Human activities promote disease-spreading mosquitoes; more study needed for prevention

Disease-spreading mosquitoes may be more likely to occupy areas impacted by human activities like pesticide use and habitat destruction, than they are areas less...

New rules for algae species classification

A team of evolutionary biologists and ecologists has a new idea for how scientists should classify algae species.

New insight into mammalian stem cell evolution

The genes regulating pluripotent stem cells in mammals are surprisingly similar across 48 species, researchers report. The study also shows that differences among these...

Why rats would win Australian survivor

Australian rodents skulls all correspond to one simple, size-dependent shape that is more than ten million years old but it turns out this lack...

Fish invasions follow Panama and Suez canal expansions

Following recent canal expansions, marine fish are entering the Panama and Suez Canal waterways. Researchers are concerned that they may invade new habitat on...

Neglected for over a century, Black sea spider crab re-described

Even though recognized in the Mediterranean Sea, the Macropodia czernjawskii spider crab was ignored by scientists (even by its namesake, 19th-century biologist Vladimir Czernyavsky)...

The northern quoll: An amazingly versatile survivor?

The northern quoll, one of Australia's most adorable and endangered native carnivores, appears to be adapted to dramatically different landscapes -- which may be...

Genetics of the tree of life

Baobab trees can live for more than a thousand years and provide food, livestock fodder, medicinal compounds, and raw materials. Scientists counted the significant...

Study shines new light on young tree seedlings

X-ray images show a plant's power source may be different than thought.

Plant living with only one leaf reveals fundamental genetics of plant growth

Clinging to the walls of tropical caves is a type of plant with a single leaf that continues to grow larger for as long...

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