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Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish's explosive slime

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Biologists have modeled the hagfish's gag-inducing defense mechanism mathematically....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:00:39 EST

Poisons or medicines? Cyanobacteria toxins protect tiny lake dwellers from parasites

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The cyanobacteria blooms that plague western Lake Erie each summer are both an unsightly nuisance and a potential public health hazard, producing liver toxins that can be harmful to humans and their pets....
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  • On: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:00:32 EST

Mojave rattlesnakes' life-threatening venom is more widespread than expected

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It was thought that Mojave rattlesnakes with hemorrhagic venom only lived in Arizona, but new research documents hemorrhagic and neurotoxic venom types throughout the US and Mexico, and even hybrid venom in which one snake exhibits both types....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:23:45 EST

Scientists make strides in creation of clinical-grade bone

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A team of scientists has made valuable progress toward creating clinical-grade cells for treatment of bone disease and injury. In their study, the team identified two types of growth media that could support effective expansion of mesenchymal progenitor (M...
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  • On: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:23:31 EST

New conservation practice could reduce nitrogen pollution in agricultural drainage water

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In a new study, scientists have estimated that a new conservation practice known as saturated buffers could reduce nitrogen from agricultural drainage by 5 to 10 percent....
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  • On: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:23:09 EST

Idled farmland presents habitat restoration opportunities in San Joaquin Desert

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Most of the native habitat in California's San Joaquin Desert has been converted to row crops and orchards, leaving 35 threatened or endangered species confined to isolated patches of habitat. A new study looked at the conservation potential of marginal fa...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:23:06 EST