Commercial harvesting of plants may have forced them to evolve to camouflage and evade humans. Continue reading Plants Can Camouflage Too, and They’re Hiding from Us
Dinosaurs rose and fell, but one foot-long scaly creature — the tuatara — persisted. Recently, the first tuatara genome was sequenced, unlocking insights into the evolution of other reptiles, birds, dinosaurs, and even our own mammalian lineage. Continue reading Not Just Your Ordinary Lizard: The Unique Genome of the Tuatara
Venus flytraps use calcium signaling to remember and trap prey. Continue reading Remembering Prey: The Short-Term Memories of Venus Flytraps
For dogs, the rhinarium is the furless tip of their snouts. Researchers have found that this cold and wet small surface area may detect heat even from far away. Continue reading Dog Noses Can Sense Warmth Far Away
Results from a phase 2 clinical trial reveal that a new two-drug therapy for ALS can slow disease progression by six weeks over a six-month period. This therapy could possibly improve lifespan and quality of life, and may be effective in other neurodegenerative disorders as well. Continue reading Slowing ALS with a Two-Drug Therapy
Land animals are often smarter than aquatic animals but it is still unclear exactly how their cognition developed. In @NatureComms, @malcommaciver and #UgurcanMugan found that complex landscapes and the ability of land animals to see more in air compared to fish in water may have led to planning circuitry in the brains of land animals.
Continue reading Complex landscapes affect animal cognitive evolution
Biologists at Stanford University have developed the LYTAC, a new class of drug that might be the future of therapeutics due to its ability to breakdown previously un-accessible proteins on cell walls and its adaptability. Continue reading Breaking Down Instead of Silencing: A Step Forward in a New Class of Drugs
Ant colonies exposed to certain insecticides become smaller and weaker after a year. Are they another casualty in the war against crop-damaging pests.? Continue reading Who knew? Insecticides negatively impact ant colonies, too!
Researchers developed a molecule that targets bacterial cells by two different mechanisms–attacking the cell membrane and disabling folate synthesis. This molecule seems to prevent bacteria from developing antibiotic-resistance. Continue reading Antibiotic uses multiple mechanisms to avoid resistance
A new study comparing Velociraptors and their modern counterparts, Komodo dragons and crocodiles, concludes that raptors were unlikely to be social, pack-hunters, in contradiction to their popularized portrayal in the ‘Jurassic Park’ movies. Continue reading ‘Jurassic Park’ was wrong: Study suggests raptors didn’t hunt in packs