Biology News

Is That What You Think? My Brain Agrees Monday, March 7, 2011 - 20:58

Have you caught yourself conforming to your friends’ opinions? A new study published in Psychological Science found conformity to social norms happens even in our brains! When people change their opinions to conform to social norms, the parts of their brains associated with rewards are engaged, giving us added incentive to fit in.

A new instrument capable of detecting individual nanoparticles with diameters as small as a few tens of nanometers Monday, March 7, 2011 - 07:40

Precision measurement in the world of nanoparticles has now become a possibility, thanks to scientists at UC Santa Barbara.  The UCSB research team has developed a new instrument capable of detecting individual nanoparticles with diameters as small as a few tens of nanometers. The study will be published on line this week by Nature Nanotechnology, and appear in the April print issue of the journal.

Suggesting genes' friends, facebook-style: New method reveals genes' combined effects Monday, March 7, 2011 - 00:00

To understand the connections between genetic make-up and traits like disease susceptibility, scientists have been turning to genome-wide association studies, in which they compare genetic variants of

Unique frog helps amphibian conservation efforts Monday, March 7, 2011 - 00:00
A tropical frog - the only one of its kind in the world - is providing conservationists with exclusive insights into the genetic make-up of its closest endangered relatives.
Bonobos and Chimpanzees Monday, March 7, 2011 - 00:00

Peaceful bonobos may have something to teach humans. Humans share 98.7 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, but we share one important similarity with one species of chimp, the common chimpanzee, that

Great tits also have age-related defects Monday, March 7, 2011 - 00:00
The offspring of older great tit females are much less successful than those of younger mothers. Things mainly go wrong in the later stages of the upbringing, concludes evolutionary biologist Sandra B
BESC scores a first with isobutanol directly from cellulose Monday, March 7, 2011 - 00:00
In the quest for inexpensive biofuels, cellulose proved no match for a bioprocessing strategy and genetically engineered microbe developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Scienc
Fossil bird study describes ripple effect of extinction in animal kingdom Monday, March 7, 2011 - 00:00
A University of Florida study demonstrates extinction’s ripple effect through the animal kingdom, including how the demise of large mammals 20,000 years ago led to the disappearance of one species of