Tiny proteins help power muscles and provide the toxic punch to many venoms
News from ScienceFew super-small proteins have come to light because of a standard for identifying genes set about 20 years ago. But now, with broader criteria and better detection methods, biologists are beginning to delve into the functions of microproteins.
Find pushes insect pollination back nearly 50 million years
News from ScienceAn ancient beetle that nibbled a flower and got trapped in amber for nearly 100 million years has become the earliest direct evidence of insects pollinating flowering plants, according to a new study.
The ancient arthropods give new meaning to the phrase “pick-up line”
News from ScienceFor decades, scientists have been digging up groups of fossilized trilobites—only to find the creatures lined up. Now, researchers studying ancient fossils in Morocco think they know why.
News from ScienceFor decades, scientists have been digging up groups of fossilized trilobites only to find the creatures lined up. Now, researchers studying ancient fossils in Morocco think they know why.
Centuries-old incest ban made Westerners more independent and trusting of strangers, study argues
News from ScienceMedieval church rules against marrying close relatives broke down strict, long-standing kinship structures, paving the way for a more individualistic modern Western society, according to new research.
At the height of Rome's power, city residents showed little European DNA
News from ScienceTwo thousand years ago, the streets of Rome bustled with people from all over the ancient world. Now, an ancient DNA study has shown those far-flung connections were written in the genomes of the Romans.
Now, the birds have their own custom mobile service plan
News from ScienceThirteen eagles migrating south from Russia and Kazakhstan racked up hundreds of dollars of data roaming charges this summer when their tracking tags attempted to send SMS messages from out of range.
Strategy appears to block KRAS tumor growth protein
News from ScienceCancer researchers are making progress toward a goal that has eluded them for more than 30 years: shrinking tumors by shutting off a particular protein that drives growth in many cancer types.
The bright orange Brazilian frog’s skeleton shines through its paper-thin skin
News from ScienceWhile scientists were on the hunt to discover more about the pumpkin toadlet's mating call, they discovered something unexpected.
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Congolese giant toad is a near-perfect match for the Gaboon viper
News from ScienceThe Congolese giant toad escapes being eaten by birds, lizards, and snakes with a trick never seen anywhere else in the world: It looks and acts just like the Gaboon viper, one of the most venomous snakes in Central Africa.