Biology News

Ears tuned to water: For a bat's echolocation system, all smooth horizontal surfaces are water Monday, November 1, 2010 - 23:00

For bats any smooth, horizontal surface is water. Even so if vision, olfaction or touch tells them it is actually a metal, plastic or wooden plate. Bats therefore rely more on their ears than on any o

Wild Scottish sheep could help explain differences in immunity Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 23:00
Strong immunity may play a key role in determining long life, but may do so at the expense of reduced fertility, a Princeton University study has concluded. An 11-year study of a population of wild sh
Neural circuit ensures zebrafish will not bite off more than it can chew Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 23:00
The brain region of the zebrafish that receives input from the retina, called the optic tectum, is separated into layers. The top layer receives direct connections from retinal cells and has a populat
New strain of 'high-runner' rats uniquely resistant to disease -- all disease! Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 23:00
New research in the FASEB Journal explains sophisticated animal model system that allows for in-depth exploration of gene function and expression as related directly or indirectly to all diseases
Scripps Research Team "Watches" Formation of Cells' Protein Factories For First Time Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 23:00

A team from The Scripps Research Institute has revealed the first-ever pictures of the formation of cells' protein factories. In addition to being a major technical feat on its own, the work could o

Species in the Fast Lane: Speeding Up Growth and Metabolism Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 23:00
New research indicates that global warming could be having devastating effects, even with small shifts in tempertaure. Even some of Earth's most reilient species may find the changes too difficult to
Cincinnati's Algeo Tracks Evidence of 'The Great Dying' Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 23:00
More than 251 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, Earth almost became a lifeless planet. Around 90 percent of all living species disappeared then, in what scientists have called The
Origin of Skillful Stone Tool Sharpening Method Pushed Back More Than 50,000 Years Friday, October 29, 2010 - 23:00
Technique, known as pressure flaking, took place at Blombos Cave in South Africa during the Middle Stone Age by anatomically modern humans and involved the heating of silcrete - quartz grains cemente