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Bees fight to a stalemate in the battle of the sexes according to new research
A new study sheds light on genomic conflict in bumblebees. (2014-02-12)

Quasars illuminate swiftly swirling clouds around galaxies
A new study of light from quasars has provided astronomers with illuminating insights into the swirling clouds of gas that form stars and galaxies, proving that the clouds can shift and change much more quickly than previously thought. (2014-01-08)

Researchers call for rethinking efforts to prevent interplanetary contamination
Two university researchers say environmental restrictions have become unnecessarily restrictive and expensive -- on Mars. (2013-06-27)

USF researchers: Life-producing phosphorus carried to Earth by meteorites
USF Assistant Professor of Geology Matthew Pasek and researchers from the University of Washington and the Edinburg Centre for Carbon Innovation reveal new findings that explain how the reactive phosphorus that was an essential component for creating the earliest life forms came to Earth. (2013-06-04)

Tarsiers' bulging eyes shed light on evolution of human vision
After eons of wandering in the dark, primates developed highly acute, three-color vision that permitted them to shift to daytime living, a new Dartmouth College study suggests. (2013-03-27)

GSA Today: Putting time in its place
In the March issue of GSA Today, seven scientists from six countries, led by Jan Zalasiewicz of the University of Leicester, propose a realignment of the terms (2013-02-27)

Is there a Neanderthal in the house?
Bunions bothering you? How about lower back pain, or impacted wisdom teeth? As we humans evolved over the millennia to walk on two legs, grow larger brains and shorter jaws, bear big babies and live longer, we've also experienced some negative consequences. But keeping our evolutionary history in mind can help us better deal with issues from obesity to difficult childbirth in a much more productive way, according to University of Delaware anthropologist Karen Rosenberg. (2013-02-15)

Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference at Northeastern University
The College of Science at Northeastern University is hosting (2013-02-06)

Genomic hitchhikers in birds shed light on evolution of viruses
The genomes of birds are riddled with DNA sequences from viruses, according to a study to be published on October 16 in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Analysis of these viral sequences, known as endogenous retroviruses, can provide insights into how both hosts and viruses have evolved over the eons. (2012-10-16)

Nunavut's mysterious ancient life could return by 2100
Global climate change means that recently discovered ancient forests in Canada's extreme north could one day return, according to Alexandre Guertin-Pasquier of the University of Montreal's Department of Geography. (2012-09-21)

High-speed method to aid search for solar energy storage catalysts
Writing this week in the journal Angewandte Chemie, the Wisconsin group describes a new high-throughput method to identify electrocatalysts for water oxidation. (2012-05-25)

It's evolution: Nature of prejudice, aggression different for men and women
Prejudice against people from groups different than their own is linked to aggression for men and fear for women, suggests new research led by Michigan State University scholars. (2012-01-24)

Analysis reveals malaria, other diseases as ancient, adaptive and persistent foes
One of the most comprehensive analyses yet done of the ancient history of insect-borne disease concludes for the first time that malaria is not only native to the New World, but it has been present long before humans existed and has evolved through birds and monkeys. (2011-11-02)

Identification and management of breakthrough cancer pain remains a challenge
Today, the results from a European Survey of Oncology Nurse Breakthrough Cancer Pain Practices were presented for the first time at the European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress in Stockholm. The survey was performed for the Breakthrough Cancer Pain Initiative, a European Oncology Nursing Society working group. (2011-09-30)

June 2011 GSA Today science article includes exclusive lithoprobe poster
What would we see and what would we learn if we were able to cut North America in half, pull it apart, and look at the resulting cross section through the continent, from the surface all the way down to its very deepest mantle roots? Although it sounds like an impossible undertaking, Philip Hammer of the University of British Columbia and colleagues have done just that. (2011-05-27)

Lunar water brings portions of Moon's origin story into question
The Moon has much more water than previously thought, a team of scientists led by Carnegie's Erik Hauri has discovered. Their research shows that inclusions of magma trapped within crystals collected during the Apollo 17 mission contain 100 times more water than earlier measurements. These results could markedly change the prevailing theory about the Moon's origin. (2011-05-26)

Moon's rough 'wrinkles' reveal clues to its past
Meg Rosenburg and her colleagues at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. put together the first comprehensive set of maps revealing the slopes and roughness of the moon's surface. These maps are based on detailed data collected by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. LOLA and LRO were built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (2011-05-13)

Discovery of jumping gene cluster tangles tree of life
Since the days of Darwin, the (2011-02-04)

Reading the signs: Plants and animals found common ground in response to microbial threats
Contrary to long-held beliefs, plants and animals have developed remarkably similar mechanisms for detecting microbial invasions. This holds promise for the future treatment of infectious diseases in humans. (2010-11-19)

European Nurse Society calls to action on breakthrough cancer pain
Patient surveys have shown that breakthrough cancer pain is under-recognized, sub-optimally treated and therefore subject of intense patient discomfort. Now, for the first time, the European Oncology Nursing Society sets out to examine the general understanding of breakthrough cancer pain amongst oncology nurses, confidence in treating these episodes, examples of best practice as well as gaps in current practice. (2010-10-07)

