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Beaked, bird-like dinosaur tells story of finger evolution

Scientists have discovered a unique beaked, plant-eating dinosaur in China. The finding, they say, demonstrates that theropod, or bird-footed, dinosaurs were more ecologically diverse in the Jurassic period than previously thought, and offers important evidence about how the three-fingered hand of...

The story of X -- evolution of a sex chromosome

Berkeley -- Move over, Y chromosome it's time X got some attention. In the first evolutionary study of the chromosome associated with being female, University of California, Berkeley, biologist Doris Bachtrog and her colleagues show that the history of the X chromosome is every bit as interest...

The emerging story of plant roots

An international group of European and US scientists led by the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology at The University of Nottingham have uncovered a fascinating new insight into the unseen side of plant biology the root. Although less visible than shoots, leaves and flowers, plant roots are c...

USGS science picks -- leads, feeds and story seeds

In this edition of Science Picks, discover details about the recent major earthquake in China, including expectations for aftershocks, and find out about a hypothetical earthquake scenario unveiled for Southern California and new publications on how to trek along the Hayward fault line. Learn abou...

The story of Max Perutz, a pioneering biologist with a remarkable passion for life

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. Max Perutz, a pioneer in the field of protein crystallography and a Nobel laureate, was one of the first to study the molecular structures of proteins. His life story, wonderfully told by Georgina Ferry, was recently published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. ...

NOAA science story tips -- AAAS 2008 edition

How Marine Mammals React to Underwater Sound Connie Barclay, NOAA Fisheries, (301) 713-2370 x 144 NOAA Fisheries Service is looking at how marine mammals react to underwater sound. Increasing evidence suggests that exposure to intense underwater sound in some settings may cause certain mari...

The surprising story of Charles Darwin and his homeopathic doctor

A new scholarly written book describes hundreds of well-known and respected physicians, scientists, politicians, corporate leaders, and literary greats who used or advocated for homeopathic medicine. Eleven U.S. Presidents, seven popes, Sir William Osler, J.D. Rockefeller, Charles Kettering, and ...

The 'hole' story

A recently discovered female pelvis is changing minds about the head size of an ancient human ancestor, Homo erectus, and consequently revising notions about how smart they may have been. Found in Gona, Ethiopia, not far from the site that yielded the 3.2 million year old remains of the famed Aust...

The "hole" story

A recently discovered female pelvis is changing minds about the head size of an ancient human ancestor, Homo erectus, and consequently revising notions about how smart they may have been. Found in Gona, Ethiopia, not far from the site that yielded the 3.2 million year old remains of the famed Aust...

Nanotechnology and the media: The inside story

WASHINGTON--Is media coverage of nanotechnologys potential risks growing" If so, who or what is driving articles in national newspapers and newswiresenvironmental and consumer organizations, scientists, law makers, or industrial and financial groups" How do broadcast journalists decide to cover a...

Fire ants: Their true story told by the scientist who loves them

When it comes to fire ants, most people prefer to wipe the venomous little varmints off the face of the Earth ?or at least out of their own back yards. The reviled South American native that invaded the U.S. Sun Belt via 1940s Mobile, Ala., is known in biology circles as Solenopsis invicta and ever...

Mouse to man: The story of chromosomes

The complete sequencing of human chromosome 17 and mouse chromosome 11 offers unique insights into the evolution of the genome of higher mammals, said a Baylor College of Medicine researcher who participated in this effort reported in today's issue of the journal Nature. The work represents the ...

Embryos tell story of Earth's earliest animals

Much of what scientists learn about the evolution of Earth's first animals will have to be gleaned from spherical embryos fossilized under very specific conditions, according to a new study by Indiana University Bloomington and University of Bristol researchers in this week's Proceedings of the Nat...

Image of myosin-actin interaction revealed in cover story of Molecular Cell

Scientists from the Burnham Institute for Medical Research and the University of Vermont have captured the first 3-dimensional (3D) atomic-resolution images of the motor protein myosin V as it "walks" along other proteins, revealing new structural insights that advance the current model of protein ...

Can our genes tell the story of our divergence?

Since humans and chimpanzees forged separate evolutionary paths some 5 million to 6 million years ago, we shed our hirsute coat and heavy brow, mastered bipedal locomotion, and acquired a knack for abstract thought while our next of kin learned to use tools, and developed the skills to construct tr...

Leprosy genome tells story of human migrations, French researchers report in Science

A French genetics study comparing strains of leprosy-causing bacteria has revealed some surprises about how the pathogen evolved and how it was spread across the continents by human migrations. The research, led by scientists at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, appears in the 13 May issue of the jou...

Researchers develop 'brain-reading' methods

...of the same processes. For example, memorizing a list of words that include the word dog is likely to draw up a memory of a pet, the same as reading a story about a dog would. Using machine learning techniques (a support vector machine), capable of analyzing and categorizing large amounts of data, the rese...

ISU researchers find possible treatment for spinal muscular atrophy

...l College of Georgia, Augusta, have their research highlighted as the cover story on this month's issue of the journal RNA Biology . Their research (link to research) is the most downloaded story on the RNA Biology page of the Web site Landes Bioscience. Spinal Muscula...

Life on Earth came from other planets

...Catholic Church are of the same mind and embrace the theory of "abiogenesis" also known as the "organic soup." In the Judeo-Christian Bible, the story of Genesis, it is stated: "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the ea...

Chasing tiny vehicles

... approach should also allow a better understanding of existing nanovectors as well as the development of new systems, as reported in the current cover story of the Journal of Controlled Release . ( Journal of Controlled Release , 20 July 2009) Nanoparticles are so small that many barriers in the body ...

