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Shorebird's beak inspires research on water collection
An engineering professor and his doctoral student have designed a device based on a shorebird's beak that can accumulate water collected from fog and dew. The device could provide water in drought-stricken areas of the world or deserts around the globe.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

Dogs respond to goal-directed behavior at similar level to infants
Dogs look at a person interacting with a new object longer than a person interacting with a familiar object moved to a different location, suggesting perception of goal-directed behavior, according to a new study.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

Asian Americans lower insulin resistance on traditional diet
Asian Americans have been shown to lower insulin resistance on a traditional diet, researchers report. One part of this puzzle may lie in the transition from traditional high-fiber, low-fat Asian diets to current westernized diets, which may pose extra risks for those of Asian heritage, says the senior author of the study.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

Scientists pioneer microscopy technique that yields fresh data on muscular dystrophy
(University of Southern California) New microscopy technique yields resolution an order of magnitude better than previously possible.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

How stress tears us apart
(Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Chronic stress can lead to behavioral problems. A team from the Brain Mind Institute has discovered an important synaptic mechanism: the activation of a cleaving enzyme, leading to these problems.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

Scripps Research Institute chemists modify antibiotic to vanquish resistant bacteria
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have devised a new antibiotic based on vancomycin that is powerfully effective against vancomycin-resistant strains of MRSA and other disease-causing bacteria.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

Parts of genome without a known function may play a key role in the birth of new proteins

Researchers in Biomedical Informatics at IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) and at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have recently published a study in eLife showing that RNA called non-coding (IncRNA) plays an important role in the evolution of new proteins, some of which could have important cell functions yet to be discovered.

Biology News Net, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

Iberian pig genome remains unchanged after 5 centuries

A team of Spanish researchers have obtained the first partial genome sequence of an ancient pig. Extracted from a sixteenth century pig found at the site of the Montsoriu Castle in Girona, the data obtained indicates that this ancient pig is closely related to today's Iberian pig. Researchers also discard the hypothesis that Asian pigs were crossed with modern Iberian pigs.

Biology News Net, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

Counting fish teeth reveals regulatory DNA changes behind rapid evolution, adaptation

These are adult marine (top) and freshwater (bottom) threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) stained with a red dye that labels calcified bone.
Sticklebacks, the roaches of the fish world, are the ideal animal in which to study the genes that control body shape. They've moved from the ocean into tens of thousands of freshwater streams and lakes around the world, each time changing their skeleton to adapt to the new environment.

Biology News Net, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

Species going extinct 1,000 times faster than in pre-human times, study finds
( —University of Georgia ecologists John Gittleman and Patrick Stephens are contributors to a major new study that finds that species are going extinct today 1,000 times faster than during pre-human times—a rate an order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate. Biology News, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

Seeding plant diversity for future generations
( —The Millennium Seed Bank dries, freezes, stores and maintains seeds for future generations to enjoy and use. It aims to save seeds from all the wild plant species of the world and so far, since its founding in 2000, it has banked 14% of them. Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which manages the Millennium Seed Bank, have shown how by using advanced mathematics they can boost the overall diversity of the seed bank by targeting a 'hit list' of particular species. Their paper also includes maps showing where the species are located so they can be efficiently gathered. The findings are published in the journal Conservation Biology. Biology News, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

Japan, neighbors agree to moves to protect eels
(Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring East Asian countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species. Biology News, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:20 GMT

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