If cats find the taste, smell, shape or mouthfeel of the drug unpleasant or repulsive, they will refuse the medication. Credit: Jaana Hautala In her dissertation, Jaana Hautala, MSc (Pharmacy), is seeking solutions for facilitating the medication of cats. In order for the oral medication of pets to succeed, the animal must enjoy the taste

Leucauge venusta suspended from its web. Credit: Dimitar Dimitrov For the first time biologists have made a full family tree of the world’s spiders, giving us knowledge about venoms that can be useful in medicine. And we might be able to develop silk just as good as the spider’s. They may make you cringe in

Quick-freeze deep-etch replica TEM imaging of a M. pneumoniae cell. Credit: Yuhei O. Tahara; CCBY DNA contains the instructions for life, encoded within genes. Within all cells, DNA is organised into very long lengths known as chromosomes. In animal and plant cells these are double-ended, like pieces of string or shoelaces, but in bacteria they

The new family tree structure is shown. Credit: University of Cambridge The flow of information between cells in our bodies is exceedingly complex: sensing, signaling, and influencing each other in a constant flow of microscopic engagements. These interactions are critical for life, and when they go awry can lead to the illness and injury. Scientists

The new family tree structure is shown. Credit: University of Cambridge More than a century of theory about the evolutionary history of dinosaurs has been turned on its head following the publication of new research from scientists at the University of Cambridge and Natural History Museum in London. Their work suggests that the family groupings

A member of the Ngogo community of chimpanzees in Uganda’s Kibale National Park. A new study shows that the Ngogo chimps have surprisingly long life expectancies. Credit: Brian Wood/Yale University A 20-year demographic study of a large chimpanzee community in Uganda’s Kibale National Park has revealed that, under the right ecological conditions, our close primate

Engineers have designed a microfluidic device they call a “tree-on-a-chip,” which mimics the pumping mechanism of trees and plants. (stock photo) Credit: © weerapat1003 / Fotolia Trees and other plants, from towering redwoods to diminutive daisies, are nature’s hydraulic pumps. They are constantly pulling water up from their roots to the topmost leaves, and pumping

Low oxygen conditions were most severe below a certain depth, evident in this photo of dying sponges. Credit: Arcadio Castillo, STRI Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around the world and threaten hundreds more according to a new study by Smithsonian scientists published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Watching a massive

This photographs shows a juvenile kea playing in the air. Credit: Raoul Schwing When people are feeling playful, they giggle and laugh, making others around them want to laugh and play too. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on March 20 have found that the particularly playful kea parrot from New Zealand has a “play

NUS researchers found that regular consumption of tea brewed from tea leaves reduces elderly persons’ risk of cognitive decline. Credit: © Serhiy Shullye / Fotolia Tea drinking reduces the risk of cognitive impairment in older persons by 50 per cent and as much as 86 per cent for those who are genetically at risk of

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