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From finding Nemo to minerals: What riches lie in the deep sea?
As fishing and the harvesting of metals, gas and oil have expanded deeper and deeper into the ocean, scientists are drawing attention to the services provided by the deep sea, the world’s largest environment.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

Evolution in rainforest flies points to climate change survival
Scientists believe some tropical species may be able to evolve and adapt to the effects of climate change. The new findings suggests some sensitive rainforest-restricted species may survive climate change and avoid extinction. But only if the change is not too abrupt and dramatically beyond the conditions that a species currently experiences.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

Microscopic rowing -- without a cox
New research shows that the whip-like appendages on many types of cells are able to synchronize their movements solely through interactions with the fluid that surrounds them.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

Underwater elephants
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Douglas McCauley got back to basics in order to discover the positive and negative effects that bumphead parrotfish exert on coral reef ecosystems.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

Huge waves measured for first time in Arctic Ocean
(University of Washington) The first measurements of waves in the middle of the Arctic Ocean recorded house-sized waves during a September 2012 storm. More sensors are going out this summer to study waves in newly ice-free Arctic waters.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

SPIE launches Neurophotonics journal with special section on BRAIN Initiative
(SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics) Coinciding with the launch of the BRAIN Initiative in the USA, the new journal Neurophotonics, published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, will facilitate further collaboration on technological advances in optogenetics, photoacoustics, spectroscopy, and more. This understanding will have significant medical and cognitive applications, and contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the brain.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

Researcher using next-generation sequencing to rapidly identify pathogens

Benjamin Hause has joined the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory as a research assistant professor. Hause uses next-generation sequencing and other new methods to rapidly identify pathogens.
He calls himself the bug hunter, but the target of his work consists of viruses that can only be found and identified with special methods and instruments. Benjamin Hause, an assistant research professor at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Kansas State University, recently published an article about one of his discoveries, porcine enterovirus G, which is an important find in the United States.

Biology News Net, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

Forced mutations doom HIV

Fifteen years ago, MIT professor John Essigmann and colleagues from the University of Washington had a novel idea for an HIV drug. They thought if they could induce the virus to mutate uncontrollably, they could force it to weaken and eventually die out — a strategy that our immune system uses against many viruses.

Biology News Net, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

Stress-tolerant tomato relative sequenced

Wild tomato species are not edible, but they can be bred with domestic tomatoes to introduce new traits such as flavor and drought resistance. A new genome sequence for wild...
The genome of Solanum pennellii, a wild relative of the domestic tomato, has been published by an international group of researchers including the labs headed by Professors Neelima Sinha and Julin Maloof at the UC Davis Department of Plant Biology. The new genome information may help breeders produce tastier, more stress-tolerant tomatoes.

Biology News Net, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

'Killer sperm' prevents mating between worm species
The classic definition of a biological species is the ability to breed within its group, and the inability to breed outside it. For instance, breeding a horse and a donkey may result in a live mule offspring, but mules are nearly always sterile due to genomic incompatibility between the two species. Biology News, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

Poachers threaten new slaughter of South African elephants
Rangers in South Africa's Kruger national park, already struggling to cope with well-armed rhino poachers, said Tuesday they were preparing to face a new onslaught against the park's elephants. Biology News, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

Major turtle nesting beaches protected in 1 of the UK's far flung overseas territories
But on the remote UK overseas territory of Ascension Island, one of the world's largest green turtle populations is undergoing something of a renaissance. Biology News, Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:59 GMT

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