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Scientists solve mystery of West Coast starfish plague

SEATTLE — After months of research, scientists have identified the pathogen at the heart of the wasting disease that’s been killing starfish by the …

Biology

Leafy Green ‘Solar-Powered’ Sea Slugs Begin to Reveal Their True Colors

The emerald sea slug, Elysia chlorotica (Credit: EOL Learning and Education Group, via Flickr)<p>Nature is full of thieves. Instead of laboriously …

Explainer: What is Ebola?

<b>Ebola</b> A family of viruses that cause a deadly disease in people. Most cases occur in Africa and Asia. Its symptoms include headaches, fever, muscle …

A fish out of water — walks and morphs

Scientists have just forced some fish to grow up on land. That experience really changed these animals. And how the animals adapted hints at the way …

Repelling germs with ‘sharkskin’

If you pet a shark the wrong way, its smooth skin feels like sandpaper. But that roughness has a surprisingly useful property — it can repel some …

Wake up and smell the noses

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Drop in horseshoe crabs hurts shorebirds on U.S. East Coast

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'Wassup, Sheep?' He Asked

One man is facing a few hundred sheep. He has questions. When he shouts to them, the sheep — surprisingly — answer back. It's a very lively back and …

'Don’t worry, I’m not contagious – and other microbiological delusions

As the cold season dribbles relentlessly onward, it’s worth considering who is – or is not – to blame for your misery<p>It’s that strange time of year when, despite springtime breaking out all over town – tulips, apple blossom, sunshine, the works – everyone in the known universe appears to be ill.<p>I …

Genetically engineered mosquitoes could be vital weapon against malaria

An Oxford-based biotech firm is modifying the males of the species to be sterile, effectively making the killers kill themselves<p>627,000 deaths per year: that's a good figure. Malaria, the deadly illness caused by infected mosquitoes, is on the retreat, thanks to medical treatments that have reduced …

Public Health

Flower loss doomed the mammoths

Losing much of their favorite food may have caused woolly mammoths to go extinct, a new study concludes.<p>Elephant-sized woolly mammoths roamed the …

Paint Your Roof With Working Solar Cells Made from Grass Clippings

Installing a solar roof on your home could one day be as simple as mixing your yard clippings into a stew of inexpensive chemicals and painting the resulting mixture right onto your rooftop. An MIT researcher has developed a method of manufacturing solar panels on the spot from agricultural waste, …

Diapers Help Your Plants Grow!

Introduction: Diapers Help Your Plants Grow!<p>Wait .. Diapers? How do those help your plants? Trust me, it's probably not what you're thinking.<p>Add …

Gardening

Woolly Mammoth Clone Is Now Possible, Say Scientists

Scientists now say they've got enough blood and bone to bring an Ice Age icon kicking and stomping into the modern age.<p>All thanks to a remarkably …

What killed off the giant beasts – climate change or man?

Earth's 'megafauna' vanished as tribes spread. Now palaeontologists are asking if early humans were the cause<p>They were some of the strangest animals to walk the Earth: wombats as big as hippos, sloths larger than bears, four-tusked elephants, and an armadillo that would have dwarfed a VW Beetle. …

Rethinking The Five-Second Rule: With Carpet, There's No Rush

Many of us will happily eat a gummy bear or cookie after it falls on the floor, as long as we snatch it up quickly. Say, five seconds or less, right?<p>Well, science just gave us another excuse to continue this food-saving habit, especially when it comes to carpet-dusted snacks.<p>Biology students at the …

Scientists can now create accurate mugshots using only DNA

Even though DNA analysis is still stuck in the past when applied by law enforcement today, scientists are still pushing the envelope with work that can turn DNA into a more effective investigative tool. In a new study published this week, researchers at Penn State and the Catholic University of …

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Why do leaves change colour in autumn?

The days are getting shorter and deciduous trees are turning red, orange, yellow and brown - it must be autumn! The Geeky Gardener explains the …

Woman Has Her Skull Replaced With A 3-D-Printed Plastic One

The most significant skull prosthetic to date<p>A woman with a rare bone disorder has had much of the top of her skull replaced with a 3-D printed plastic piece, <i>Wired U.K.</i> reports. Three months later, she's symptom-free and back to work.<p>The woman's condition made her skull increase in thickness, …

3D Printing

Trilobite Beetles are Happy Being on Land, Alive in the Present Day

Trilobite beetle Duliticola paradoxa. Credit: Bernard Dupont (flickr.com/photos/berniedup)<p>I know they look like they belong in the ocean 250 million …