Key control mechanism allows cells to form tissues and anatomical structures in the developing embryo

Determination of neural progenitor cell-cell de-adhesion forces using micropipette aspiration. Credit: IST Austria Under a microscope, the first few hours of every multicellular organism's life seem incongruously chaotic. After fertilization, a once tranquil single-celled egg ....

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How harmful algae respond to rising water temperatures

To help better understand how temperature influences harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Delaware, University of Delaware researchers looked at the effect of temperature changes on the physiology of three species that live in the Delaware ....

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Breaking COVID-19’s ‘clutch’ to stop its spread

Matthew Disney, PhD, of Scripps Research in Jupiter, Florida, has spent over a decade developing tools to make RNA a druggable target for curing diseases. His lab's latest target is COVID-19, which is caused by ....

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Scientists capture candid snapshots of electrons harvesting light at the atomic scale

Illustration of a PEC model system with 20-nanometer gold nanoparticles attached to titanium dioxide. Credit: Berkeley Lab In the search for clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels, one promising solution relies on photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells—water-splitting, ....

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New model shows that industrial fishing could promote anti-social fish behavior

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Life on Earth is all about strategies for survival, with every organism developing behaviors and bodies that maximize chances of staying alive and reproducing while minimizing the likelihood of being injured ....

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The Arctic is burning in a whole new way

A wildfire burns in an Alaskan boreal forest. Credit: Merritt Turetsky "Zombie fires" and burning of fire-resistant vegetation are new features driving Arctic fires—with strong consequences for the global climate—warn international fire scientists in a ....

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The pace of environmental change can doom or save coral reefs

A parrotfish (Scarus rivulatus) and a pair of rabbitfish (Siganus virgatus) dine together on algae in a coral reef in Thailand. Credit: Mike Gil Increasing fishing too quickly can cause coral reef ecosystems to collapse, ....

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Naked prehistoric monsters: Evidence that prehistoric flying reptiles probably had feathers refuted

What did pterosaurs look like? Some researchers think they had a relatively smooth skin without any covering, similar in appearance to the skin on the palms of your hands. Others have argued that they were ....

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New study shows converting to electric vehicles alone won’t meet climate targets

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Today there are more than 7 million electric vehicles (EVs) in operation around the world, compared with only about 20,000 a decade ago. It's a massive change—but according to a group ....

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