Scientists reveal the evolutionary origins of the plant that sends cats into a frenzy

Scientists reveal the evolutionary origins of the plant that sends cats into a frenzy

Scientists have discovered how catmint gained its ability to send felines into a state of frenzy. By unpicking its genetic makeup, researchers have discovered how catmint evolved to make nepetalactone, the molecule responsible for its...
Study: Conserving biodiverse 'slow lanes' in a rapidly changing world

Study: Conserving biodiverse ‘slow lanes’ in a rapidly changing world

The notion of conserving climate change refugia - areas relatively buffered from current climate change that shelter valued wildlife, ecosystems, and other natural resources - is only about 10 years old, but the field...
Study: Seasonal sea ice changes hold clues to controlling CO2 levels, ancient ice shows

Study: Seasonal sea ice changes hold clues to controlling CO2 levels, ancient ice shows

Sea ice across the Southern Ocean played a crucial role in controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during times of past climate change - and it could provide a critical resource to improve Earth system...
Study: To find giant black holes, start with Jupiter

Study: To find giant black holes, start with Jupiter

The revolution in our understanding of the night sky and our place in the universe began when we transitioned from using the naked eye to a telescope in 1609. Four centuries later, scientists are...
Research Shows CRISPR Effectiveness Against Colitis Pathogen

Research Shows CRISPR Effectiveness Against Colitis Pathogen

Research at North Carolina State University shows that the CRISPR-Cas system can be used to effectively target and eliminate specific gut bacteria, in this case Clostridioides difficile, the pathogen that causes colitis – a...
Study: Where have the swans gone?

Study: Where have the swans gone?

Nearly 13 kilometres per year: that is the rate at which the wintering area of Bewick's swans has shifted east over the past 50 years. It's a discovery with consequences for the conservation of...
Scientists design artificial genes to sense cellular responses to drugs

Scientists design artificial genes to sense cellular responses to drugs

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have developed and implemented a new way to better understand how human cells communicate with each other, how this communication is disrupted in human diseases and...
Study: National tick surveillance survey identifies gaps to be filled

Study: National tick surveillance survey identifies gaps to be filled

New Cornell-led research shows that inadequate funding is the main barrier to better surveillance and control of ticks, including the blacklegged tick, which spreads Lyme disease, the No. 1 vector-borne illness in the country. Insufficient...
Study: Underwater mountain mapped in the South Atlantic

Study: Underwater mountain mapped in the South Atlantic

An underwater mountain double the height of the UK’s Ben Nevis has been added to a global map of the seafloor during a research cruise to investigate the marine environment around some of the...
Study: New modelling tracks arsenic in groundwater

Study: New modelling tracks arsenic in groundwater

Naturally occurring (geogenic) groundwater arsenic (As) contamination is a problem of global significance. It occurs in large parts of the alluvial and deltaic aquifers in South and Southeast Asia. Arsenic is tasteless and odourless and...

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