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Biology & Aging

Both plants, algae and bacteria contain light-absorbing proteins which play a role in photosynthesis and thus how the organisms produce energy....
During plant growth, dividing cells in meristems must coordinate transitions from division to expansion and differentiation. Three distinct...
Duke University researchers have found a "roving detection system" on the surface of cells that may point to new ways of treating diseases like...
Part of the aversion to thinking about death may not be the actual fact of dying but unease about the way we might die. In many ways we are...
Microorganisms can be found on the ISS surface thanks to high-precision equipment. An experiment of taking samples from illuminators and the ISS...
In a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments, both on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system, researchers funded by the...
It may sound overly simple, but just five processes can define us as animals: eating, metabolism, reproduction, dispersal and death. They might not...
In an environment where others struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive in the thin air on the Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of 14,800 feet...
Amanda Marcotte has some interesting speculations on the fear of death and lays the blame on human ego. She points out that many people cannot quite...
Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a gene that regulates sleep and wake rhythms. The discovery of the role of...

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