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Dog lovers would be the first to agree that these faithful companions know when their human friends are happy or sad. Those who have a dog in their lives are completely convinced that their beloved pets are in tune with their moods and ready to comfort at any time. Scientific research however has never been...

For the first time, living bacteria have been captured by X-ray, researchers report. Researchers from Uppsala University are working at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, Calif, which is operated by Stanford University. This discovery, which offers a fresh way to view active biological samples, could lead to X-ray forays into mechanisms integral...

Scientists have found people’s genes haven’t retained as many fragments of viral DNA as other mammals, maybe due in part to our adoption of tools in lieu of teeth during conquest. Thus, exposure to viruses lurking in the blood may have been lessened. This is not to say people don’t harbor bits of DNA from viruses...

Scientists find just a few microbes are needed to infect lymph node, cause disease A long-held theory about how bubonic plague is caused has been flipped on its head, according to scientists. Researchers from the UNC School of Medicine found that instead of using host cells, some of the plague-causing bacteria travel to lymph nodes in small...

Researchers have found that a protein vital for cell health that has recently been associated with cancer and diabetes, can juggle its cellular to-do list—in effect having two alike protein parts split the workload. A key protein for most life forms—the TH enzyme (transhydrogenase)—works inside mitochondria. “Despite its importance, TH has been one of the least-studied mitochondrial...

Can a new use for an established drug make an even greater impact than the current one? Some researchers in Israel think so. Scientists at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beershaba, Israel, have found that the anti-inflammatory drug alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT), now used to treat type 1 diabetes and various inflammatory problems, may...

When stars collide, it’s not always in a Hollywood action film or on the red carpet. In a much more star-studded event than any movie premiere or awards could ever be, NASA has captured images of a collision of galactic proportions. Through the use of NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, researchers have been given...

Wherever you look, they’re there: Malassezia yeasts. The lipid-dependent fungi are lurking, colonizing the skin on people, warm-blooded animals—as far afield as the recesses of the ocean, in deep-sea vents—and in places far and wide in between. In our skin, the Malassezia disintegrates the fats and uses them for fuel. Researchers examine the possibility that harmful...

While not normally thought of as a club hopping creature capable of glowing in the dark and poisoning predators, the “disco clam” or Ctenoides ales as it is formally known, has been impressing researchers with its ability to light up the sea floor. A team of researchers from the University of California-Berkley presented their findings on...