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Through The Stomach Is The Way To A Chimpanzee's Heart
2014-01-16 13:38:29

Chimpanzees who share their food with others have higher levels of the hormone oxytocin in their urine

Bonobos Retain Elevated Thyroid Hormones Well Into Adulthood
2013-12-18 13:23:48

Despite the fact that chimpanzees and bonobos share similar starting conditions at birth they develop different behavioral patterns later in life.

Vesta's Hidden Attractions Provided By Dawn
2013-12-17 08:01:02

Some beauty is revealed only at a second glance. When viewed with the human eye, the giant asteroid Vesta, which was the object of scrutiny by the Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2012, is quite unspectacular color-wise.

Intracellular ABC Transporters Allow Leaf Beetle Larvae To Accumulate Defensive Substances When Feeding
2013-12-09 11:58:38

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, have discovered the decisive biological stimulator for the accumulation of defensive substances in leaf beetle larvae used by the insects to fend off predators: ABC transport proteins, which are found in large quantities in glandular cells of the larvae.

Bacteria Grow Faster When They Feed Each Other
2013-12-03 09:39:00

The division of labor is more efficient than a struggle through life without help from others – this is also true for microorganisms.

Sca1 Stem Cells Replace Steadily Ageing Heart Muscle Cells
2013-12-02 14:59:22

Up until a few years ago, the common school of thought held that the mammalian heart had very little regenerative capacity. However, scientists now know that heart muscle cells constantly regenerate, albeit at a very low rate.

Thousands Of Years Of Captive Breeding Has Impaired Olfactory Functions In Silkmoths
2013-11-21 10:22:04

A new study on silkmoths revealed that the insects’ ability to perceive environmental odors has been reduced after about 5000 years of domestication by humans.

Secret Of Short Stems
2013-11-12 14:21:25

Arabidopsis plants that only reach half their normal height have a mutation in the biosynthesis of the plant growth factor gibberellin

Researchers Explain The Flagellar Synchronisation Of Swimming Algae
2013-10-25 14:14:45

The beating of flagella is one of the basic principles of movement in the cellular cosmos. However, up to now, scientists were unsure as to how the movements of several of these small cellular appendages are synchronized.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.