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Parrots pushed to extinction, despite protection policies

Habitat destruction by logging and agriculture is pushing parrot species towards extinction, while current protected areas are failing to mitigate these effects, according to...

Cats may help decrease anxiety for kids with autism

In a new study, researchers found that cats may help increase empathy while decreasing separation anxiety for children with autism. The findings can have beneficial...

Scientists develop a cheaper method to create biofuels from plants

Scientists have figured out a cheaper, more efficient way to conduct a chemical reaction at the heart of many biological processes, which may lead...

Why crocodiles have changed so little since the age of the dinosaurs

New study by scientists at the University of Bristol explains how a 'stop-start' pattern of evolution, governed by environmental change, could explain why crocodiles...

Ginger may help treat certain autoimmune diseases

In a new study, researchers found that the main bioactive compound of the ginger root may lower autoantibody production and help halt diseases such...

This portable device can quickly detect plant stress

Researchers at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) have designed a portable optical sensor that can...

This “Cinderella” plant may lead to better breast cancer treatment

A plant that had previously been dismissed as not being medically useful, could prove to be a hero in disguise. In a new study, researchers...

New flower from 100 million years ago brings fresh holiday beauty to 2020

Scientists have identified a spectacular new genus and species of flower from the mid-Cretaceous period, a male specimen whose sunburst-like reach for the heavens...

Scientists find promising antibodies against COVID-19 from a llama

In a new study, researchers have isolated a set of promising, tiny antibodies, or "nanobodies," against COVID-19 that were produced by a llama named...

Gene edit could get oil from plant leaves

Research has found a way to boost the production of triacylglycerol, the main component of vegetable oil, in plant leaves. Vegetable oils are traditionally extracted...