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Real-time tracking system developed to monitor dangerous bacteria inside body
Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, researchers working with mice report they have devised a way to detect and monitor in real time infections with dangerous Gram-negative bacteria. These increasingly drug-resistant bacteria are responsible for a range of diseases, including fatal pneumonias and various bloodstream or solid-organ infections acquired in and outside the hospital.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:45 GMT

Wild chimps use innovative strategies to raid neighboring agricultural fields undetected
Wild chimpanzees living in a disturbed habitat may use innovative strategies, like foraging crops at night, to coexist with nearby human activities.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:45 GMT

Rescued 'abandoned' penguin chicks survival similar to colony rates
Abandoned penguin chicks that were hand-reared and returned to the wild showed a similar survival rate to their naturally-reared counterparts.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:45 GMT

New policymaking tool for shift to renewable energy
(Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen) Multiple pathways exist to a low greenhouse gas future, all involving increased efficiency and a dramatic shift in energy supply away from fossil fuels. A new tool 'SWITCH' enables policymakers and planners to assess the economic and environmental implications of different energy scenarios. It is presented today at the congress Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability, hosted by the University of Copenhagen.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:46 GMT

Seaweed engineers build crustacean homes; old forests store new nitrogen
(Ecological Society of America) In this month's issue of Ecology, invasive seaweed shelters native crustaceans, mature forests store nitrogen in soil, and stream invertebrates aren't eating what we thought they were eating.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:46 GMT

New insights on carbonic acid in water
(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A new study by Berkeley Lab researchers provides valuable new insight into aqueous carbonic acid with important implications for both geological and biological concerns.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:46 GMT

Tarantula venom illuminates electrical activity in live cells

Researchers have created a cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound to help scientists observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells. The probe binds to a voltage-activated potassium ion channel subtype, lighting up when the channel is turned off and dimming when it is activated.

Biology News Net, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:46 GMT

Physicists solve longstanding puzzle of how moths find distant mates

The way in which male moths locate females flying hundreds of meters away has long been a mystery to scientists.

Biology News Net, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:46 GMT

Amphibians being wiped out by emerging viruses

Scientists tracing the real-time impact of viruses in the wild have found that entire amphibian communities are being killed off by closely related viruses introduced to mountainous areas of northern Spain.

Biology News Net, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:46 GMT

NYSCF Research Institute announces largest-ever stem cell repository
The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute, through the launch of its repository in 2015, will provide for the first time the largest-ever number of stem cell lines available to the scientific research community. Initially, over 600 induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell lines and 1,000 cultured fibroblasts from over 1,000 unique human subjects will be made available, with an increasing number available in the first year. To collect these samples, NYSCF set up a rigorous human subjects system that protects patients and allows for the safe and anonymous collection of samples from people interested in participating in research.
Phys.org: Biology News, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:46 GMT

Rescued 'abandoned' penguin chicks survival similar to colony rates
Abandoned penguin chicks that were hand-reared and returned to the wild showed a similar survival rate to their naturally-reared counterparts, according to a study published October 22, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Richard Sherley from University of Cape Town and colleagues.
Phys.org: Biology News, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:46 GMT

Males of great bustard self-medicate to appear more attractive to females
Males of great bustard consume small doses of poison with a dual purpose: to eliminate intern parasites and, especially, to look healthier and stronger before females, allowing them to achieve a greater reproductive success. A team of researchers from the Spanish National Research Council has now suggested for the first time that this function of self-medication could be a mechanism of sexual selection. The study results are published in the PLOS ONE journal.
Phys.org: Biology News, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:18:46 GMT

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