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Ice Age survivors or stranded travellers?

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Better tasting coffee with microbe aid

WHEN it comes to processing coffee beans, longer fermentation times can result in better taste, contrary to conventional wisdom. Lactic acid bacteria play an...

Researchers find new complex carbohydrate in barley

UNIVERSITY of Adelaide researchers have discovered a new complex carbohydrate in barley. The first of its kind to be discovered in over 30 years,...

Who created the first map of the world?

SOME of the earliest known maps date back to 16,500 B.C.E. and show the night sky instead of the Earth. Maps were also created...

Saturn hasn’t always had rings

ONE of the last acts of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft before its death plunge into Saturn’s hydrogen and helium atmosphere was to coast between the...

Scientists rewrite corn domestication story

Drawing on genetic and archaeological evidence, researchers have found that a predecessor of today’s corn plants still bearing many features of its wild ancestor...

Missing link in planet evolution found

FOR the first time ever, astronomers have detected a 1.3 km radius body at the edge of the Solar System. Kilometre sized bodies like...

Scientists seeking to regrow kidneys make promising discovery

SCIENTISTS seeking to regrow damaged kidneys have discovered that blocked kidneys in newborns have a remarkable ability to repair themselves after the obstruction is...

How do butterflies eat?

IF you’re lucky enough to be able to get close to a butterfly, you will see that it doesn’t have a mouth. So, how...

Scientists warns global strike of fall armyworm

Known to be feeding on many economically important crops, including maize, sugarcane, beet, tomato, potato and cotton, the larvae of the native to the...

Genetically modified hens ‘lay drugs’

SCIENTISTS at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have produced GM chickens that make human proteins in their eggs, offering a more cost-effective method...

UNDERSTANDING ECOSYSTEM THROUGH GENOMICS…

Threespine stickleback, which occupy lakes across the northern latitudes, are a tiny fish with an outsize impact on evolutionary research. These sticklebacks thrive in...

What is a pathological liar?

LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE. Just like me, I’m sure we all tell little white lies occasionally, while pathological liars lie habitually and chronically...

Why some people are more flexible than others?

THEY begin seated on the floor, knees bent out to their sides and soles of their feet touching. Next reaching forward and pull their...

Citizen scientists discover pinhead-sized beetle in Borneo

HOW many citizen scientists does it take to discover a new species? A recent expedition to the Ulu Temburong forest in Borneo proved that you...

Asthma monitoring gets easier

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The battle for the future of farming: What you need to...

BY MICHEL PIMBERT Professor and Director, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University & RATANA CHUENPAGDEE Senior Research Fellow, Coventry University IT is widely agreed that today’s global agriculture system is a social...

Small changes in oxygen levels implicate ocean life

OCEANOGRAPHERS at the University of Rhode Island have found that even slight levels of ocean oxygen loss, or deoxygenation, have big consequences for tiny marine organisms called zooplankton. Zooplankton are...

Scientists invent new sustainable biopolymer technology

A NEW Tel Aviv University study describes a process to make bioplastic polymers that don’t require land or fresh water —resources that are scarce in much of the world....

GM houseplant to keep home’s air clean

WE like to keep the air in our homes as clean as possible, and sometimes we use HEPA air filters to keep offending allergens and dust particles at...

Melting ice sheets release tonnes of methane into the atmosphere, study

THE Greenland Ice Sheet emits tonnes of methane according to a new study, showing that subglacial biological activity impacts the atmosphere far more than previously thought. An international team of...

Medical scanner unlocks the mysteries of a giant prehistoric marine reptile

A NEARLY metre-long skull of a giant fossil marine ichthyosaur found in a farmer’s field more than 60 years ago has been studied for the first time. Using cutting-edge...

Why are some snakes deadlier than others?

AN international collaboration led by scientists from the National University of Ireland, Galway, The University of St Andrews, Trinity College Dublin and the Zoological Society of London has uncovered why...

