Homo luzonensis: A new human species discovered

Apr 12, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


A team of International scientists have uncovered the mortal remains of a new human species in Philippines, which indicates that this region played an important role in the human evolution. These fossil re... Read more

After 2020, a better convention is needed to preserve biodiversity

Apr 12, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists argue that the current international target for the protected area estate, accepted by 190 nations, is failing.

The use of simple percentage targets has proven not to be effectiv... Read more

Just like humans, birds have different personalities which determine when breeding starts

Apr 09, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Studies in great tit (Parus major) have shown that breeding behavior changes under predation threat.

Aggressive and exploring birds, normally starting the laying of eggs late in the breedin... Read more

Social insecurity causes stress

Apr 08, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


A new study found that social insecurity increases stress in chimpanzees, and that the amount of urinary cortisol (a stress hormone) did not correlate with hierarchy in the group.

Also, dur... Read more

Feather mites help to keep the feathers of birds clean

Mar 29, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Birds have found to benefit from the presence of feather mites in their plumage, and not suffer from them as previously thought.

Scientists have reached this conclusion after studying the g... Read more

Bacteria might travel large distances by air

Mar 26, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Molecular analysis of bacteria living in hot springs shows that populations living in different places share genetic markers of bacteriophage (viruses of bacteria) infections. This shows that bacteria from... Read more

Immune system of plants is triggered by the energy molecule ATP

Mar 25, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists have discovered that the molecule known as ATP, and normally used for energy within cells, triggers defensive reactions in plants when it appears outside the cells following damage.

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Ancient bird could walk directly after hatching

Mar 22, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


A fossil of a hatching bird, dating back to the days of the dinosaurs, has puzzled scientists since its discovery. What could have possibly been the lifestyle of this bird?

Now, by making u... Read more

Fungi are necessary for plants to colonize new territory

Feb 28, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Fungi determine whether plants will colonize new territory or not, a new study shows. Fungi, known as mycorrhiza, supply plants with nutrients that they have taken up from the soil. Plants pass carbohydrat... Read more

Producing functional human proteins in tobacco plants

Feb 27, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists have for the first time demonstrated that a functional human protein can be produced in tobacco plant cells.

The human protein is called interleukin 37 (IL-37), which is produced... Read more

Understanding animals’ social life could help save endangered species

Feb 26, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


A new scientific publication supports the idea that understanding the rich social life of animals might help conservation efforts. The cultural aspects of different animals can help scientists understand w... Read more

The way unicellular aquatic organisms move might inspire robots ’mobility

Feb 26, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


The unicellular aquatic organisms called Euglena move in a mysterious, yet very efficient way. A new study shows that these organisms move fast and elegant even in narrow environments.

The s... Read more

This is why zebras have stripes

Feb 21, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


The origin of the typical stripe pattern of zebras has puzzled scientists for decades. Now, a new study suggests an interesting theory: the stripes may be a defense mechanism against bloodsucking parasites... Read more

Molecular image of key enzyme in photosynthesis obtained

Feb 15, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


With the aid of the recently developed direct electron counting camera, researchers have succeeded in obtaining a molecular blueprint of a protein complex called NADH dehydrogenase-like complex from cyanob... Read more

Asymmetrical pollen grains are preferred by nature

Feb 12, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Plants favor the production of uneven, asymmetrical patterns on the surface of pollen grains over more symmetrical patterns, a new study shows.

It seems that pollen evolve into asymmetrical... Read more

Sea snakes do not drink seawater

Feb 11, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


In contrast to what biologists had always assumed, sea water snakes do not drink seawater, and need freshwater in order not to dehydrate.

Now it turns out that sea snakes can drink freshwat... Read more

Hidden history of bacteria evolution revealed

Feb 08, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


Since bacteria is not well represented in fossil records it is difficult for science to understand how different groups evolved. Now, researchers have devised a new approach to pinpoint evolutionary milest... Read more

We are eating large animals to extinction

Feb 07, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Scientists report that 143 species of large animals are decreasing in number, and 171 are under threat of extinction.

The major cause of the decline of large animals appears consumption b... Read more

Leprosy brought to Ireland by Vikings, according to new evidence

Feb 01, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


Little is known about leprosy in medieval Ireland, therefore a team of scientists studied the skeletons of five ancient humans with leprosy, from cemeteries around Dublin, to understand more.

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On the ecology of anemones and fish

Jan 29, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


While it was known that smaller fish hide between anemones, marine biologists have found that bigger fish do the same thing, but only as juveniles.

Fish do this to avoid predation. In return for providing protection, the anemones get acce... Read more