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2013-08-21 12:57:31

New bio-imaging technology peers into the heart of embryo development Scientists using a pioneering bio-imaging system to record simultaneously the development of hundreds of aquatic embryos have discovered significant parent-offspring similarities in the timing and sequence of that development. Researchers at Plymouth University have found the timing of key developmental milestones – such as the first beating of the heart, formation of the eyes and movement – differs markedly...

2013-04-18 21:36:57

It is rare that an unpublished piece of research or theory remains significant after half a century. It is also a wonderful example of the boundless curiosity of the late Francis Crick. A previously unpublished work by Francis Crick and Jeffries Wyman from 1965 is now available, together with Jean-Pierre Changeux's recollections on the origins of the theory of Allostery and several important texts by various authors on the subject. These are part of a special issue of the Journal of Molecular...

2013-02-19 20:22:04

REUTLINGEN, Germany, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Retina Implant AG, the leading developer of subretinal implants for patients blinded by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), today announced results from part of its multicentre study were published today in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The research found that, during the course of a three to nine month observation period, functional vision was restored in the majority of nine German patients implanted with a subretinal...

Symbiosis Between Fungi And Flies
2013-02-06 19:03:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online By studying tiny flies, biologist Jeffrey Joy, from Simon Fraser University located just outside of Vancouver, Canada, was able to gain insight not only into a symbiotic relationship the flies have with a fungus, but also how evolutionary pressures have allowed the flies to exploit this relationship to the benefit of their species. According to Joy´s paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, two...

2012-09-05 06:25:42

OTTAWA, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Royal Society of Canada has announced the recipients of 11 medals and awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in several fields of research and scholarship. "Recognizing the exemplary achievements of our humanists, scientists and artists is a national duty. On this 130th anniversary of its establishment, the Royal Society of Canada is delighted to celebrate the talent, research and creativity of its 2012 award winners honoured by the...

2012-09-05 06:25:41

OTTAWA, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada have elected 71 new Fellows, including one Foreign Fellow, and one Honorary Fellow. The newly elected Fellows have diverse backgrounds and disciplines. They have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences. "This...

Study Shows How Cooperation Can Trump Competition In Monkeys
2012-07-04 16:52:19

Being the top dog – or, in this case, the top gelada monkey – is even better if the alpha male is willing to concede at times to subordinates, according to a study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan and Duke University. Alpha male geladas who allowed subordinate competitors into their group had a longer tenure as leader, resulting in an average of three more offspring each during their lifetimes. The findings, collected from data...

Firefly Romance
2012-06-26 10:13:17

New insights into what goes on when the lights go off The twinkling of fireflies heralds summer romance for these magical insects. While courting on-the-wing, male fireflies attract females' attention with bioluminescent flashes. But new research from biologists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences, published online in Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences, reveals that, after the lights go out, female fireflies prefer substance over flash. They seem to...

Aquatic Eel Fossil Has Human-like Spine Morphology
2012-05-23 04:48:16

Surprise discovery contradicts theories about anatomy exclusive to land animals For decades, scientists believed that a spine with multiple segments was an exclusive feature of land-dwelling animals. But the discovery of the same anatomical feature in a 345-million-year-old eel suggests that this complex anatomy arose separately from — and perhaps before — the first species to walk on land. Tarrasius problematicus was an eel-like fish that lived in shallow bodies of water in...

Consumption And Population Control, Key Factors In Sustainable Future
2012-04-26 11:40:02

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com Experts need to focus their attention on over-consumption in the developed world and a ballooning population throughout the poorest countries in order to bring society back down to a sustainable future, says a new report by the Royal Society. The planet is currently on a collision course with an economic and environmental catastrophe if world leaders do not come up with real solutions quickly, according to the “People and the Planet” report,...


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Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society
2012-05-01 10:12:50

The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society is a scientific journal published by the Royal Society of London. Established in 1665, it is the first journal in the world exclusively devoted to science. It has remained in continuous publication since its inception, making it the world’s longest-running scientific journal. The use of the word “philosophical” in the title derives from the phrase “natural philosophy,” which was the equivalent of what is now generically called...

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