Rock weathering may have led to 'Snowball Earth'
Researchers use cells to expand nature's repertoire
Using a cell's own internal machinery, Yale researchers have produced proteins not found in nature that can cause cancer in mice, they report Dec. 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Cat domestication traced to Chinese farmers 5,300 years ago
Five-thousand years before it was immortalized in a British nursery rhyme, the cat that caught the rat that ate the malt was doing just fine living alongside farmers in the ancient Chinese village of Quanhucun, ...
Study unlocks secret of how fruit flies choose fruit with just the right amount of ethanol
Research team uses melanin to make biodegradable battery anode
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.
Quality of biodiversity, not just quantity, is key
For years, scientists have believed that preserving more species, no matter which ones, is a key component to enhancing how well an ecosystem performs.
US study warns of sudden climate change woes
Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth's environment are more worrisome than climate change's bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the U.S. government concluded Tuesday.
Researchers calculate human trophic level for first time
How bacteria respond so quickly to external changes
Understanding how bacteria adapt so quickly to changes in their external environment with continued high growth rates is one of the major research challenges in molecular microbiology. This is important not least for our ...
Researchers revise Darwin's thinking on invasive species
For more than a century and a half, researchers interested in invasive species have looked to Charles Darwin and what has come to be called his "naturalization conundrum." If an invader is closely related to species in a ...
Nanoscale coatings improve stability and efficiency of devices for renewable fuel generation
(Phys.org) —Splitting water into its components, two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen, is an important first step in achieving carbon-neutral fuels to power our transportation infrastructure – including ...
Researchers find misfolded proteins are capable of forming tree-like aggregates
A method by Rice University researchers to model the way proteins fold – and sometimes misfold – has revealed branching behavior that may have implications for Alzheimer's and other aggregation diseases.
Forests buffer the effects of climate change on plants
Collaborative research involving scientists from Trinity College Dublin has shown that forests are able to limit the effect of climate change on the plants in their communities, such that different species ...