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There’s more to biofuel production than yield

When it comes to biofuels, corn leads the all-important category of biomass yield. However, focusing solely on yield comes at a high price, scientists...

How the immune system fights off malaria

The parasites that cause malaria are exquisitely adapted to the various hosts they infect — so studying the disease in mice doesn’t necessarily reveal...

Weighing particles at the attogram scale

MIT engineers have devised a way to measure the mass of particles with a resolution better than an attogram — one millionth of a...

The Reptile Database

Experts predict that 2014 will be a big year for reptiles. Reptiles, which include snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles, tuataras and amphisbaenians, are projected to...

Metastatic cancer cells implode on protein contact

By attaching a cancer-killer protein to white blood cells, Cornell biomedical engineers have demonstrated the annihilation of metastasizing cancer cells traveling throughout the bloodstream. The...

Fewer cold snaps: Mangroves head north

Mangrove forests have been expanding northward along the Atlantic coast of Florida for the last few decades not because of a general warming trend,...

How emotions are mapped in the body

Researchers from Aalto University have revealed how emotions are experienced in the body. Emotions adjust our mental and also bodily states to cope with the...

Researchers ID gene that influences the ability to remember faces

New findings suggest the oxytocin receptor, a gene known to influence mother-infant bonding and pair bonding in monogamous species, also plays a special role...

Cat domestication traced to Chinese farmers 5,300 years ago

Five-thousand years before it was immortalized in a British nursery rhyme, the cat that caught the rat that ate the malt was doing just...

For the good of the colony: Bacterial community success depends on...

For some microbes, the motto for growth is not so much “every cell for itself,” but rather, “all for one and one for all.” MIT...

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