Biology News

New molecular robot can be programmed to follow instructions Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 00:00
Scientists have developed a programmable “molecular robot” — a sub-microscopic molecular machine made of synthetic DNA that moves between track locations separated by 6nm. The robot, a short strand of
Researchers find that pollution forms an invisible barrier for marine life Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 00:00
Over 50 percent of the population in the United States and over 60 percent in the world live in coastal areas. Rapidly growing human populations near the ocean have massively altered coastal water eco
Scientists find that non-native snakes are taking a toll on native birds Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 00:00
The Everglades National Park in Florida is home to hundreds of species of native wildlife. It has also become the well-established home of the non-native Burmese python—known to be a predator of nativ
New drug discoveries from CNP, Panama Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 00:00
Marine creatures found nowhere else on Earth are unusually abundant in the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean. Panamanian and US researchers participating in an innovative conservation program initiated a
TUM researchers develop novel kind of fluorescent protein Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 00:00
Since the middle of the 1990s a bright green fluorescent protein has been used in research laboratories worldwide. Protein designers at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) in Weihenstephan have now
The foundations of empathy are found in the chicken Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 00:00
A study has gained new insight into the minds of domestic hens, discovering, for the first time, that domestic hens show a clear physiological and behavioural response when their chicks are mildly dis
Now, It Can Be Told - How UMD Scientists Helped ID 'Amerithrax' Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 00:00
Their Work Launched Microbial Fingerprinting as Investigative Tool It took nearly a decade before University of Maryland researchers were allowed to talk about their work identifying the anthrax stra
Extramarital blue tit offspring have a head start Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 00:00
Blue tits are notorious philanderers and the eggs of extramaritally conceived offspring are often the first to be laid, too. That means that the little bastards have a better chance of survival. This