Basophils Are Bad Actors In COPD

Immune cells called basophils help drive the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to research by Japanese scientists.

How Amami Rats Stay Male Without Y Chromosomes

Scientists in Japan and the US have investigated how sex determination takes place in male Amami mice in the absence of a Y chromosome.

Crossbreeding Threatens Milky Stork Conservation

Milky storks are breeding with their genetically related cousins, the painted storks, leading to hybridization and potential loss of this endangered species of bird.

Ancient Pandas Did Not Live On Bamboo Alone

Scientists in China have found that ancient pandas may have been carnivores or omnivores before eventually developing a specialized diet of bamboo.

Socially Isolated Mice Have Difficulty Forming Relationships

Researchers in Japan have found that social proximity in mice is not only influenced by individual behavioral traits, but also those of surrounding individuals.

Sniffing Out How Plants Detect And React To Odor

A research group in Japan has found that odors trigger changes in the gene expression of plants, with implications on agriculture and horticulture.

Urbanization Might Be Good For Tiger Population, Study Finds

Scientists at the Wildlife Conservation Society found that areas of high urbanization and education are linked to smaller overlaps between human and tiger territories.

Got Milk? These Spiders Do

Scientists have discovered a species of jumping spider that is capable of producing milk for its offspring, a trait previously thought to be unique to mammals.

What Makes Whale Baleen So Tough?

By studying the structure of the filter-feeding apparatus of whales, researchers hope to design better materials for the maritime industry.