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Why insects are the most successful creatures ever

Ever wondered why insects are the most successful creatures on the planet? The answer comes down to a newly discovered subfamily of molecular channels. These have given insects a survival advantage.

New Japan volcano island 'natural lab' for life

Toukyo - A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land -- helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.

Research study investigates why females live longer than males

Research from the University of Exeter has found that due to the pressures of mate competition and juvenile survival, male flies have shorter lifespans than females.

Digital Journal's top science stories of 2014 Special

2014 has seen a myriad of fascinating science news. Digital Journal looks back at the year in science and selects the 12 most interesting stories that have impacted people's lives around the world.

Op-Ed: Traditional sex-ed replaced with dolphins and ducklings in Turkey

Sixth graders in Turkish schools will no longer learn about human genitalia anatomy and reproduction, sparking controversy over the censorship.

Op-Ed: Stem cell superheroes and the limits of our biology Special

Ever thought about having the powers or abilities of a superhero? We can improve our abilities by training and effort, but enhancing the human condition really has biological limits. What if we could exceed the constraints of our biology?

Remarkable biology of the crayfish revealed

The blood cells in adult crayfish can form neurons, according to a new paper. The research supports the theory of trans-differentiation, in which cells of one type contribute to tissues that originate from a different part of an animal's body.

Siberian team finds evidence that most dinosaurs had feathers

According to a paper published by Russian researchers, our understanding of dinosaur tissues is wrong. Feathers may have possibly been a part of many body structures during that era.

Scientist wants to use LED light to grow plants on other planets

Ontario - Researcher Mike Dixon with the University of Guelph in Canada has some big plans to amplify Light-Emitting Diode (LED) energy. If these work they could provide an energy source for plants to grow on Mars and other planets throughout the solar system.

U.S. CDC halts hazardous material transfers

Atlanta - Following recent high-profile safety lapses in government labs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has placed a moratorium on movement of all hazardous biological materials.

Salamander clues for limb regeneration

London - Researchers have revealed the secret of how salamanders successfully regrow body parts and one day scientists hope to apply this knowledge to humans.

Gene editing uses HIV virus to fight disease

A new technology has been developed that uses the HIV virus as a weapon against hereditary infection. In the longer term it will also fight HIV infection say the researchers.

Scientists discover way to manipulate memory

San Diego - Scientists have discovered how to erase and restore memories in small doses. This has some amazing implications for future studies.

Photo essay: Top 10 new species for 2014

An appealing carnivorous mammal, a 12-meter-tall tree that has been hiding in plain sight and a sea anemone that lives under an Antarctic glacier are among the species identified as the most interesting "new finds" discovered last year.

How the zebra earned its stripes

Paris - Zebras have stripes to deter the tsetse and other blood-sucking flies, according to a fresh bid to settle a debate that has raged among biologists for over 140 years.

Humans can detect one trillion smells: study

Washington - The human nose can distinguish at least one trillion different odors, millions more than previously estimated, US researchers said Thursday.For decades, scientists accepted that humans could detect only 10,000 scents, putting the sense of smell well be...

Humans can detect 1 trillion smells

Washington - The human nose can distinguish at least one trillion different odors, millions more than previously estimated, US researchers said Thursday.For decades, scientists accepted that humans could detect only 10,000 scents, putting the sense of smell well be...

Good dads make for bigger babies

A biological research scientist at Simon Fraser University has conducted an insightful study suggesting that the entire Animal Kingdom seems to benefit when helpful dads stick around.

Scientists discover four new lizard species in California

Berkeley - Biologists based in California this week announced the discovery of four new species of legless lizards. Nothing unusual about that, you might think. But the discovery wasn't made thousands of miles away. Quite the contrary.

Did life-triggering phosphorus come from outer space?

Life may well not exist in outer space, however some scientists argue that life-triggering phosphorus was carried to Earth on meteorites.

Can kidneys be recycled?

Can kidneys be recycled? A new science paper suggests that kidneys could be put to use as raw material for engineering new kidneys.

Op-Ed: The Link to Homosexuality and Biology

Scientists have made the link between genetics and homosexuality. Can this finally be the validation that the LGBT community has been waiting for?

Op-Ed: Making The Argument For DeExtinction

As the conversation about deextinction heats up, many people are asking themselves if it's even possible, and if so, should mankind be 'playing God'.

Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome at 103

Rome - Italian Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini died Sunday at her home in Rome at the age of 103, according to a statement from Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno. Mr. Alemanno called her death a great loss "for all of humanity."

Not only humans have a mid-life crisis, claims study

Chimpanzees and orangutans may experience a mid-life crisis similar to human beings, a study suggests. An international team of researchers found happiness and well-being in the great apes decreased in mid-life.

Op-Ed: Advance biometrics technology will change the world

The flexible microcircuit patch, designed by John Rogers and Todd Coleman, will replace electrodes and large monitors for measuring body and brain functions. This biological and electrical engineering combination will transform biometric capabilities.

Geneticist David Rimoin has died

The leading Canadian geneticist David Rimon has died aged 75. He was a specialist in diabetes, being he first person to identify that there was more that one type of diabetes, and dwarfism.

Brain freeze effect may hold clue to migraines

San Diego - Brain freeze. If you have ever experienced that sudden rush of cold and sharp headache when eating ice cream, or a frozen slush, you know the feeling. Now researchers think they know why.

New frog species spotted in New York City

New York - A new and unusual species of frog has been found in New York. Scientists have undertaken genetic tests and have confirmed that it is a new species. Due to their scarcity there have been calls for the frogs to be protected by a conservation order.

The biology and art of kissing

Valentine's Day is finally here, which means lovebirds everywhere will be doing more kissing than normal. Is a kiss simply an act of affection, or is there more behind one of humanity's oddest and most beautiful acts.
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