Superbug threat requires urgent world action: scientists

May 23, 2014

Superbug threat requires urgent world action: scientists

Superbugs resistant to drugs pose a serious worldwide threat and demand a response on the same scale as efforts to combat climate change, specialists on infectious diseases said on Thursday. Warning that a world without effective antibiotics would be “deadly,” with routine surgery, organ ...

Simplest animals may help cure brain disease

May 22, 2014

Simplest animals may help cure brain disease

A Florida scientist studying simple sea animals called comb jellies has found the road map to a new form of brain development that could lead to treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. “There is more than one way to make a brain,” ...

May 11, 2014

Biologists invent new DNA letters for life's alphabet

Scientists have taken the first steps toward writing the blueprint of life in an alphabet unknown to nature, they have reported in the journal Nature. Until now, biologists who synthesize DNA in the lab have used the same molecules — called bases — that ...

Neanderthals not incompetent dimwits: study

May 3, 2014

Neanderthals not incompetent dimwits: study

by Will Dunham

No offense, but your ancestors probably were no brighter than a Neanderthal. That is the message a pair of researchers have delivered after analyzing archaeological evidence detailing the capabilities of Neanderthals, our closest extinct human relatives, compared to the early modern humans who first ...

Floating lab finds 'aliens of the sea'

May 1, 2014

Floating lab finds 'aliens of the sea'

Researcher Leonid Moroz emerges from a dive off the Florida Keys and gleefully displays a plastic bag holding a creature that shimmers like an opal in the seawater. This translucent animal and its similarly strange cousins are food for science. They regrow with amazing ...

Sloth guts 'designed for hanging upside down'

Apr 26, 2014

Sloth guts 'designed for hanging upside down'

Three-toed sloths have a unique abdominal design — their innards fixed to their lower ribs to avoid squashing the lungs while hanging upside down, a study said Wednesday. The South and Central American forest dweller, also known as the brown-throated sloth, spends a large ...