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2014-04-29 23:16:00

New study shows a potentially lethal parasite found in drinking water known as the Entamoeba histolytica amoeba, which kills human cells by eating them alive in the host’s body. APEC Water Systems offer solutions on how to protect drinking water from a wide range of harmful amoebas and cysts. City of Industry, California (PRWEB) April 29, 2014 A new report published last week by NATURE Journal of Science has found a parasitic amoeba that lives in the gut and is capable of killing living...

2014-04-09 23:03:24

Parasitic Amoeba Nibbles at Living Cells, Then Loses Interest When They Die Charlottesville, VA (PRWEB) April 09, 2014 University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers studying a potentially deadly parasitic infection have discovered an unknown ways that human cells are killed, with the parasitic amoeba essentially nibbling cells to death as a piranha might attack its prey. Until now, researchers had assumed that the amoeba, Entamoeba histolytica, killed and then engulfed and...

Model Organisms Gone Wild
2013-09-13 14:08:40

Washington University in St. Louis Amoebas that are placid, model organisms in the lab, farm bacteria and carry guards to protect their crops in the wild Model organisms, brought into labs because they are easy to work with, adapt to the lab, often shedding characteristics that allowed them to survive in the wild. Scientists who work with model organisms rarely look at the wild strains, but when they do, they can be surprised by what they find. This is what happened with the...

Fungus Cell Looks Like The 405 Freeway
2013-07-18 10:17:49

UCLA [ Watch the Video Nuclear dynamics in a fungal chimera ] No, those are not cars darting along a busy highway. The glowing specks you're seeing in this video are millions of nuclei flowing through the tube-like filaments, or hyphae, of a single fungus cell. The video was produced as part of a study by UCLA mathematician Marcus Roper's research group that was the first to measure and explain this dynamic movement of nuclei in the cells of a fungus. "It's complex, beautiful and...

Organisms In 33.6 Million Year Old Ice Pack Evolved To Survive
2013-05-28 09:17:24

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers publishing a paper in the latest issue of the journal Science have found through Antarctic planktonic ice core examinations that the continental ice cap formed more than 33 million years ago. Scientists from the Andalusian Institute of Earth Sciences (IACT), a joint collaboration between the University of Granada and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), said the seasonal primary productivity of planktonic...

Evolution Of Multicellular Life Sparked By Bacteria
2012-10-24 13:36:16

Bacteria have a bad rap as agents of disease, but scientists are increasingly discovering their many benefits, such as maintaining a healthy gut. A new study now suggests that bacteria may also have helped kick off one of the key events in evolution: the leap from one-celled organisms to many-celled organisms, a development that eventually led to all animals, including humans. Published this month in the inaugural edition of the new online journal eLife, the study by University of...

Brainless Slime Mold Smarter Than You Think
2012-10-09 13:30:28

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Nothing sounds dumber than “Slime Mold.” This might even be one of the more demeaning insult in sophomoric lexicon, as nothing sounds worse. Yet, for all its off-putting properties, (the slime, the mold) this little organism is fascinating to scientists and researchers, studying how it is able to grow, move and expand. The makeup of slime mold is relatively simple: A community of single-celled spores which have...

2012-07-26 23:01:54

Ameba TV´s kids´ video content is available on-demand and on leading streaming TV platforms, including Google TV, Roku, and LG Smart TV Winnipeg, Canada (PRWEB) July 26, 2012 Ameba (http://www.amebatv.com), a multi-platform frontrunner in the exploding children´s streaming TV market, today announced that it has expanded its vast library of award-winning kids´ TV programming to include videos from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. USA Today and CBS recently named Lucky...

2012-03-27 01:03:16

Queen´s University professor Selim Akl has provided additional proof to the theory that nature computes. Dr. Akl (School of Computing) placed rolled oats on a map of Canada, covering the major urban areas. One urban area held the slime mold. The slime mold reached out for the food, creating thin tubes that eventually formed a network mirroring the Canadian highway system. “By showing species as low as slime mold can compute a network as complex as the Canadian highway system,...

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