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Running robots of future may learn from world's best two-legged runners: Birds
With an eye toward making better running robots, researchers have made surprising new findings about some of nature's most energy efficient bipeds -- running birds. Their skills may have evolved from the time of the dinosaurs and they may now be superior to any other bipedal runners -- including humans.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

Plump turtles swim better: First models of swimming animals
Bigger is better, if you're a leatherback sea turtle. For the first time, researchers have measured the forces that act on a swimming animal and the energy the animal must expend to move through the water.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

Tiny carbon nanotube pores make big impact
Scientists have created a new kind of ion channel based on short carbon nanotubes, which can be inserted into synthetic bilayers and live cell membranes to form tiny pores that transport water, protons, small ions and DNA. These carbon nanotube "porins" have significant implications for future health care and bioengineering applications.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

ESA Frontiers November preview
(Ecological Society of America) Connectivity cost calculations for conservation corridors, crop companions, jellyfish and human well-being and micromanaging microbes.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

Researchers probe link between newborn health and vitamin A
(Penn State) The impact vitamin A has on newborns is virtually unknown, but Penn State nutrition researchers have published two papers that may provide a framework for future investigations of the vitamin and neonatal health.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

Link seen between seizures and migraines in the brain
(Penn State) Seizures and migraines have always been considered separate physiological events in the brain, but now a team of engineers and neuroscientists looking at the brain from a physics viewpoint discovered a link between these and related phenomena.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

Identifying the biological clock that governs female fertility

A recent study at the University of Gothenburg sheds light on the mystery of the biological clock that governs fertility.
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have identified the biological clock that governs female fertility. The discovery represents a major contribution to research aimed at finding medical approaches to treating infertility in women.

Biology News Net, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

Giant tortoises gain a foothold on a Galapagos Island

A population of endangered giant tortoises, which once dwindled to just over a dozen, has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española, a finding described as "a true story of success and hope in conservation" by the lead author of a study published today (Oct. 28).

Biology News Net, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

New findings show that different brain tumors have the same origin

Glioma is a common name for serious brain tumours. Different types of glioma are usually diagnosed as separate diseases and have been considered to arise from different cell types in the brain. Now researchers at Uppsala University, together with American colleagues, have shown that one and the same cell of origin can give rise to different types of glioma. This is important for the basic understanding of how these tumours are formed and can contribute to the development of more efficient and specific glioma therapies. The results have been published in Journal of Neuroscience.

Biology News Net, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

Himalayan Viagra fuels caterpillar fungus gold rush
Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders often fail to do on a global scale—implement a successful system for the sustainable harvest of a precious natural resource, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis. Biology News, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

Emerging disease could wipe out American, European salamanders
A deadly disease that is wiping out salamanders in parts of Europe will inevitably reach the U.S. through the international wildlife trade unless steps are taken to halt its spread, says University of Maryland amphibian expert Karen Lips. Biology News, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

New research show that bats will hang out with their friends this Halloween
New research has shown that despite moving house frequently, bats choose to roost with the same social groups of 'friends'. Biology News, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:43 GMT

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