearance of the elephant caused the rise of modern man 400,000 years ago
Elephants have long been known to be part of the Homo erectus diet. But the significance of this specific food source, in relation to both the survival of Homo erectus and the evolution of modern humans, has n ...
Darwin in a test tube: Scientists make molecules that evolve, compete, mimick behavior of Darwin's finches
As described in an article published this week in an advance, online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the work demonstrates some of the classic principles of evolution. For in ...
Researchers find mother beetles eat young that beg too much
We are not only eating 'materials', we are also eating 'information'
In a new study, Chen-Yu Zhang's group at Nanjing university present a rather striking finding that plant miRNAs could make into the host blood and tissues via the route of food-intake. Moreover, once inside the host, they ...
Company that transforms garbage into ethanol attracts big investors
Tequila plant could fuel vehicles and help reduce emissions
In an article published today in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, plant physiologist Dr Daniel Tan and his University of Oxford collaborators have analysed the potential to produce bioethanol (biofu ...
Is cannibalism in polar bears on the rise?
Prehistoric human populations prospered before the agricultural boom
Researchers from China's Fudan University have found major prehistoric human population expansions may have begun before the Neolithic period, which probably led to the introduction of agriculture.
Scientists 'grow' edible insects in Costa Rica
The day when restaurants will serve garlic grasshoppers or beetle larva skewers is getting closer in Costa Rica, where scientists are "growing" insects for human consumption.
3D printed soil reveals the world beneath our feet
Soil scientists at Abertay University are using 3D printing technology to find out, for the very first time, exactly what is going on in the world beneath our feet.
Bacteria supplemented their diet to clean up after Deep Water Horizon oil spill
Bacteria living in the Gulf of Mexico beaches were able to 'eat up' the contamination from the Deep Water Horizon oil spill by supplementing their diet with nitrogen, delegates at the Goldschmidt conference will be told today, ...
Slime design mimics Tokyo's rail system
What could human engineers possibly learn from the lowly slime mold? Reliable, cost-efficient network construction, apparently: a recent experiment suggests that Physarum polycephalum, a gelatinous fungus ...
Jump for your life: Bipedal rodents survive in the desert with a hop, a skip and a jump
Researchers have found that bipedal desert rodents manage to compete with their quadrupedal counterparts by using a diverse set of jumps, hops and skips. A new study, to be presented at the Society for Experimental ...