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chromosomes monitor

Molecular Guardians Monitor Chromosomes During Cell Division

One of the worst things that can happen to a cell is to end up with the wrong number of chromosomes. This can happen...
Sea Otters

Decisive Sea Otters Distinguish Differences by Touch

Studying the hunting tactics of sea otters is difficult because wild otters stop seeking food when human divers are near. Suspecting that sea otters...
lizards

Adaptable Lizards Illustrate Key Evolutionary Process Proposed a Century Ago

Side-blotched lizards in most of the Mojave Desert have tan and brown markings that blend in well with their desert surroundings. On the Pisgah...
Injection Wells

Injection Wells Can Induce Earthquakes Miles Away from the Well

A study of earthquakes induced by injecting fluids deep underground has revealed surprising patterns, suggesting that current recommendations for hydraulic fracturing, wastewater disposal, and...
Moral decision making

Moral Decision Making Is Rife with Internal Conflict

A new in-depth study of moral reasoning challenges the popular notion that people are unable to think through difficult moral problems and rely primarily...
Natural habitat

Natural Habitat Can Help Farmers Control Pests, but Not Always a...

Songbirds and coffee farms in Central America. Ladybugs and soybean fields in the Midwest. These are well-known, win-win stories of how conserving natural habitat...
groundwatervideo

Groundwater Recharge Project Informs Statewide Sustainability Efforts

The depletion of California's aquifers by overpumping of groundwater has led to growing interest in "managed aquifer recharge," which replenishes depleted aquifers using available...
ecosystems

New Meta-Analysis Reveals Pace and Extent of River Recovery

Conservation biologists are challenged to predict the pace and extent of river recovery following disturbances such as oil spills, wastewater contamination, and fires. A...
Palmyra Atoll

Study Finds 50 Times More Native Trees on Rat-Free Palmyra Atoll

Researchers have documented dramatic positive benefits for native trees after the removal of invasive rats from Palmyra Atoll, a natural research laboratory and preserve...
tropical diseases

Basic Research in Fruit Flies Leads to Potential Drug for Diseases...

River blindness and elephantiasis are debilitating diseases caused by parasitic worms that infect as many as 150 million people worldwide. They are among the...
autism

Important New Work on Autism Could Change Interventions

A new paper is pushing back hard on the notion that people with autism are not interested in socializing. The paper, “Being vs. Appearing Socially Uninterested: Challenging Assumptions...
Electrogeochemistry

‘Electrogeochemistry’ Captures Carbon, Produces Fuel, Offsets Ocean Acidification

Limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius will require not only reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, but also active removal of carbon dioxide from...
coral reefs

Without Coral Reefs, Annual Flood Damages from Storms Could Double Globally

Coastal development and climate change are increasing the risk of flooding for communities across the globe. Coral reefs, which provide a first line of...
retina

Selective Neural Connections Can Be Reestablished in Retina After Injury

The brain's ability to form new neural connections, called neuroplasticity, is crucial to recovery from some types of brain injury, but this process is...
hurricane

Lightning in the Eyewall of a Hurricane Beamed Antimatter Toward the...

Hurricane Patricia, which battered the west coast of Mexico in 2015, was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Amid...
human genome

Transfer RNA Research Addresses a Blind Spot in Understanding of Human...

The human genome includes more than 500 genes for transfer RNA (tRNA) molecules, which are essential for making proteins in all living organisms. Scientists...
stroke treatment

NIH Grant Supports Development of a Novel Drug for Stroke Treatment

Most strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. A drug called tissue plasminogen activator...
sea star wasting syndrome

Marine Researchers Say Recent Sea Star Wasting Disease Epidemic Defies Prediction

Beginning in 2013, a mysterious disease crippled sea star populations up and down the U.S. west coast. Over a matter of months, many sea...
Soil fungi

Soil Fungi May Help Determine the Resilience of Forests to Environmental...

Nature is rife with symbiotic relationships, some of which take place out of sight, like the rich underground exchange of nutrients that occurs between...
Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Antigen Study Supports New Approach to Vaccine for Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Medical researchers have been trying to develop a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) for more than 50 years, without success. New findings by...