ARTICLES RELATING TO RESEARCH

'Babbler' birds use primitive language - study

2015-06-30 09:30

A bird in Australia is able to string together sounds and mix them up in order to communicate different meanings to others, a skill previously attributed only to humans, researchers say.

Kangaroos are left-handed

2015-06-18 21:10

Research on wild kangaroos in Australia is challenging the notion that having a strong hand preference is a trait that developed primarily in people and other primates.

London museum deploys 'gay' moth sex controls

2015-06-17 17:54

London's Natural History Museum is trialling a quirky system using female moth pheromones to confuse males into homosexual activity in its battle to stop the damaging cloth-eating insects from breeding.

Boozy chimps back 'drunken monkey' idea of Man

2015-06-10 08:50

Wild chimpanzees enjoying opportunistic booze-ups on palm wine have helped shed light on a theory about evolution, scientists say.

Scientists restore memories in mice, shedding light on amnesia

2015-05-29 12:20

Researchers have gained new understanding on the workings of amnesia through research that used light to revive lost memories in mice, a study published Thursday reported.

Scientists encounter prehistoric murder mystery

2015-05-28 13:21

Scientists say a fossilised skull discovered deep inside a Spanish cave shows tell-tale signs of homicide: two fractures inflicted by the same weapon.

Fynbos soil could provide new antibiotics - researcher

2015-05-25 19:46

In his quest to discover new antibiotics, a Stellenboch University researcher has turned to fynbos as an alternative to treat bacterial infections.

Gene breakthrough sparks 'home-brewed morphine' fears

2015-05-19 10:34

Scientists say they had unlocked a pathway for producing opiates from genetically-engineered yeast but feared the discovery could one day be a bonanza for drug lords.

Stem cell 'Wild West' takes root amid lack of US regulation

2015-05-18 16:15

Unproven stem cell procedures flourish across the US, outpacing regulation

Deep-sea microbes the missing link

2015-05-06 22:06

Deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean between Greenland and Norway, scientists have found micro-organisms they call a missing link connecting the simple cells that first populated Earth to the complex cellular life now.

 

Some corals can adapt to warmer climate

2015-06-25 21:12

Some coral species are better at adapting to climate change than others, and they may be able to pass their hardy DNA onto the next generation, a study says.

Pink octopus so cute it may be named 'adorabilis'

2015-06-18 08:21

Some say she looks like a ghost from the Pac-Man video game, but she's anything but spooky. In fact, the fist-sized pink octopus is so cute scientists may call her 'Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis'.

Experimental drug regrows damaged body tissue

2015-06-11 22:01

An experimental drug treatment has opened a new door in regenerative medicine by helping lab mice regrow damaged liver, colon and bone marrow tissue, US researchers say.

'Rice bird' almost extinct thanks to Chinese eating habits

2015-06-09 08:09

A bird that was once one of the most abundant in Europe and Asia is being hunted to near extinction because of Chinese eating habits, according to a study.

Experts crack mystery of holes in Swiss cheese

2015-05-28 21:16

After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese.

Scientists warn plant knowledge lost

2015-05-25 21:10

Scientists are warning that plant global knowledge will be lost as botany studies drop sharply.

New Cape diving beetle an 'evolutionary relic'

2015-05-19 22:02

A new diving beetle species has been discovered in the Noordhoek area of Cape Town and has been described as an evolutionary relic.

Why do men exist?

2015-05-18 21:02

Since in many species, sperm is males' only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.

Study aims to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

2015-05-07 10:49

Scientists are studying golden retrievers to find out why their lifespans have gotten shorter over the years and why cancer is so prevalent.

Chinese babies born during 2008 Olympics were heavier

2015-04-29 17:46

Women in the Chinese capital in the final stage of pregnancy during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when officials strictly controlled air pollution gave birth to heavier babies than in years when the city was smoggier, a study says.

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