Ronja Pontan

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Molecules found to counter antibiotic resistance

Even superbugs have their kryptonite.<p>Two types of lab-made molecules make drug-resistant bacteria susceptible to antibiotics again, researchers …

Physics Students Calculate How Long a Vampire Needs To Drink Your Blood

A bite to the neck and a clean getaway—that’s what a vampire needs. A group of physics students from the University of Leicester calculated exactly …

Discovery Of Sperm 'Booster Switch' Could Lead To New Unisex Contraceptive

Sperm cells, as it turns out, can become “hyperactive.” A new study published in the journal Science has revealed that a particular enzyme on their …

Our biology wants us untethered. So why does society place so much emphasis on monogamy?

Monogamy is a mystery. A Martian zoologist, visiting Earth and noting our basic biology — not to mention our frequent philandering — would conclude that monogamy is not "natural" to the human species. So why is it so widely promulgated, especially in the modern Western world?<p>Of course, just because …

Biology

'Mozart' technique offers 3D real-time view of cells - Futurity

A new technique offers the first glimpse under the skin of a living animal, showing real-time details in three dimensions of the lymph and blood …

Scientists identify genetic switch for female sexual behavior

The key to successful sexual reproduction can be traced to a single receptor in the brain, according to a new study by Stanford scientists.

Research

Mothers and daughters

For the first time, scientists record how starfish egg cells eliminate crucial structures to ensure the embryo will be viable<p>EMBL scientists have …

Scientists reveal lineage of mysterious prehistoric 'Tully monster'

An analysis of fossils of the so-called Tully monster reveals that the 307-million-year-old oddity is most closely related to today's lampreys.<p>In …

Not a Fish Tale: Humans Are Ingesting Plastic Thanks to Ocean Pollution

(Photo: Plastic Bag via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO)<p>Humans generate more than 300 million tons of plastic annually -- an amount equal to the …

This Technicolor Mutant Zebrafish Is Synthetic Biology's Craziest Creation Yet

It sounds ripped out of the pages of a science fiction novel—or maybe a Lisa Frank catalog—but the genetically modified, brilliantly colored zebra …

Columbia scientists create first-ever computer chip integrated with biology on a molecular level

Many a science fiction film features a character – hero or villain, depending on the author – that is a man-machine hybrid, whose biological systems …

Nanotech

Scientists Separate Marijuana's Highs From Its Medical Lows

No more ‘Dude, where’s my car?'<p>Marijuana is getting a lot of love lately, from newly legal recreational users in a few American states, and doctors alike. Researchers are uncovering lots of ways in which THC, the chemical responsible for most of the herb’s psychological effects, can help treat …

Cannabis

Kids may need much more vitamin D - Futurity

Kids with suboptimal blood levels of vitamin D didn't catch up even after taking nearly double the recommended amount each day for six months.

The curious truth about belly button fluff

Some people have belly buttons devoid of fluff – while others must clean lint out of theirs every day. Jason G Goldman discovers why the fuzz is strong with some…<p>There are two crucial things you need to know about the lint that forms inside of belly buttons. The first is that it's referred to more …

Biology

News Round-Up: 'Biological Aging,' Debunking Signs of Cometary Life, Triceratops Kin

Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

Our days are full of things to remember, and they don't always arrive in an orderly fashion. Perhaps you begin your commute home and remember that you need to pick up milk. But then immediately, another to-do springs to mind: You never called back your friend last week. You may try to hold both in …

The Brain