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In epilepsy, nerve cells or neurons lose their usual rhythm, and ion channels, which have a decisive influence on their excitability, are involved. A team of researchers under the direction of the University of Bonn has now discovered a...
In dozens of fish populations around the world, the number of old fish has gone down, mainly due to the pressure of fishing, new research suggests. Like old-growth trees in a forest, old fish in the ocean play important roles...
Every few seconds, our eyelids automatically shutter and our eyeballs roll back in their sockets. So why doesn't blinking plunge us into intermittent darkness and light? New research led by the University of California, Berkeley, shows that the brain...
As the world’s largest oilfields age, the power required to keep them operating can rise dramatically even as the amount of petroleum they produce drops, a new study suggests. Failing to take the changing energy requirements of oilfields into account...
Leading scientists and experts in the field of rhino conservation state in a new paper that it is safe to consider the Sumatran rhinoceros extinct in the wild in Malaysia. The survival of the Sumatran rhino now depends on...
Too often, our conversations about guns fail to account for the complex ways that gender and race shape how Americans relate to guns and the gun debate. This often means silencing the vantage points of Americans—including racial minorities, women, members...
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Penn. (Sept. 15, 2015): Humans and habitat intersect in the wildland-urban interface, or WUI, a geography that now includes about one-third of homes in the United States within just 10 percent of the nation's land area. Both...
Geckos, tree frogs, spiders and insects all share a special skill - they can walk up vertical surfaces and even upside down using adhesive pads on their feet. But geckos have 'dry' feet, while insects have 'wet' feet. Scientists...
By combining three important palaeoclimatic records (small vertebrates, marine microfauna and stable isotopes of herbivores), a multidisciplinary team of the UPV/EHU has reconstructed past environments with the best resolution ever achieved. The study, led by Juan Rofes, currently a...
Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10,000 light-years, is best known for an enormous eruption seen in the mid-19th century that hurled at least 10 times the sun's mass into space. This expanding veil of...