Sunday, June 25, 2017

UK Robotics Week to demonstrate the nation’s world-leading robotics and AI research

The UK's world-leading robotics research will be showcased at the second UK Robotics Week, which begins on Saturday, 24 June, 2017 and runs until Friday, 30 June. A week-long programme of events..

Sweet bribes for ants are key to crops bearing fruit, study shows

Credit: Nora Villamil-Buenrostro Flowering crops such as beans and cotton offer their sweetest nectar to recruit colonising ants in a strategy that balances their need for defence and to reproduce,..

How insulin in the brain may suppress the subjective feeling of hunger

Credit: © IDM Eating behavior and the subjective feeling of hunger are regulated by a variety of hormones. Here a key role is played by the hormone insulin because it is not only active in the body, ..

Biophysical Journal selects poster award winners at Single-Cell Biophysics Thematic Meeting

The Biophysical Society is pleased to announce winners of the Biophysical Journal Outstanding Poster Awards given at the "Single-Cell Biophysics: Measurement, Modulation, and Modeling," meeting held J..

NUS study: Plants sacrifice ‘daughters’ to survive chilly weather

Plants adopt different strategies to survive the changing temperatures of their natural environments. This is most evident in temperate regions where forest trees shed their leaves to conserve energy ..

New 3-D model predicts best planting practices for farmers

Credit: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign As farmers survey their fields this summer, several questions come to mind: How many plants germinat..

New research reveals impact of seismic surveys on zooplankton

Credit: Rob McCauley Marine seismic surveys used in petroleum exploration could cause a two to three-fold increase in mortality of adult and larval zooplankton, new research published in leading sci..

By far, men garner most coveted speaking slots at virology meetings

MADISON, Wisconsin - Ann Palmenberg and Rob Kalejta heard complaints at one too many virology conferences about the perceived lack of women among the invited and keynote speakers. So, they did what al..

Protein mingling under blue light

Credit: IBS One of the current challenges in biology is to understand rapidly-changing phenomena. Interestingly, only a small fraction of them is due to proteins acting in isolation, the majority o..

Lights out: The neural relationship between light and sleep

Credit: Prober laboratory Humans are diurnal animals, meaning that we usually sleep at night and are awake during the day, due at least in part to light or the lack thereof. Light is known to affec..

MIT Portugal international industry roundtable on new technologies for old industries

Credit: CMira and MIT Portugal In countries such as Portugal, bio-innovation and entrepreneurship in sectors that rely on existing natural resources -- the Sea, the Forest, certain crops -- or on l..

Lessons from whale population collapse could help future species at risk

A study of historic whaling records has revealed there were warning signs that populations of commercially harvested whales were heading for global collapse up to 40 years before the event. The rese..

Ecology insights improve plant biomass degradation by microorganisms

Credit: Diego Javier Jiménez Microbes are widely used to break down plant biomass into sugars, which can be used as sustainable building blocks for novel biocompounds. Getting the right microbial com..

Patient-inspired research uncovers new link to rare disorder

Credit: Baylor College of Medicine Meeting a young patient with Zellweger syndrome, a rare, life-threatening genetic disease, started a scientific investigation that culminated with an unexpected d..

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