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July 04, 2017
Genetics may lie at the heart of crop yield limitation
You might think that plants grow according to how much nutrition, water and sunlight they are exposed to, but new research by Dr.

On the road to creating an electrodeless spacecraft propulsion engine
Experiments by researchers give clues about the behavior of plasma in different environments.

Study finds automated embryo assessment system more accurate than that of embryologists
Embryo quality has long been considered the main determinant of implantation and pregnancy in IVF.

Mapping genes could improve cancer diagnosis
Large-scale changes to the structure of the genome are often seen in cancer cells.

New chemical synthesis method can produce an exciting range of novel compounds
Researchers at Nagoya Institute of Technology have established a reaction catalyzed by Bis(imidazoline)/zinc whereby 2H-azirines react with phosphite, yielding aziridines at a high enantiomeric ratio.

A twist in the tail: Flying fish give clues to 'tandem wing' airplane design
Ribbon halfbeak are a species of fish with the ability to fly above the sea surface -- but unlike true 'flying fish', they lack the necessary hind wing fins.

Through fossil leaves, a step towards Jurassic Park
For the first time, researchers have succeeded in establishing the relationships between 200-million-year-old plants based on chemical fingerprints.

Sticking your neck out: How did plesiosaurs swim with such long necks?
When dinosaurs ruled the land, plesiosaurs ruled the oceans. Famous for their incredibly long necks -- some of which were up to 7 meters long -- plesiosaurs have remained an evolutionary mystery for hundreds of years.

Can satellites be used as an early warning system for landslides?
Researchers from Newcastle University (UK), Chengdu University of Technology, Tongji University, China Academy of Space Technology and Wuhan University (China) have been tracking the massive landslide which struck Xinmo Village, Maoxian County, Sichuan Province in China.

Shocking case of indigestion in supermassive black hole
A multi-wavelength study of a pair of colliding galaxies has revealed the cause of a supermassive black hole's case of 'indigestion.' Results will be presented by Dr.

The transfer of chromosomally 'abnormal' embryos can still result in pregnancy in IVF
IVF embryos whose cells have mixed chromosomal profiles -- one normal, another abnormal -- still have the potential to implant in the uterus and become a healthy pregnancy, according to a study presented today at the 33rd Annual Meeting of ESHRE.

Who'll win at Wimbledon? Just listen to the pitch of the grunts
A new University of Sussex study has revealed that grunts produced by players during tennis matches they lost were higher in voice pitch than during the matches they won.

DNA of early Neanderthal gives timeline for new modern human-related dispersal from Africa
Ancient mitochondrial DNA from the femur of an archaic European hominin is helping resolve the complicated relationship between modern humans and Neanderthals.

Genome sequence of a diabetes-prone rodent
Sequencing the genome of the sand rat, a desert rodent susceptible to nutritionally induced diabetes, revealed an unusual chromosome region skewed toward G and C nucleotides.

Ensuring carpoolers are compatible is key to ridesharing success
Ensuring that would-be carpoolers are riding with people they actually like could potentially decrease car use by nearly 60 percent, research from a professor at the University of Waterloo has found.

Fastest stars in the Milky Way are 'runaways' from another galaxy
A group of astronomers have shown that the fastest-moving stars in our galaxy -- which are travelling so fast that they can escape the Milky Way -- are in fact runaways from a much smaller galaxy in orbit around our own.

The role of electrochemotherapy in radiosensitization of tumor cells
Using targeted drug delivery along with selective sensitizing tumors to therapeutic agents are the pioneering scientific efforts in cancer treatment.

Monash Earth Scientists involved in discovery of a new mineral
In the harshest of environments in far-east Russia, Monash scientists have played a leading role in the discovery of a new mineral, which could revolutionise the future of the mining industry.

Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup increased in Canada after tariffs lowered in NAFTA
Lower tariffs on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) were linked to higher supply and likely consumption of added sweeteners in Canada, including HFCS, found new research published in CMAJ.

Personalized metabolic therapy treatment shows improvement on atypical Rett syndrome
Administration of the amino acid D-serine, a dietary supplement, contributes to the improvement of the cognitive and motor capacity of a patient with a mutation that affects glutamate receptors

Ca2+, the intercellular signal in arterioles
Ca2+ entry into vascular smooth muscle activates Ca2+ signaling in the endothelium to protect tissue blood flow.

