It's not exactly the set of TV's "American Ninja Warrior," but a tiny obstacle course for bacteria has shown researchers how E. coli changes its behavior to rapidly clear obstructions to food. Their work holds implications for not only...
A team of biochemists and virologists at Goethe University and the Frankfurt University Hospital were able to observe how human cells change upon infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19 in people. The scientists tested a series...
To the heroes among you who eat the whole apple: besides extra fiber, flavonoids and flavor, you're also quaffing 10 times as many bacteria per fruit as your core-discarding counterparts. Is this a good...
A grape variety still used in wine production in France today can be traced back 900 years to just one ancestral plant, scientists have discovered. With the help of an extensive genetic database of...
The artificial cells could be used to sense changes in the body and respond by releasing drug molecules, or to sense and remove harmful metals in the environment. Responding to chemical changes is a crucial function...
Discovery of a new feature of a large class of pathogenic viruses may allow development of new antiviral medications for the common cold, polio, and other illnesses, according to a new study publishing June 11 in the...
The secret to making clothing practically indestructible could be the same thing that makes us grow out of it: sugar. A new discovery from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals how sugars...
whyarewetick

Why are we ticklish?

Bottom left: the researcher tickling the belly of a rat. Bottom right: activity of trunk somatosensory cortex (thin vertical black lines) during belly tickling (beige box). Credit: Ishiyama & Brecht A new study from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has found how...
When anthropologists consider the origins of warfare, their evolutionary theories tend to boil it down to the resource-scarcity trifecta of food, territory and mates—three resources that would justify the loss of life and risk to a warring...
Scientists have identified genes that may give long-lived bat species their extraordinary lifespans and cancer resistance compared to other animals. The findings published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution show that bats limit the level...
Drug-resistant bacteria responsible for deadly hospital-acquired infections shut out antibiotics by closing tiny doors in their cell walls. The new finding by researchers at Imperial College London could allow researchers to design new drugs that 'pick...