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A Cereal Survives Heat and Drought

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An international consortium under the lead of the non-profit organization "International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics" (ICRISAT) and participation of a research team around the system biologist Wolfram Weckwerth has published...
18-Sep-2017 4:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

The Evolutionary Origin of the Gut

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How did the gut, the skin and musculature evolve? This question concerns scientists for more than a century. Through the investigation of the embryonic development of sea anemones, a very old animal lineage, researchers from the University of Vienna...
11-Sep-2017 11:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Getting Hook Bending Off the Hook

The bending of a hook into wire to fish for the handle of a basket by the crow Betty 15 years ago stunned the scientific world. However, the finding was recently relegated as similar behavioural routines were discovered in the natural repertoire of...
5-Sep-2017 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Quantum Ruler for Biomolecules

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Quantum physics teaches us that unobserved particles may propagate through space like waves. This is philosophically intriguing and of technological relevance: a research team at the University of Vienna has demonstrated that combining experimental...
22-Aug-2017 5:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

When Fish Swim in the Holodeck

Behavior experiments are useful tools to study brain function. Standard experiments to investigate behavior in popular lab animals such as fish, flies or mice however only incompletely mimic natural conditions. The understanding of behavior and...
21-Aug-2017 5:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Bacteria Stab Amoebae with Micro-Daggers

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Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Vienna have discovered a type of bacteria that uses tiny daggers to prevent itself from being eaten by amoebae. The scientists also resolved the three-dimensional structure of the mechanism that...
17-Aug-2017 8:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Massive Particles Test Standard Quantum Theory

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In quantum mechanics particles can behave as waves and take many paths through an experiment, even when a classical marble could only take one of them at any time. However, it requires only combinations of pairs of paths, rather than three or more,...
11-Aug-2017 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

What Flowers Looked Like 100 Million Years Ago

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Flowering plants with at least 300,000 species are by far the most diverse group of plants on Earth. They include almost all the species used by people for food, medicine, and many other purposes. However, flowering plants arose only about 140...
2-Aug-2017 5:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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