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

Fish science explained: meet ten of the weirdest fishes

Jan 27, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Most people know fish from the dinner table, or from their aquarium. Not many people know that fish form an extremely diverse group of animals and have evolved into many species that are as different from ... Read more

Seeing the world through a bird’s eye

Jan 23, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


While the human eye use the primary colors red, green and blue for color vision, birds use in addition a fourth color, invisible to the human eye : ultraviolet.

With the aid of a special ... Read more

Corals attract symbiotic algae with fluorescent green light

Jan 23, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Reef-building corals can only live in nutrition-poor waters because they have a symbiotic relationship with dinoflagellates (zooxanthellae, a group of algae).

It now appears that corals a... Read more

New snake species discovered ….. in the stomach of another snake

Jan 21, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


A snake that had been found in the stomach of a Central American coral snake Southern Mexico in 1976 turns out to be a new species. Researchers have baptized it Cenaspis aenigma (something like « mys... Read more

Why biodiversity is economically important for the production of fruit

Jan 18, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


Orchards surrounded by agricultural land are visited by a few bee species, and this leads to relatively poor pollination and production, a new study shows.

In contrast, natural habitats i... Read more

Parasitic mite of honeybees does not feed on blood, but on the fat body

Jan 16, 2019 Erwin van den Burg


The honeybee parasitic mite Varroa destructor does not feed on blood, as previously thought, but consumes an organ called the fat body.

This organ not only serves many of the same vital f... Read more

Climate change sparks deadly war between two bird species

Jan 14, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


As the European winters are getting warmer, the pied flycatchers flying from Africa to Netherlands for breeding, are finding that the resident great tits are already claiming all the nesting sites of the s... Read more

Werewolves respond to moonlight and Who else? Oysters it seems

Jan 09, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav


In addition to having a circadian clock and a tidal clock, oysters also have a lunar clock which influences the opening and shutting of the shells. Researchers tracked the behavior of 12 Pacific oysters su... Read more

Why some snakes are deadlier than others

Jan 08, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

Scientists have found out why some snakes have highly poisonous venom, whereas others do not, and why there are such huge differences in the quantities of venom stored in the venom glands.

Following analyses of over 100 snake species, it ... Read more

New type of carbohydrate discovered in cereals

Jan 08, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


A new kind of complex carbohydrate has been discovered in barley, the first discovery of this type in the last 30 years.

The compound is a polysaccharide containing a mix of glucose and xylo... Read more

Loneliness associated with attraction to social media

Jan 07, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


While everyone is nowadays on social media, one cannot overlook the lack of personal interactions when browsing online. According to a recent scientific study, the desire for using social media is associat... Read more

Sound and touch senses overlap in brain of rodents

Jan 04, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu


We have the tendency to imagine the auditory and tactile sensation as distinct senses, but according to a recent study, there is an overlap in the brain between the two.

The study analyzed s... Read more

How memory of flowering plants works

Dec 21, 2018 Erwin van den Burg


Plants can sense and remember changes in their environment through the formation and segregation of a protein complex.

Now, scientists have discovered that one protein in this complex, a ... Read more