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World’s First Cyborg Plant: A Rose Embedded With Electronic Circuits

The vascular system of roses has been used to construct electronic circuits by scientists from the Linköping University in Sweden. The findings are published in Science Advances. Roses might just have another use – the birthplace of analogue and digital electronic circuits. Researchers from Linköping University put together different electrical components (wires, and digital logic,

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Ants Form A Superorganism When Threatened By Predators

Ants are capable of coming together as “one body” in the face of danger, thereby constituting a protection against threats. The scientific paper is published in PLOS ONE. Researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered that ants are endowed with the ability of exceptional coordination such that they form one entity – a ‘superorganism’

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Horror Movie Size Rats 10x Larger Than Modern Rats Discovered

Imagine a horror-movie-size rat that is ten times larger than your usual rat. Suddenly, the world would be a tad more terrifying place to live in. Well, this type of rats actually existed in the distant past: researchers have recently discovered fossils of 7 such giant rats on East Timor. The discovery of what can

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Crocodiles Keep An Eye Open While Sleeping To Watch Out For Prey & Predators!

Crocodiles can apparently keep an eye open while asleep to guard their pack and watch for predators and potential prey. A new study, published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, has revealed that crocodiles have a ‘to-die-for’ talent. They have the ability to switch to a state called unihemispheric sleep whereby half of the brain is

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Living “Mini-Brains”, An Alternative To Animal Testing

Those opposing testing on animals in the name of science can rejoice at the endeavour of a team from Brown University who developed “mini-brains” embedded with nervous tissue to be used for their research and which might possibly decrease the use of animals for biomedical research. The procedure behind their brain-child is documented in a paper that is available

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Bacteria Infecting Salmon Fish Might Hold The Secret To Fighting Cancer

Salmon, known for its nutritional richness, is a coveted food. A new study suggests that even a bacterial strain known to infect the fish comes with benefits, specially for cancer patients. The findings have been published in Nature Communications.  A bacterial strain known to cause plagues of illness in salmon is being hailed as some sort

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These Worms Can Eat Plastic Safely in Your Garbage

Disposal of garbage (specially plastic) has grown into quite big a problem globally. In this context, finding efficient means to get rid of it is keeping researchers around the world very much busy. A new work, published in two parts in Environmental Science & Technology, led by scientists from Stanford University in the US and Beihang University

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Rabbitfishes Guard Their Mates When The Latter Forage

Researchers from the James Cook University have unveiled a complex behaviour in rabbitfishes. The findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports. A rabbitfish guarding his mate while the latter feeds. Photo credits: Jordan Casey. A team from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies from the James Cook University have discovered that

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New Findings Suggest Giraffes Hum At Night To Communicate

If humans, of all creatures, are the ones to have been gifted the faculty of speech, it never means that other animals cannot communicate with each other – rather, each has his own manner of interaction, perhaps even giraffes which are otherwise known to be relatively silent. It was only recently suggested that giraffes hum to

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Cats Do Not Need Their Owners To Feel Safe & Secure

The debate over dogs and cats will, maybe, live on as long as humanity exists. A scientific study has, yet again, highlighted the differences between the two, suggesting that domestic cats do not view their owners as an epitome of safety and security as do dogs. Rather, cats can feel safe and secure without their

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Anticancer Molecules Found In Venom of Brazilian Social Wasp

The secret to a cancer cure might be lying in the body of a Brazilian social wasp, the Polybia paulista. The venom it injects in its predators as a life-saving method might possible save human lives as it is said to contain an anticancer molecule. The findings have been published in the Biophysical Journal at the

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How weaver ants happen to be good pest controllers

Humanity brought forth synthetic insecticides when the latter are already provided for in nature: a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology has documented how weaver ants happen to be good pest controllers. Weaver ants. Weaver ants from genus Oecophylla contribute to boosting crop yields for farmers by getting rid of pests. They

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