SAN FRANCISCO — Scientists have discovered an unusual kind of battery at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean: a living one, fueled by microbes that live near hydrothermal vents.
As they munch on noxious chemicals bubbling from the seafloor, these critters create electrical currents that flow through the walls of the [...]
Nothing but fear itself can actually be dangerous for nesting birds.
Song sparrows protected from attack but subjected to recordings of predator yowls and leaf-crunching approach noises raised 40 percent fewer offspring in a year compared with neighbors living amid innocuous noises, says population ecologist Liana Zanette of the University of [...]
Calling someone a rat should no longer be considered an insult. The often maligned rodents go out of their way to liberate a trapped friend, a gregarious display that’s driven by empathy, researchers conclude in the Dec. 9 Science.
“As humans, we tend sometimes to have this feeling that there’s [...]
The proposed one-lane gravel industrial highway is part of Parnell’s package of projects termed “Roads to Resources” that were announced on Tuesday and [...]
Coffee drinkers swear by a morning cup of joe. The beverage delivers a dose of caffeine, a drug that fires up the body’s nervous system by exciting the brain. In a recent experiment, scientists decided to share coffee’s caffeine effects with laboratory rats to study the drug’s effect on the brain.
A UCSF study suggests patients with chronic pain may experience greater relief if their doctors add cannabinoids – the main ingredient in cannabis or medical marijuana – to an opiates-only treatment. The findings, from a small-scale study, also suggest that a combined therapy could result in reduced opiate dosages.
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