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Second of its kind 'sharpshooter' leafhopper from Brazil 'strikes' with its coloration

Reported by Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily

When, in 2014, Brazilian researchers stumbled across a red-eyed leafhopper feeding inside bromeliads, growing in the restingas of southeastern Brazil, they were certain it was a one-of-a-kind discovery. Several years later, however, fieldwork in a mountain...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:46 EST

Tiny salamander's huge genome may harbor the secrets of regeneration

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If scientists can find the genetic basis for the axolotl's ability to regenerate, they might be able to find ways to restore damaged tissue in humans. But they have been thwarted in the attempt by another peculiarity of the axolotl -- it has the largest ge...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:46 EST

Rethinking land conservation to protect species that will need to move with climate change

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A new study finds that many species of animals and plants likely will need to migrate under climate change, and that conservation efforts will also need to shift to be effective....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:46 EST

Walnuts may slow cognitive decline in at-risk elderly

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Eating walnuts may help slow cognitive decline in at-risk groups of the elderly population, according to a study conducted by researchers in California and Spain....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 08:09 EST

Scientists short-circuit maturity in insects, opening new paths to disease prevention

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New research shows, contrary to previous scientific belief, a hormone required for sexual maturity in insects cannot travel across the blood-brain barrier unless aided by a transporter protein. The finding may soon allow scientists to prevent disease-sprea...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 08:09 EST

Finely tuned nervous systems allowed birds and mammals to adopt smoother strides

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A study suggests that neuromuscular adaptations in mammals and birds may have allowed them to become more nimble than reptiles and amphibians....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:49 EST