Genome of the small hive beetle sequenced

BEEKEEPERS and researchers will welcome the unveiling of the small hive beetle’s genome by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues. The small hive beetle (SHB) is a major...

Report: GMOs, gene editing can help feed the world

A NEW REPORT, Creating a Sustainable Food Future, published by the World Resources Institute (WRI) suggests ways of feeding the planet’s almost 10 billion people by 2050 when food demand is...

Japan may allow genome-edited food sale

JAPAN’S MINISTRY OF HEALTH Labour, and Welfare Expert Committee announced their proposal to allow most of the genome-edited currently under development to be marketed without safety screening by the state. It...

US requires labeling of GMO foods as “bioengineered”

A RECENT ruling by the USDA exempts certain biotech foods from bioengineered labeling requirements, including highly refined products such as candies, cooking oils and sodas with levels of bioengineered foods...

Study: Anti-GMO sentiment has repercussions for developing world

A STUDY conducted at the Iowa State University analysed dozens of previous scientific studies on the safety of Bt corn and provides an overview of the risk assessment process...

Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch

PLANTS convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis; however, most crops on the planet are plagued by a photosynthetic glitch, and to deal with it, evolved an energy-expensive process called photorespiration...

Artificial fly brain can tell who’s who

DESPITE the simplicity of their visual system, fruit flies are able to reliably distinguish between individuals based on sight alone. This is a task...

New Peruvian potato variety to help in fight against child anemia

IN DECEMBER last year, the Agriculture Minister in Peru publicly presented a new purple flesh potato variety with higher than normal concentrations of iron and zinc. The potato is...

Researchers develop self-contained planters that grow in space

FRESH food is so attractive to astronauts that they toasted with salad when they were able to cultivate a few lettuce heads on the...

Why humans cannot digest cellulose?

Humans cannot digest cellulose as the digestive system of humans do not have cellulase, the enzyme which digests the cellulose. Cellulose is composed of long chains of polymeric polysaccharide carbohydrate. Cellulose is the...

How can you change TV channels at the speed of light?

Remote controls are a perfect indulgence for couch potatoes everywhere—but have you ever stopped to wonder how they work? How come your TV remote doesn’t trigger...

How to unboil an egg?

This may sound like a riddle, but thanks to chemistry it’s actually possible. When an egg is boiled, the albumen around the yolk turns white. That’s because...

How do fireworks work?

On the Dec 31 every year, people around the world will gather to celebrate New Year’s Eve and enjoy the dazzling, shimmering and glittering fireworks display in the sky. Fireworks...

How is a sponge able to hold so much water?

Natural sponges are simple marine animals that don’t have any organs. Instead, they rely on their huge surface area to absorb oxygen and nutrients and to get rid of...

Taiace diversifies to serve more industries

TELL us about Taiace and its beginning. How and what made you establish this company? TAIACE ENGINEERING SDN BHD was established on 16th June 1996. We started as a metal stamping...

Animals that never develop CANCER

SOME animals don’t get cancer easily, or never at all. Something in their genetic makeup is hardwired to fight cancer. Understanding why, could help scientists treat...

A lung-inspired design turns water into fuel

SCIENTISTS at Stanford University have designed an electrocatalytic mechanism that works like a mammalian lung to convert water into fuel. Their research, published December...

Which mammal can fly

Many people think that flying squirrels, flying possums and colugos can fly. Unfortunately, they cannot fly but rather they can only glide for limited...

Why cows are getting a bad rap in lab-grown meat debate

BY ALISON VAN EENENNAAM A BATTLE ROYAL is brewing over what to call animal cells grown in cell culture for food. Should it be in-vitro...

Biodiesel from wet biological waste

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HIV vaccine protects non-human primates from infection

FOR more than 20 years, scientists at Scripps Research have chipped away at the challenges of designing an HIV vaccine. Now new research, published...

What is poison dart frog?

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New mathematical model can help save endangered species

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When do ants sleep?

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