Ben-Gurion U. researchers reveal connection between cancer and human evolution

...that gene mutations that once helped humans survive may increase the possibility for diseases, including cancer. The findings were recently the cover story in the journal Genome Research . The team of researchers from BGU's National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN) set out to look for mut...

CSHL scientists harness logic of 'Sudoku' math puzzle to vastly enhance genome-sequencing capability

... of medical genetics, suggests a new report by a team of scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). The report will be published as the cover story in the July 1st issue of the journal Genome Research . Combining a 2,000-year-old Chinese math theorem with concepts from cryptology, the CSHL sc...

Children's Hospital Oakland scientists first to discover new source for harvesting stem cells

...mia. The study, led by Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland scientists Frans Kuypers, PhD, and Vladimir Serikov, PhD, will be the feature story in the July 2009 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine . The doctors and their team made the discoveries by harvesting term placentas from healt...

American Chemical Society's Weekly Presspac -- June 17, 2009

...nal animal tests, according to the article. ARTICLE #5 EMBARGOED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, June 22, 2009 "Next-Generation Risk Assessment" This story will be available on June 22 at: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/government/87/8725gov1.html FOR ADVANCE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Michael Bernstein ACS Ne...

American Chemical Society weekly presspac -- June 10, 2009

...to make this dream a widespread reality, the article suggests. ARTICLE #5 EMBARGOED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, June 15, 2009 "Sneaky Solar" This story will be available on June 15 at http://pubs.acs.org/cen/business/87/8724bus1.html FOR ADVANCE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Michael Bernstein ACS News ...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- June 3, 2009

...enable their use in the future, the article suggests. ARTICLE #5 EMBARGOED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, June 8, 2009 "The Future Of Metals" This story will be available on June 8 at: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/87/8723sci1.html FOR ADVANCE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Michael Bernstein ACS News S...

Scholar unconvinced new lie-detection methods better than old ones

...the polygraph or you're looking at the fMRI, the assumption is that truth is the baseline the factual, the basic, the natural. And to lie is to add a story on top of the truth." The "good news" in all of this, she said, is that investigators can't actually track people's intentions or behavior by scann...

American Chemical Society's weekly PressPac -- May 27, 2009

...and beverage, the article notes, but help is on the way. ARTICLE #5 EMBARGOED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, June 1, 2009 "Seeking Saltiness" This story will be available on June 1 at: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/87/8722sci1.html FOR ADVANCE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Michael Bernstein ACS News S...

Society for Prevention Research Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 27-29, 2009

... Regency, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20001. The featured story ideas below do not have an embargo. Reporters can reach authors by register...tivity, drug use, healthy eating and physical activity? Other Newsworthy story Ideas: There are many other newsworthy presentations at this meeting. Some ...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- May 20, 2009

...OED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, May 25, 2009 "Research resurrection" This story will be available on May 25 at: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/business/87/8721bu...clines at some top firms raised warning flags. For a free copy of this C&EN story about pharma companies' economic problems, send an e-mail to m_bernstein@a...

Yeast missing sex genes undergo unexpected sexual reproduction

...ector of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis in the Duke Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and co-author of two papers that tell the story in Nature and Current Biology . "I think the fact that it has a complete sex cycle is likely to play a role in the evolution of drug resistance in ...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- May 13, 2009

...., EASTERN TIME, May 18, 2009 "Alzheimer's Scary Link To Diabetes" This story will be available on May 18 at http://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/87/8720sci1...ertise in water purification. To receive a free copy of this must-read C&EN story about China's water needs, send an e-mail to m_bernstein@acs.org . ACS...

ChloroFilms announces video contest winners

... The video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pHGN04CPEM , a collaboration with Anna Edlund, combines music, dance, sensual imagery and puns to tell the story of pollination and fertilization in plants in an unforgetable way. More from this creative team is available at http://www.lelavision.com/ . ...

Focus on the formation of bones, teeth and shells

...f bones, teeth and shells. This creates a prospect of better materials and processes for industry, based on nature. The findings featured as the cover story for the scientific journal Science on Friday 13 March. The researchers, led by Vidi laureate Dr Nico Sommerdijk, managed to image small clusters,...

American Chemical Society's weekly PressPac -- May 6, 2009

...wsmagazine. C&EN senior correspondent Marc Reisch explains in the cover story that an EU regulation now restricts use of animal testing, and will totally...GOED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, May 11, 2009 "Europe's Beauty Race" This story will be available on May 11 at: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/87/8719...

Searching for pollution in the Caribbean

...the laboratories. "Each layer is actually like a page of history," Dr. Sanchez-Cabeza said. "Nuclear techniques allow us to read that book, and the story written in the sediment." "In this project we are not only pinpointing which are the polluted areas but we are also telling society and decision ma...

American Chemical Society's weekly PressPac -- April 29, 2009

...ectrical safety issues related to corrosion of copper wiring. ARTICLE #5 EMBARGOED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, May 4, 2009 "Wallboard Woes" This story will be available on May 4 at http://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/87/8718sci2.html FOR ADVANCE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Michael Bernstein ACS News Ser...

Google Earth aids discovery of early African mammal fossils

...rch scientist William Sanders and Ahmed El-Barkooky of Cairo University visited the site to collect more of the fossils, which may have an interesting story of their own. The bones and teeth---remains of small mammals that lived in the early Miocene Epoch, some 18 to 20 million years ago---are the first...

Unifying the animate and the inanimate designs of nature

...he journal Physics of Life Reviews . It was supported by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation. The story began with the two scientists trying to determine if the same laws applied to two very different forms of locomotion -- the swimming of fish and the r...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- April 22, 2009

... C&EN senior business editor Melody Voith explains in the magazine's cover story that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2007 selected six "cellulosic e...OED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, April 27, 2009 "Cellulosic Scale-Up" This story will be available on April 27 at http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/87/871...
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