Study on world’s biggest animal finds more than 1 population in the southeastern Pacific

Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the Universidad Austral de Chile, the Blue Whale Center, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), NOAA, and other organizations are examining molecular clues to answer a big question: how many …


A clear, molecular view of how human color vision evolved

Many genetic mutations in visual pigments, spread over millions of years, were required for humans to evolve from a primitive mammal with a dim, shadowy view of the world into a greater ape able to see all the colors in a rainbow.
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Time management skills keep animals primed for survival

Many animals may have a previously under-appreciated ability to make up for lost time with more effort, according to new research publishing this week in PLOS Computational Biology.
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Computational clues into the structure of a promising energy conversion catalyst

Hydrogen fuel is a promising source of clean energy that can be produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. The reaction is difficult but achievable with the help of a catalyst, a material that can speed up the process. However, current c…


Instant-start computers possible with new breakthrough

To encode data, today’s computer memory technology uses electric currents — a major limiting factor for reliability and shrinkability, and the source of significant power consumption. If data could instead be encoded without current — for example, by…


In one aspect of vision, computers catch up to primate brain

For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly.
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Origin of long-standing space mystery revealed


Team develops ‘cool’ new method for probing how molecules fold

Collaborating scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the University of California (UC) San Diego have developed a powerful new system for studying how proteins and other biological molecules form and lose their natural folded structu…