Study reveals potential evolutionary role for same-sex attraction
Male homosexuality doesn't make complete sense from an evolutionary point of view. One possible explanation is what evolutionary psychologists call the (2010-02-04)

His or hers jealousy? Study offers new explanation for sex differences in jealousy
Research has documented that most men become much more jealous about sexual infidelity than they do about emotional infidelity. Women are the opposite, and this is true all over the world. (2010-01-26)

Clemson researchers say algae key to mass extinctionss
Geologist James W. Castle and ecotoxicologist John H. Rodgers have published findings that toxin producing algae were a deadly factor in mass extinctions millions of years ago. The research not only provides new insights into the past but also offers a caution about the future. (2009-10-19)

New instrument has potential to detect water deep underground on Mars
With the whoosh of compressed gas and the whir of unspooling wire, a team of Boulder scientists and engineers tested a new instrument prototype that might be used to detect groundwater deep inside Mars. (2009-06-24)

USC partners with French drug discovery company on computer modeling effort
The neurotransmitter L-glutamate regulates countless biological systems in animals ranging from insects to human beings. Though scientists have known its role for decades, and have found that numerous diseases, including possibly schizophrenia, are linked to (2009-04-24)

Study of protein structures reveals key events in evolutionary history
A new study of proteins, the molecular machines that drive all life, also sheds light on the history of living organisms. (2009-03-10)

Xenophobia, for men only
We have an evolved mental readiness to be fearful of certain things in our world. It's known that people are more fearful of (2009-02-04)

Umbilical cord protein analysis detects early onset infection
Yale School of Medicine researchers have identified proteins associated with early onset neonatal sepsis (EONS), a stealthy bacterial infection linked to premature birth, illness and death. Using protein analysis, the researchers have found the biomarkers that can provide key information on how EONS develops. (2009-01-29)

Research exposes new target for malaria drugs
The malaria parasite has waged a successful guerrilla war against the human immune system for eons, but a study in this week's Journal of Biological Chemistry has exposed one of the tricks malaria uses to hide from the immune proteins, which may aid in future drug development. (2008-08-04)

Brown scientist answers how Peruvian meteorite made it to Earth
Brown University professor Peter Schultz's study of the Peruvian meteorite has yielded some interesting conclusions that could upend the conventional wisdom about the size and type of meteorites that can strike Earth. (2008-03-11)

Tiny pieces of 'deep time' brought to the surface
Three-billion-year-old zircon microcrystals found in northern Ontario are proving to be a new record of the processes that form continents and their natural resources, including gold and diamonds. (2008-03-03)

U of M physicist reads the history of the solar system in grains of comet dust
Four years ago, NASA's Stardust spacecraft chased down a comet and collected grains of dust blowing off its nucleus. When the spacecraft Comet Wild-2 returned, comet dust was shipped to scientists all over the world, including University of Minnesota physics professor Bob Pepin. After testing helium and neon trapped in the dust specks, Pepin and his colleagues report that while the comet formed in the icy fringes of the solar system, the dust appears to have been born close to the infant sun. (2008-01-03)

New hypothesis for origin of life proposed
Life may have begun in the protected spaces inside of layers of the mineral mica, in ancient oceans, according to a new hypothesis. (2007-12-04)

UF botanists: Flowering plants evolved very quickly into 5 groups
University of Florida and University of Texas at Austin scientists have shed light on what Charles Darwin called the (2007-11-26)

A galactic fossil
How old are the oldest stars? Using ESO's VLT, astronomers recently measured the age of a star located in our galaxy. The star, a real fossil, is found to be 13.2 billion years old, not very far from the 13.7 billion years age of the universe. The star, HE 1523-0901, was clearly born at the dawn of time. (2007-05-10)

History-hunting geneticists can still follow familiar trail
Fresh analysis validates use of classic genetic system to study ancient migrations of people and to estimate the populations of people or animals as they existed tens of thousands of years ago. (2006-12-19)

Pressured by predators, lizards see rapid shift in natural selection
Countering the widespread view of evolution as a process played out over the course of eons, evolutionary biologists have shown that natural selection can turn on a dime -- within months -- as a population's needs change. In a study of island lizards exposed to a new predator, the scientists found that natural selection dramatically changed direction over a very short time, within a single generation, favoring first longer and then shorter hind legs. (2006-11-16)

Gut check
University of Colorado at Boulder researchers have discovered what appears to be the first evidence of parasites in the gut contents of a dinosaur, indicating even the giants that roamed Earth 75 million years ago were beset by stomach worms. (2006-10-23)

Center for Sensory Biology Inaugural Symposium
The newly established Center for Sensory Biology in the Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences at Johns Hopkins is believed the first and only of its kind to combine laboratories studying all the senses in one location. To kick off this new multidisciplinary collaboration, the center will present investigators' latest findings from research at Hopkins and elsewhere at an all-day symposium. (2006-10-17)

Large European survey reveals critical gaps in breast cancer patient education and communication
Results from a recent survey of European women with early breast cancer, presented for the first time at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) congress, show that the information needs of patients are not being met and that there is an unacceptably low level of patient involvement in potentially life-extending treatment decisions. The survey revealed that older women, those with a low level of education and those without Internet access are particularly uninformed. (2006-09-30)

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