Life Sciences

We Were Wrong About Rats Spreading The Black Death Plague

Classic rodent blaming.<p>Plague came to Europe in the 14th century and rapidly conquered the continent. The pandemic, one of the worst in human …

Public Health

The World’s Smallest Cat is Impossibly Adorable

Earlier this month, BBC debuted its new documentary series, <i>Big Cats</i>, which follows several different cat species from all across the globe. But the …

Animals

Scientists just uncovered the cause of a massive epidemic using 500-year-old teeth

Why is it so hard to pinpoint ancient diseases?<p>Nearly 500 years ago in what we know call Mexico, a disease started rippling through the population. Red spots appeared on the skin, accompanied by wretched vomiting, bleeding from multiple orifices, and eventually, death. Combined with an invasion …

Evolution

Why Are Some People More Creative Than Others?

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>Creativity is often …

Creativity

BRIEF-India's Jubilant Life Sciences Issues Commercial Papers Worth 900 Mln Rupees

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Stock Markets

Doctors are warning people not to hold in sneezes after a man tore a hole in his throat and was hospitalized for 7 days

• <b>A 34-year-old man was hospitalized for a week after he attempted to hold his mouth and nose closed to stop a sneeze, and wound up tearing a hole in his throat.</b>• <b><br>Doctors say that while such an incident is rare, no one should hold in a sneeze.</b>• <b><br>Here's expert advice for the right way to sneeze.</b><p>Doctors are …

Medicine

RNA-based decoy molecule suggests path to opioid-free pain control

Many modern opioid-based painkillers don't target the specific site of pain but instead interfere with the brain's sensation of that pain. It's not …

Science

This Wriggling Sac of Deadly Baby Spiders Has Australian Researchers Excited

Oh hell no.<p>You probably won't be surprised to hear that Australia is home to the world's most toxic spider.<p>It's called the funnel-web, it's …

Spiders

Nature

NEWS FEATURE<p>The dark side of light: how artificial lighting is harming the natural world<p>The world is lit at night like never before, and ecologists …

PubMed

Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu

WASHINGTON (AP) — The descriptions are haunting.<p>Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins.<p>A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to …

Public Health

Color us surprised: Chameleons found to fluoresce under UV light

Chameleons are well-known for their striking ability to quickly change colors, but scientists have just discovered a new visual trick in the …

Science

Can being too social take years off your life? Yes, biologists report, if you're a marmot

Large ground squirrels called yellow-bellied marmots live much longer, on average, if they are less social and more isolated than if they are more …

Science

Mantis shrimp size each other up before giving up a fight

These shrimp-sized creatures live in the southern Caribbean on the shallow bottoms of seagrass beds. There, they battle to keep intruders away from …

Science

Over 2,000 Newly Discovered Biological Markers Could Help Explain How Autism Develops

This could be huge.<p>Scientists have discovered a swathe of biochemical regions that look to be deeply involved with the risk factors behind autism …

Biology

Cells Hack Virus-like Protein to Communicate

The genomes of plants and animals are littered with the remains of viruses that integrated themselves into their DNA hundreds of millions of years …

Biology

Circadian regulation in the honey bee brain

Circadian clocks regulate the behaviour of all living things. Scientists from the University of Würzburg have now taken a closer look at the clock's …

Science

Named after Stanley Kubrick, a new species of frog is a 'clockwork orange' of nature

Two new treefrog species were discovered in the Amazon Basin of Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil. Both had been previously misidentified as another …

Science

Measuring metabolism in dolphins to calculate their caloric needs

A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. and one in Spain has measured the metabolism of wild bottlenose dolphins in an effort to …

Science

Researchers identify 'social place cells' in the brain that respond to the locations of others

Whether we're playing a team sport or just strolling with our family through the park, we're continually aware of the positions of those around us - …

Science

Drones confirm importance of Costa Rican waters for sea turtles

Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs during mass-nesting events at Ostional National Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica's …

Science

Hormone keys plant growth or stress tolerance, but not both

Plants that grow well tend to be sensitive to heat and drought, and plants that can handle those stresses often have stunted growth. A Purdue …

Science

New study suggests shark declines can lead to changes in reef fish body shapes

Scientists studying nearly identical coral reef systems off Australia discovered something unusual on the reefs subjected to nearly exclusive fishing …

Oceans

Tiger shark sex life fuels sustainability risk

Tiger sharks appear to be genetically monogamous – and it could be putting the species at risk.<p>University of Queensland research has found tiger …

Science

New study shows producers where and how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

Lee says prairie mixtures, which are normally made up of hardy grasses, suffered from the severe droughts in 2012 and 2013 in some locations. "In one …

Science

Great scat! Bears—not birds—are the chief seed dispersers in Alaska

It's a story of bears, birds and berries.

Science

How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too

My grandfather was caramel-skinned with black eyes and thick, dark hair, and until he discovered that he was adopted, he had no reason to suspect …

Molecular Biology

Every medication we know Trump takes, and what they're for

• <b>On Tuesday, White House physician Ronny Jackson released new details about President Trump's health.</b>• <b><br>The president takes a handful of medications including statins, daily aspirin, and two drugs for skin and hair conditions.</b>• <b><br>Jackson said Trump's heart health was "the one thing that stood out" for</b> …

U.S. Politics

Uganda Confirms Case of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever: What Is It?

A 9-year-old boy in Uganda has tested positive for a potentially life-threatening disease called Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, according to news …

Science

Japanese City Triggers Emergency Broadcast System After Supermarket Accidentally Sells Deadly Blowfish

The Japanese city of Gamagori in the Aichi Prefecture went into full alert mode earlier today after a batch of potentially deadly fugu fish was sold …

Japan

What cells in the human body live the longest?

Although the our bodies are continuously replenishing their cells, some stick around for longer than others.<p>On average, the cells in your body are …

Molecular Biology