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Quantifying evolutionary impacts of humans on the biosphere is harder than it seems
Are human disturbances to the environment driving evolutionary changes in animals and plants? (2018-10-12)
Genetic Achilles heel hurts humans fighting hepatitis C
An antimicrobial signaling molecule called IFNλ4 has lower activity against the hepatitis C virus in the vast majority of humans compared with chimpanzees and African hunter-gatherer Pygmies, according to a study published Oct. (2018-10-11)
A pheromone-sensing gene that predates land-dwelling vertebrates
Scientists at Tokyo Tech have discovered a gene that appears to play a vital role in pheromone sensing. (2018-10-09)
HKBU scholar discovers strong evidence for links between drying climate and human evolution
Professor Richard Bernhart Owen of the HKBU Department of Geography has analysed African lake sedimentary cores and established connections between a drying climate and technological and evolutionary changes in early humans. (2018-10-09)
Small-brained female guppies aren't drawn to attractive males
Female guppies with smaller brains can distinguish attractive males, but they don't recognize them as being more appealing or choose to mate with them, according to a new study by UCL and Stockholm University researchers. (2018-10-08)
Dryer, less predictable environment may have spurred human evolution
Evidence of a variable but progressively drying climate coincides with a major shift in stone-tool-making abilities and the appearance of modern Homo sapiens. (2018-10-08)
The threat of Centaurs for the Earth
Astrophysicists from the University of Vienna, in collaboration with Elizabeth A. (2018-10-08)
Viruses influenced gene sharing between Neanderthals and humans
Human evolution used to be depicted as a straight line, gradually progressing from an ape-like ancestor to modern Homo sapiens. (2018-10-04)
Artificial enzymes convert solar energy into hydrogen gas
In a new scientific article, researchers at Uppsala University describe how, using a completely new method, they have synthesised an artificial enzyme that functions in the metabolism of living cells. (2018-10-04)
Could less deadly therapies be a better way to keep cancer in check?
While many cancer therapies initially can be very successful, tumors often return and spread when remaining cancer cells develop resistance to treatment. (2018-10-02)
Neglected baby beetles evolve greater self-reliance
Cambridge zoologists exposed hundreds of burying beetles to two levels of parental care, for 13 generations. (2018-09-28)
Well established theories on patterns in evolution might be wrong
How do the large-scale patterns we observe in evolution arise? (2018-09-27)
'Bin chicken' plays unique role in story of evolution
A University of Queensland researcher has uncovered how a French scientist and ibis researcher conducted the first test of evolution more than 50 years before Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species. (2018-09-27)
Chinese Cretaceous fossil highlights avian evolution
A newly identified extinct bird species from a 127-million-year-old fossil deposit in northeastern China provides new information about avian development during the early evolution of flight. (2018-09-24)
Review explores how birds can stay slim, even when they overeat
Noticing that songbirds never seem to get fat despite overeating at bird feeders, London environmental biologist Lewis Halsey wondered whether the amount of energy birds put into singing, fidgeting, or exercising could be adjusted in ways that regulate weight. (2018-09-18)
Clinical early warning scores: New clinical tools in evolution
Doctors and nurses are always grateful when they are given advance notice that a patient is about to seriously deteriorate (or 'crash,' to use today's clinical vernacular). (2018-09-13)
Gut microbes' role in mammals' evolution starts to become clearer
An international collaboration led by scientists has made a key advance toward understanding which of the trillions of gut microbes may play important roles in how humans and other mammals evolve. (2018-09-13)
Probing individual edge states with unprecedented precision
A new technique makes it possible to obtain an individual fingerprint of the current-carrying edge states occurring in novel materials such as topological insulators or 2D materials. (2018-09-12)
The spark that created life
Evolution by natural selection is immensely powerful -- both in nature and within laboratories. (2018-09-12)
Aging may be as old as life itself
Aging has had a bad rap since it has long been considered a consequence of biology's concentrated effort on enhancing survival through reproductivity. (2018-09-12)
Bioinformaticians examine new genes the moment they are born
