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Mating with relatives? Not a big deal in nature

We usually assume that inbreeding is bad and should be avoided under all circumstances. But new research performed by researchers at Stockholm University, published in...

Espresso, latte or decaf? Genetic code drives your desire for coffee

Whether you hanker for a hard hit of caffeine or favor the frothiness of a milky cappuccino, your regular coffee order could be telling...

Scientists find five double star systems potentially suitable for life

Almost half a century ago the creators of Star Wars imagined a life-sustaining planet, Tatooine, orbiting a pair of stars. Now, 44 years later, scientists...

How do birds breathe so efficiently?

New findings offer potential to enhance flow engineering. Birds breathe with greater efficiency than humans because of the structure of their lungs --looped airways that...

New software tool is Swiss Army knife for genomic data

A good way to find out what a cell is doing—whether it is growing out of control as in cancers, or is under the...

Life from Earth could temporarily survive on Mars, shows study

Some microbes on Earth could temporarily survive on the surface of Mars, finds a new study by NASA and German Aerospace Center scientists. The researchers...

Ancient relic points to a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

Just like in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the answer was 42. The temporary breakdown of Earth’s magnetic field 42,000 years ago sparked major...

Scientists find the cure for No. 1 killer of citrus trees

New research affirms a unique peptide found in an Australian plant can destroy the No. 1 killer of citrus trees worldwide and help prevent...

Anticancer drug may improve outcome for severe COVID-19 patients

Treating severe COVID-19 patients with the anticancer drug bevacizumab may reduce mortality and speed up recovery, according to a small clinical study in Italy...

Gut microbes in these ants help build tougher armor

Gut bacteria in a species of herbivorous ant play a major role in processing nutrients that allow the ants to build tough exoskeletons, an...