Australian study uses new technique to challenge brain development hypothesis
A new study involving The University of Queensland, which might be useful for biomedical research, rewrites parts of the rulebook on how mammalian brains -- including our own -- could have evolved.

Breakthrough in dating Viking fortress
In 2014 archaeologists from the Museum of South East Denmark and Aarhus University discovered the previously unknown Viking fortress at Borgring south of Copenhagen.

Removal of invasive shrub could be an easy way to help reduce malaria transmission
Removing the flowers of an invasive shrub from mosquito-prone areas might be a simple way to help reduce malaria transmission, according to a new study published in the open access Malaria Journal.

UK can lead the way in labor rights post-Brexit, says new academic report
Leading academics have today published a set of proposals for the protection of workers' rights in post-Brexit UK trade agreements.

Motivation through punishment
To goal of punishment usually is to stop undesirable behaviour.

Sea shells for sale: A new source of sustainable biomaterials
Over 7 million tonnes of mollusc shells are discarded by the seafood industry each year as unwanted waste -- and the vast majority of these shells are either thrown in landfills or dumped at sea.

Forgotten archives reveal street-level impact of 1918 Puerto Rico earthquake and tsunami
Repair petitions filed in the wake of the 1918 Puerto Rico earthquake and tsunami, stored and forgotten in the San Juan archives for nearly 100 years, are giving scientists a house-by-house look at the damage wrought by the magnitude 7.3 event.

Winging it: How do bats out-maneuver their prey?
Many bat species catch food 'on the wing' without touching the ground, but how do they do it?

New breakthrough opens doors to treat melanin-linked skin conditions
Spots resulting from too much sun exposure and other effects of dysfunctional melanin production may become a thing of the past.

Advance directive and medical power of attorney are often missing
For most patients in intensive care, the patient records contain neither an advance directive nor a medical power of attorney.

Surprise methanol detection points to an evolving story of Enceladus's plumes
A serendipitous detection of the organic molecule methanol around an intriguing moon of Saturn suggests that material spewed from Enceladus undertakes a complex chemical journey once vented into space.

High-precision control of printed electronics
Printed electronic transistor circuits and displays, in which the colour of individual pixels can be changed, are two of many applications of ground-breaking research at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University.

Local views key to unlocking ways to fairer and more successful nature conservation
New research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) shows how a policy aimed at ensuring the world's protected areas are 'equitably managed' has potential to improve nature conservation and outcomes for local people, although current practices that treat it as a 'check box' exercise put the global goal at risk.

Scanning the surface of lithium titanate
Researchers have applied advanced scanning methods to visualize the previously unexplored surface of a superconductor: lithium titanate.

Do blind people express their emotions in the same way as people who can see?
Facial expressions play a powerful role in social interactions and are articulated and understood thanks to universal codes.

Menstruation doesn't change how your brain works -- period
It has long been assumed that your period affects your brain's performance.

Praying mantises hunt down birds worldwide
A study by zoologists from Switzerland and the US shows: praying mantises all over the globe also include birds in their diet.

Global use of wastewater to irrigate agriculture at least 50 percent greater than thought
The use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate crops downstream is 50 percent more widespread than previously thought, according to a new study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

Not so pretty after all: New pestivirus that attacks the nervous system of Austrian pigs
Shaking piglets show symptoms similar to classical swine fever, with extensive damage to the brain and the spinal cord.

Spain now sets the pace of assisted reproduction in Europe with more than 100,000 treatments a year
Spain is Europe's most active country in assisted reproduction. ESHRE has collected the national registry data of ART cycles performed in Europe since 1997 and for its latest report (for 2014) found that a record 109,275 treatment cycles were performed in Spain, which now sets the pace of European ART ahead of Russia (94.985 cycles) and former front runner France (90,434).

Extreme weather conditions and climate change account for 40 percent of global wheat production variability
JRC scientists have proposed a new approach for identifying the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the variability of global and regional wheat production.

AAS publishes a special issue on Chinese Carbon Budget Program
A special issue on outcomes of Chinese Academy of Sciences Carbon Budget and Climate Change Program is published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences.

Whale attack simulations reveal prey escape strategies
Humpback whales feed from a range of species that have adapted to escape their fate in a variety of ways.

Gigantic crocodile with T. rex teeth was a top land predator of the Jurassic in Madagascar
Little is known about the origin and early evolution of the Notosuchia, hitherto unknown in the Jurassic period. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to