Why 'platonic' flies don't copulate and what that could mean for humans
15 hours ago
By studying the sexual behavior of a mutant strain of fruit fly called "platonic," researchers at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Life Sciences have found parallels between humans and flies in the neural control ...
Discovery could lead to jet engines that run hotter—and cleaner
15 hours ago
Researchers here have made a discovery in materials science that sounds like something from the old Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends: They've found a way to deactivate "nano twins" to improve the high-temperature properties ...
Three questions climate science must answer
19 hours ago
The signing of the Paris agreement in 2015 may give the impression that the major questions concerning climate change have at last been answered and that climate science has met its challenges.
First shark recorded to change from sexual to asexual reproduction
22 hours ago
Leonie the leopard shark has made a switch that could save her species – becoming the first shark recorded to change from sexual to asexual reproduction.
Professor is developing spray to identify fly spit at crime scenes
Jan 16, 2017
The victim lay across the doorway of a home in Mount Airy, Md., a 12-gauge shotgun blast through his chest. The suspect had called in a confession, and the evidence was clear. But that day in April 1999, police puzzled over ...
Study finds brain locale of metamemory in macaque monkeys
Jan 16, 2017 weblog
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of Tokyo School of Medicine has found strong evidence for the location in the brain of metamemory in macaque monkeys. In their paper published in the journal Science, ...
Researcher hunts DNA on Mars
Jan 13, 2017
Astrobiologist alumna Alexandra Pontefract, PhD'13 (Geology), knows finding DNA on the Red Planet will be no easy feat. But it is possible. What's more, if DNA is found, it's not far-fetched to think it would be proof of ...
A prion-like protein discovered in bacteria
Jan 13, 2017 report
(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers at Harvard Medical School has found an instance of a bacterial protein that behaves like a prion when inserted into another type of bacteria. In their paper published in the journal Science, ...
Microbes rule in 'knee-high tropical rainforests'
Jan 12, 2017
Rainforests on infertile wet soils support more than half of all plant species. Shrublands on infertile dry soils in southwestern Australia, jokingly called "knee-high tropical rainforests", support another 20 percent of ...
Expert discusses the role public understanding of science played in this election and may play in the future
Jan 12, 2017
In the 2016 election, serious debate about science issues and policy was conspicuous by its absence. But does that mean that science communication as a whole has failed?