Monthly Archives: December 2017

Ancient jumping genes may give corals a new lease on life

Jumping genes could make an alga, and its coral host, more tolerant to warming sea temperatures. A particular gene is shown by KAUST researchers to help the heat tolerance of…

Gaia sky scan

This colourful streamer is created from real data that represents the viewing direction of ESA’s Gaia satellite as it scans across the sky. Gaia’s mission is to make the largest,…

Unlocking the mystery of pollen tube guidance

Solving the cocrystal structure of a pollen tube attractant and its receptor  Pollen tube guidance towards the ovule is an important step for fertilization in flowering plants. In order for…

Is punishment as effective as we think?

Punishment might not be an effective means to get members of society to cooperate for the common good, according to a social dilemma experiment. A game to study human behavior…

New Cellular Approach Found to Control Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that extracellular vesicles – tiny protein-filled structures – isolated from amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSCs) can be used to effectively slow the progression…

UW search team recovers remains of airman missing since WWII

It’s likely just a matter of months until 1st Lt. Frank Fazekas, a husband, father and U.S. Army Air Forces pilot, is laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. But…

Charcoal remains could accelerate CO2 emissions after forest fires

Charcoal remains after a forest fire help decompose fine roots in the soil, potentially accelerating CO2 emissions in boreal forests. Boreal forests are a huge carbon sink. The fine roots,…

Accessing Copernicus data made easier

Thanks to the European Union’s Copernicus programme, vast quantities of satellite data are freely available to manage the environment and benefit European citizens. While this offers a wealth of opportunities,…

Understanding the molecular mechanisms of ALS

Scientists have revealed more details of the molecular mechanism behind neuronal cell death in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a step forward to find ways to control progression of the disease….

New hope for stopping an understudied heart disease in its tracks

The diminutive size of our aortic valve — just shy of a quarter — belies its essential role in pushing oxygen-rich blood from the heart into the aorta, our body’s…

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