Rhizobia (in blue) in the roots of a plant. The brown structures are plant proteins (colored electron microscope image). Credit: ETH Zurich / Anne-Greet Bittermann Plants need nitrogen in the form of ammonium if they are to grow. In the case of a great many cultivated plants, farmers are obliged […]

Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics and collaborators have discovered that terahertz radiation, contradicting conventional belief, can disrupt proteins in living cells without killing the cells. This finding implies that terahertz radiation, which was long considered impractical to use, may have applications in manipulating cell functions for the […]

An aerial view of a tropical forest along the eastern Pacific Ocean shoreline of Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Credit: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute All living things have tipping points: points of no return, beyond which they cannot thrive. A new report in Science shows that maximum daily temperatures above 32.2 degrees Celsius (about 90 […]

A microscopic view of spiny pollen from a native wild dandelion species in the southern Rocky Mountains. Credit: University of Missouri University of Missouri researchers discover wildflower’s spiny pollen adapts to help plants reproduce. Have pollen. Must travel. Over 80% of the world’s flowering plants must reproduce in order to […]

Frontoparietal activation reflects individual working memory abilities. Credit: Rosenberg et al., JNeurosci 2020 Brain network activity predicts working memory abilities during development. A child’s unique brain activity reveals how good their memories are, according to research recently published in JNeurosci. When you scramble to remember a phone number as you enter […]

DNA may not be life’s instruction book, but just a jumbled list of ingredients. University of Maryland researcher develops potentially revolutionary framework for heredity and evolution in which inheritable information is stored outside the genome. The common view of heredity is that all information passed down from one generation to […]

Willow tit (Poecile montanus) in flight in Kittilä, Finland. Poecile montanus: Dispersal ability has a prominent latitudinal gradient; species that live in temperate regions, like this Willow Tit, can on average fly farther than those that live in the tropics. Credit: Estormiz Bird wings adapted for long-distance flight are linked […]

A sword-tailed cricket. Credit: Dr. Marc Holderied, University of Bristol Researchers have uncovered the highly efficient strategy used by a group of crickets to distinguish the calls of predatory bats from the incessant noises of the nocturnal jungle. The findings, led by scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Graz […]

Flowering strip plants like sunflowers can help increase bee reproduction, according to a new study. Credit: Photo courtesy of Ben Barnhart Flowering strips – pollinator-friendly rows of plants that increase foraging habitat for bees – can help offset pollinator decline but may also bring risks of higher pathogen infection rates […]

Research from the University of Sheffield has revealed why some bird species take longer to develop than others Findings could help scientists predict how animals will adapt to climate breakdown and habitat destruction The study is the first to consider the importance of lifestyle, environment, evolutionary history, and body size […]