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Stunning Zinc Fireworks When Egg Meets Sperm

Sparks literally fly when a sperm and an egg hit it off The fertilized mammalian egg releases from its surface billions of zinc atoms in “zinc sparks ” one wave after another found a Northwestern ... - Read More

Seeing the forest for the trees: Youngest trees in a forest tell the biggest story

The largest trees in a forest may command the most attention but the smallest seedlings and youngest saplings are the ones that are most critical to the composition and diversity of the forest overall While ... - Read More

Nuclear should be in the energy mix for biodiversity

Leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity In an open letter to ... - Read More

How bird eggs get their bling

Splashy blue and green hues pop from under the glassy finish of the Tinamou species' bird relatives of ostriches rheas and emus eggs Pigments covered by a thin smooth cuticle reveal the mystery behind these ... - Read More

Sharing that crowded holiday flight with countless hitchhiking dust mites

As if holiday travel isn't stressful enough Now University of Michigan researchers say we're likely sharing that already overcrowded airline cabin with countless tiny creatures including house dust mites What people might not realize when ... - Read More

Breakthrough simplifies design of gels for food, cosmetics and biomedicine

Scientists at the University of Strathclyde and City University of New York have created methods that dramatically simplify the discovery of biological gels for food cosmetics and biomedicine as published in the journal Nature Chemistry ... - Read More

Link between power lines, ill-health called into question

New evidence suggesting that power lines and mobile phones do not cause physical harm to humans has been found by researchers at The University of Manchester Several past studies have suggested that the magnetic fields ... - Read More

Staining every nerve: New approach offers scientists best image resolution

Scientists can now explore nerves in mice in much greater detail than ever before thanks to an approach developed by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL in Monterotondo Italy The work published online ... - Read More

Visualizing DNA double-strand break process for the first time

Scientists from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre CNIO led by Guillermo Montoya have developed a method for producing biological crystals that has allowed scientists to observe for the first time DNA double chain breaks ... - Read More

Complementary light switchable proteins and superresolution reveal moving protein complexes in live cells at single molecule level

Cells are restless They move during embryogenesis tissue repair regeneration chemotaxis Even in disease tumor metastasis cells get around To do this they have to keep reorganizing their cytoskeleton removing pieces from one end of ... - Read More

'Family' matters when predicting ecosystems' reaction to global change

Humans are rapidly changing the look and function of earth's ecosystems from the increase of greenhouse gases to the unintentional and harmful spread of plants and animals to new environments A major challenge for ecologists ... - Read More

New research paves the way for nano-movies of biomolecules

An international team including scientists from Arizona State University the University of Milwaukee Madison UMW and Germany's Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY have caught a light sensitive biomolecule at work using an X ray laser Their ... - Read More

A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef builders cope with acidifying oceans

While the threat of coral bleaching as a result of climate change poses a serious risk to the future of coral reefs world wide new research has found that some baby corals may be able ... - Read More

Reliable RNA analysis now easier with 'dashboard' tool

A new innovative dashboard from the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST won't help you drive your car but it will help enable reproducible research in biology In a recent paper in the journal ... - Read More

X-ray laser reveals how bacterial protein morphs in response to light

Human biology is a massive collection of chemical reactions from the intricate signaling network that powers our brain activity to the body's immune response to viruses and the way our eyes adjust to sunlight All ... - Read More

Geckos are sticky without effort: Death has no impact on strength geckos use to adhere to surfaces

Geckos found in places with warm climates have fascinated people for hundreds of years Scientists have been especially intrigued by these lizards and have studied a variety of features such as the adhesive toe pads ... - Read More

Logging destabilizes forest soil carbon over time

Logging doesn't immediately jettison carbon stored in a forest's mineral soils into the atmosphere but triggers a gradual release that may contribute to climate change over decades a Dartmouth College study finds The results are ... - Read More

Unravelling the complexity of proteins

Knowledge of the three dimensional structures of proteins is essential for understanding biological processes Structures help to explain molecular and biochemical functions visualize details of macromolecular interactions facilitate understanding of underlying biochemical mechanisms and define ... - Read More

Magnetic memory filmed in super slow motion

Researchers at DESY have used high speed photography to film one of the candidates for the magnetic data storage devices of the future in action The film was taken using an X ray microscope and ... - Read More

Sweet smell of success: Researchers boost methyl ketone production in e. coli

Two years ago researchers at the U S Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute JBEI engineered Escherichia coli E coli bacteria to convert glucose into significant quantities of methyl ketones a class of chemical compounds ... - Read More
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