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  • HIV vaccine protects non-human primates from infection
    Posted on December 14, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    New research shows that an experimental HIV vaccine strategy works in non-human primates. In the study, rhesus macaque monkeys produced neutralizing antibodies against one strain of HIV that resembles the resilient viral form that most commonly […]

  • Origins of Pain
    Posted on December 13, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Research in mice identifies a set of neurons responsible for sustained pain and resulting pain-coping behaviors Findings point to the existence of separate neural pathways that regulate threat avoidance versus injury mitigation Study can inform new […]

  • Biologists turn eavesdropping viruses into bacterial assassins
    Posted on December 13, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Researchers have found a bacteria-killing virus that can listen in on bacterial conversations -- and then they made it attack diseases including salmonella, E. coli and cholera. […]

  • Neanderthal genes give clues to human brain evolution
    Posted on December 13, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    A distinctive feature of modern humans is our round (globular) skulls and brains. Researchers report that present-day humans who carry particular Neanderthal DNA fragments have heads that are slightly less rounded, revealing genetic clues to the […]

  • Shrinking objects to the nanoscale
    Posted on December 13, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Researchers have invented a new way to fabricate nanoscale 3D objects of nearly any shape. They can also pattern the objects with a variety of useful materials, including metals, semiconducting quantum dots, and DNA. […]

  • Scientists overhaul corn domestication story with multidisciplinary analysis
    Posted on December 13, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Scientists are revising the history of one of the world's most important crops. Drawing on genetic and archaeological evidence, researchers have found that a predecessor of today's corn plants still bearing many features of its wild ancestor was […]

  • Early animals: Death near the shoreline, not life on land
    Posted on December 13, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Our understanding of when the very first animals started living on land is helped by identifying trace fossils -- the tracks and trails left by ancient animals -- in sedimentary rocks that were deposited on the continents. […]

  • Where did the hot Neptunes go? A shrinking planet holds the answer
    Posted on December 13, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    'Where did the hot Neptunes go?' This is the question astronomers have been asking for a long time, faced with the mysterious absence of planets the size of Neptune. Researchers have just discovered that one of these planets is losing its atmosphere […]

  • Organic food worse for the climate?
    Posted on December 13, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required, a new study finds. […]

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