Accumulating evidence suggests that new genes can arise spontaneously from previously non-coding DNA instead of through the gradual mutation of established genes. (2018-09-11)
Evolution of psychiatric disorders and human personality traits
How and why human-unique characteristics such as highly social behavior, languages and complex culture have evolved is a long-standing question. (2018-09-07)
Superbugs jumping frequently between humans and animals
In a recent study, researchers found that cows are a source of resistant staphylococcus strains causing infections in humans today. (2018-09-07)
Bird bacteria study reveals evolutionary arms race
A study of a songbird and a bacterium that infects it has revealed how species in conflict evolve in response to each other. (2018-09-06)
Researchers outline game-theory approach to better understand genetics
Principles of game theory offer new ways of understanding genetic behavior, a pair of researchers has concluded in a new analysis. (2018-09-04)
Evolutionary origins of animal biodiversity
A new study by an international team of researchers, led by scientists from the University of Bristol, has revealed the origins and evolution of animal body plans. (2018-09-03)
Adapt, move or die: how biodiversity reacted to past climate change
A new paper reviews current knowledge on climate change and biodiversity. (2018-08-30)
Male and female tennis players decline at same rate
The physical abilities of male and female tennis stars decline at the same rate as they age, new research shows. (2018-08-29)
Mammal forerunner that reproduced like a reptile sheds light on brain evolution
Compared with the rest of the animal kingdom, mammals have the biggest brains and produce some of the smallest litters of offspring. (2018-08-29)
Fossil turtle didn't have a shell yet, but had the first toothless turtle beak
There are a couple of key features that make a turtle a turtle: its shell, for one, but also its toothless beak. (2018-08-22)
32-year Australian study reveals steep decline in student belief that God created humans
Australian university students give far more credit than the previous generation to the science of human evolution and far less to creationism or divine guidance, according to a landmark new study. (2018-08-21)
Study confirms truth behind 'Darwin's moth'
Scientists have revisited -- and confirmed -- one of the most famous textbook examples of evolution in action. (2018-08-17)
Math shows how human behavior spreads infectious diseases
Mathematics can help public health workers better understand and influence human behaviors that lead to the spread of infectious disease, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. (2018-08-16)
Discovery of a structurally 'inside-out' planetary nebula
The Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) in Spain, the Laboratory for Space Research (LSR) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and an International team comprising scientists from Argentina, Mexico and Germany have discovered the unusual evolution of the central star of a planetary nebula in our Milky Way. (2018-08-16)
The new tree of life of freshwater macroinvertebrates in the European continent
A study from the Faculty of Biology and the Biodiversity Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (IRBio-UB) analysed how water macroinvertebrate species, such as beetles, mosquitos and dragonflies, evolved and diversified since their beginnings. (2018-08-03)
X-ray technology reveals never-before-seen matter around black hole
In an international collaboration between Japan and Sweden, scientists clarified how gravity affects the shape of matter near the black hole in binary system Cygnus X-1. (2018-07-27)
Glowing bacteria on deep-sea fish shed light on evolution, 'third type' of symbiosis
For the first time, scientists have sequenced and analyzed the genomes of bacteria that live in anglerfish bulbs. (2018-07-18)
Social isolation: Animals that break away from the pack can influence evolution
For some animals -- such as beetles, ants, toads, and primates -- short-term social isolation can be just as vital as social interaction to development and long-term evolution. (2018-07-17)
New perspective on tumor genome evolution
An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, Spain, deepens understanding of tumor genome evolution and suggests negative selection acting on cancer-essential genes plays a more important role than previously anticipated. (2018-07-12)
New species may arise from rapid mitochondrial evolution
Genetic research at has shed new light on how isolated populations of the same species evolve toward reproductive incompatibility and thus become separate species. (2018-07-12)
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