Scientists discover a new promising target for diabetes treatment

IMAGE: Model of insulin inhibitory receptor ‘inceptor’ (in black) desensetizing the insulin recptor (in color) on a pancreatic beta cell. Insulin in blue. view more  Credit: Helmholtz Zentrum München Researchers have discovered a novel and druggable insulin inhibitory receptor, named inceptor. The latest study from Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, the Technical University of Munich and the German […]

Scientists discover the secret of Galapagos’ rich ecosystem

A Galápagos Toroise. Credit: Alexander Forryan New research has unlocked the mystery of how the Galápagos Islands, a rocky, volcanic outcrop, with only modest rainfall and vegetation, is able to sustain its unique wildlife habitats. The Galápagos archipelago, rising from the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean some 900 kilometres off the South American mainland, is an […]

Researchers at Brazil’s space institute discover why lightning branches and flickers

IMAGE: Analysis of the first super slow motion recordings of upward flashes suggests a possible explanation for the formation of luminous structures after electrical discharges split in the atmosphere view more  Credit: INPE Researchers at Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (INPE), in partnership with colleagues in the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa, have recorded […]

Scientists discover new ‘spectacular’ bat from West Africa

Myotis nimbaensis, shown here, is a new species of bat named for the mountain range in which it is found, the Nimba Mountains in West Africa. Credit: © Bat Conservation International A group of scientists led by the American Museum of Natural History and Bat Conservation International have discovered a new species of a striking […]

Scientists discover bizarre new mode of snake locomotion

IMAGE: The brown tree snake, which is nocturnal, was accidentally introduced to Guam in the late 1940s or early 1950s. view more  Credit: Bjorn Lardner, United States Geological Survey A team of researchers from Colorado State University and the University of Cincinnati have discovered a new mode of snake locomotion that allows the brown tree snake […]

New statistical method exponentially increases ability to discover genetic insights — ScienceDaily

Pleiotropy analysis, which provides insight on how individual genes result in multiple characteristics, has become increasingly valuable as medicine continues to lean into mining genetics to inform disease treatments. Privacy stipulations, though, make it difficult to perform comprehensive pleiotropy analysis because individual patient data often can’t be easily and regularly shared between sites. However, a […]

Scientists discover slimy microbes that may help keep coral reefs healthy

Corals have evolved over millennia to live, and even thrive, in waters with few nutrients. In healthy reefs, the water is often exceptionally clear, mainly because corals have found ways to make optimal use of the few resources around them. Any change to these conditions can throw a coral’s health off balance. Now, researchers […]

Scientists discover virus-like particles in Bryozoa

Bugula neritina. Colony collected intertidally on Atlantic Beach, USA. Credit: SPbU Scientists from Russia, Austria, and the USA have discovered virus-like particles in the bacterial symbionts of Bryozoa—a phylum of colonial aquatic invertebrates—filter-feeders dominating in many bottom ecosystems. The research project was planned and supervised by scientists from St Petersburg University. Some of the virus-like […]

Researchers discover C-H bond activation reactions at low temperature by photo-induced means

 High-resolution STM visualizing the intermediate states of the reaction and the reaction pathway of EB dehydrogenation on TiO2. Credit: WANG Haochen The C-H bond is very important in organic chemistry. Chemical reactions related to the breaking and further synthesis of the C-H bond require high activation energy and poor selectivity. Therefore, it’s important to understand […]