livescience.com – Hacking the brain's master clock could help prevent jet lag, at least in mice.
Source: Cristina Mazuski, et al. Entrainment of Circadian Rhythms Depends on Firing Rates and Neuropeptide Release of VIP SCN Neurons. Neuron, 2018.
geek.com – Harvard scientists are using CRISPR to rewire cancerous cells into lean, mean, disease-fighting machines. According to a paper published last week in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers can “rehome” cells to attack …
Source: Clemens Reinshagen, et al. CRISPR-enhanced engineering of therapy-sensitive cancer cells for self-targeting of primary and metastatic tumors. Science Translational Medicine, 2018.
popsci.com – When people traversed across the land bridge connecting Siberia to North America, dogs trotted by their sides. Canines and their human companions spread throughout the continent for thousands of years, settling from California to Nova Scotia and down to Peru. These dogs ranged from the size of squat bull-terroirs to as large as hulking malamutes. By all accounts, these early American hounds were thriving. That was, until the arrival of European colonists, when the continent of dogs was...
Source: Máire Ní Leathlobhair, et al. The evolutionary history of dogs in the Americas. Science, 2018.
livescience.com – New research from the IceCube Neutrino Collaboration found that even subatomic particles unknown to Einstein adhere to his theory of special relativity.
Source: Neutrino interferometry for high-precision tests of Lorentz symmetry with IceCube. Nature Physics, 2018.
scienceblog.com – The ink has not yet dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be in danger of extinction due to mining. A
Source: CHANTELLE M. DEREZ, et al. A new species of bandy-bandy (Vermicella: Serpentes: Elapidae) from the Weipa region, Cape York, Australia. Zootaxa, 2018.
popsci.com – We assume animals are happy, sad, scared or upset based on their behavior. But how do we know if our pets are content?
Source: Mathilde Stomp, et al. An unexpected acoustic indicator of positive emotions in horses. PLOS ONE, 2018.
science20.com – Nature is not just out to kill us, it is out to kill itself, in the interest of surviving over the long term. That is why even the most wholesome backyard organic garden is a hotbed of combat between plants and unseen microorganisms in the soil fighting for space to grow.
Source: Yan Yan, et al. Resistance-gene-directed discovery of a natural-product herbicide with a new mode of action. Nature, 2018.
scienceblog.com – A team of researchers who specialize in visualizing molecular structures developed a 3D model based on the 1918 influenza H1 pandemic virus.
Source: Dustin M. McCraw, et al. Structural analysis of influenza vaccine virus-like particles reveals a multicomponent organization. Scientific Reports, 2018.
sciencenews.org – Scientists have made the first rhino embryos, providing a small glimmer of hope for the nearly extinct northern white rhinoceros.
Source: Thomas B. Hildebrandt, et al. Embryos and embryonic stem cells from the white rhinoceros. Nature Communications, 2018.
sciencedaily.com – With crowdfunded support, researchers have sequenced the first two fern genomes ever. Their results include the discovery of an ancient gene transfer and novel symbiosis mechanisms.
Source: Fay-Wei Li, et al. Fern genomes elucidate land plant evolution and cyanobacterial symbioses. Nature Plants, 2018.