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How a unique island ecosystem evolved some 43 million years ago during the Eocene

How a unique island ecosystem evolved some 43 million years ago

Islands have been vital laboratories for advancing evolutionary theory since the pioneering work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in the 19th century. Now,...

With this vial, we could potentially feed the entire planet

We could soon be growing burgers and steaks in the lab - without the need to harm a single animal Would you eat a burger...

Purple bacteria ‘batteries’ could turn sewage into clean energy

You've flushed something valuable down the toilet today. Organic compounds in household sewage and industrial wastewater are a rich potential source of energy, bioplastics and...
Yesterday's Earth could contain clues for making tomorrow's medicines

Yesterday’s Earth could contain clues for making tomorrow’s medicines

Several billion years ago, as the recently formed planet Earth cooled down from a long and brutal period of heavy meteor bombardment, pools of...

Scientists uncover new gatekeeper function of anti-aging molecule

New insights into the aging brain The protein klotho has been shown to promote longevity and counteract aging-related impairments. Having more klotho seems to allow for...
Can't sleep Fruit flies and energy drinks offer new clues

Can’t sleep? Fruit flies and energy drinks offer new clues

Study finds new mechanism for regulating sleep in fruit flies using an ingredient commonly found in energy drinks Sleep is an essential behavioral state in...

Tales from the crypt: Microbial life thrives in graveyards

Three continents. Nine countries. Cemeteries from Antwerp to Barcelona to Hellerup. Thought cemeteries were only for the dead? Not so, say scientists Noah Fierer and Tess...

Human genome could contain up to 20 percent fewer genes

A new study led by the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) reveals that up to 20% of genes classified as coding (those that...
What’s in the air

What’s in the air?

There’s more to it than we thought Yale researchers have found that a type of air pollution is much more complicated than previous studies indicated. Using...

Your showerhead slime is alive and mostly harmless

The day after Halloween, something scary may still lurk inside your showerhead. Researchers at CIRES have identified Mycobacterium as the most abundant genus of bacteria growing...