Sensing the light, but not to see: Study offers insight on the evolution of photsensitive cells
(Phys.org)—In a primitive marine organism, MBL scientists find photosensitive cells that may be ancestral to the "circadian receptors" in the mammalian retina.
Biologists unlock 'black box' to underground world: Research shows how tiny microbes make life easier for humans
(Phys.org)—A BYU biologist is part of a team of researchers that has unlocked the "black box" to the underground world home to billions of microscopic creatures.
Fighting sleeping sickness with X-ray lasers
Structure analysis of the trypanosomal protein Cathepsin B is among the scientific breakthroughs of 2012.
Pics, shoots and leaves: Ecologists turn digital cameras into climate change tools
As digital cameras become better and cheaper, ecologists are turning these ubiquitous consumer devices into scientific tools to study how forests are responding to climate change. And, they say, digital cameras could be a ...
Shark being tracked by GPS off coast of Carolinas captivates online fans
If not for the GPS device, no one would know she's here. A great white shark affectionately dubbed Mary Lee by scientists and adopted by thousands of online fans has been using the waters off North Carolina's coast as a private ...
Studying soil ecological processes in the name of a sustainable environment
For most of us it's just dirt, but for ecologists soil is the key to meeting some of the most daunting challenges facing our planet.
Drill bits on rover could contaminate Mars
For all the hopes NASA has pinned on the rover it deposited on Mars last month, one wish has gone unspoken: Please don't find water.
New research reveals food ingredients most prone to fraudulent economically motivated adulteration
In new research published in the April Journal of Food Science, analyses of the first known public database compiling reports on food fraud and economically motivated adulteration in food highlight the most fraud-prone ingred ...
Go-ahead for bird flu study publication after security check (Update)
Bird flu experts meeting in Geneva on Friday ruled that controversial research on a mutant form of the virus potentially capable of being spread among humans should be made public.
Oxford, Harvard scientists lead data-sharing effort: New standards allow disparate data sets to integrate
Led by researchers at University of Oxford and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) at Harvard University, more than 50 collaborators at over 30 scientific organizations around the globe have agreed on a common standard ...
Stockholm Convention scientists seek ban on chemical
Scientists at the Stockholm Convention, which interdicts dangerous chemicals, said on Friday they will recommend the banning of a flame retardant commonly used in polystyrene.
Sharing the results of research critical to advancement of biological sciences
Sharing the fruits of research in the biomedical sciences is critical for the advance of knowledge, yet with the advent of large-scale data gathering following the completion of the genome projects this is becoming harder ...
Science and media disconnect? Maybe not, says a new study
The prevailing wisdom among many scientists and scientific organizations is that, as a rule, scientists are press shy, and those who aren't are mavericks.