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Locusts provide insight into brain response to stimuli, senses
By training a type of grasshopper to recognize odors, a team of biomedical engineers is learning more about the brain and how it processes information from its senses. While the results of this research focus on the sense of smell, researchers plan to use the results to determine if the brain processes signals similarly for other senses.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:54 GMT

High-pitched sounds cause seizures in old cats: Certain breeds more susceptible
Sharp high-pitched sounds have been found to cause seizures in older cats. The most commonly reported triggers were the sound of crinkling tin foil, a metal spoon clanging in a ceramic feeding bowl, chinking or tapping of glass, crinkling of paper or plastic bags, tapping on a computer keyboard or clicking of a mouse, clinking of coins or keys, hammering of a nail and even the clicking of an owner's tongue.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:54 GMT

The monk parakeet: Tracking an invasive bird
The monk parakeets that have invaded Europe and North America over the last 40-50 years fortifying their massive communal nests atop utility poles in many urban areas appear to have originated from the same small area in South America, according to a new study.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:54 GMT

A glitch in the recycling
(Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research) In studying the molecular biology of brain development, a team of researchers led by Ludwig Stockholm director Thomas Perlmann has discovered how disruption of a developmental mechanism alters the very nerve cells that are most affected in Parkinson's disease. The results of their study, which took nearly four years to complete and involved the targeted manipulation of mouse genes to generate a model of the disease, are published in the current issue of Nature Neuroscience.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:55 GMT

Mechanical engineering professor chosen as Fulbright scholar
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Valentine aims to strengthen research ties between UCSB and ESPCI ParisTech.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:55 GMT

The cost of staying cool when incomes heat up
(University of California - Berkeley Haas School of Business) The demand for more 'AC' will also cause consumers to use more electricity causing stress on energy prices, infrastructure, and environmental policy, according to a new study.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:55 GMT

Bumblebee genome mapped

Bumblebees are considered peaceful and industrious creatures, and their commercial value has increased in the wake of the decline of honeybees around the world. The bees are therefore now bred on a large scale and used as pollinators for economically valuable crops. Yet, these cute little, buzzing creatures, of which there are around 250 different species worldwide, is doing poorly in some places. The large shadow cast by the honeybee collapse has distracted from the fact that in recent years in the US as well as in other areas some previously common bumblebee species have also become rare or endangered, or disappeared altogether.

Biology News Net, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:55 GMT

Yale scientists use gene editing to correct mutation in cystic fibrosis

Yale researchers successfully corrected the most common mutation in the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, a lethal genetic disorder.

Biology News Net, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:55 GMT

New 3-D method improves the study of proteins

Researchers from the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (IBB-UAB) and from the University of Warsaw have developed a new computational method called AGGRESCAN3D which will allow studying in 3D the structure of folded globular proteins and substantially improve the prediction of any propensity for forming toxic protein aggregates. With this new algorithm proteins can also be modelled to study the pathogenic effects of the aggregation or redesign them for therapeutic means.

Biology News Net, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:55 GMT

Norway tests out 'animal rights cops'
Norwegian police is creating a unit to investigate cruelty to animals, the government said Monday, arguing that those who hurt animals often harm people too.
Phys.org: Biology News, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:55 GMT

High-pitched sounds cause seizures in old cats
When the charity International Cat Care asked veterinary neurologists at Davies Veterinary Specialists, UK, for help with several enquiries it had received regarding cats having seizures, seemingly in response to certain high-pitched sounds, the answer was that the problem was not documented and little, if anything, was known about it.
Phys.org: Biology News, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:55 GMT

Study reveals similar genetic, geographic patterns in monk parakeet
The monk parakeets that have invaded Europe and North America over the last 40-50 years fortifying their massive communal nests atop utility poles in many urban areas appear to have originated from the same small area in South America, according to a new study.
Phys.org: Biology News, Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:55 GMT

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