Study examines ancient Puebloans and the myth of maize
Research from the University of Cincinnati shows that perhaps the ancient Puebloans weren't as into the maize craze as once thought.
Global plant diversity still hinges on local battles against invasives, study suggests
(Phys.org)—In Missouri forests, dense thickets of invasive honeysuckle decrease the light available to other plants, hog the attention of pollinators, and offer nutrient-stingy berries to migrating birds. ...
Physicists report nanotechnology feat with proteins
(PhysOrg.com) -- UCLA physicists have made nanomechanical measurements of unprecedented resolution on protein molecules.
Researchers unearth bioenergy potential in leaf-cutter ant communities
As spring warms up Wisconsin, humans aren't the only ones tending their gardens. At the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Bacteriology, colonies of leaf-cutter ants cultivate thriving communities ...
A time for a change in the PhD system
Bacterium signals plant to open up and let friends in
Researchers have identified the set of tools an infectious microbe uses to persuade a plant to open the windows and let the bug and all of its friends inside.
Corn in a changing climate: Adaptive ability of crops can reduce damages from warming weather
The past year has not been kind to corn. Though it has long been the nation's largest crop, the one-two punch of historic drought and record-high temperatures in July and August combined to damage U.S. corn ...
New injectable gels toughen up after entering the body
Gels that can be injected into the body, carrying drugs or cells that regenerate damaged tissue, hold promise for treating many types of disease, including cancer. However, these injectable gels don't always maintain their ...
Listening to the stars
It is almost night on the island of Puerto Rico. Astronomer Joanna Rankin raises her head toward the sky. A few of the brightest stars shine through blue cracks in a ragged dome of gray clouds. To her back, ...
Why are California birds getting bigger?
Alfred Hitchcock would have appreciated this twist: The birds in central California are getting bigger.
Lighted clothing that flashes to beat of music will hit runway
These clothes soon may be all the rave: Fiber science and physics students have teamed to create fashionable "smart" garments with vivid, luminescent panels that pulse to music.
Biologists identify new strategy used by bacteria during infection
Purdue University biologists identified a new way in which bacteria hijack healthy cells during infection, which could provide a target for new antibiotics.
A honey bee hive tells all
Exactly what plants do honey bees visit on their daily forages for food in rural Madison County, Ohio? A research team led by Dr. Reed Johnson from The Ohio State University has found that the answer lies ...
Practice tests improve memory, researchers say
Although most people assume that tests are a way to evaluate learning, a wealth of research has shown that testing can actually improve learning, according to two researchers from Kent State University. Dr. Katherine Rawson, ...