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Bellowing Alligator Study Wins Ig Nobel Acoustic Prize

An international team won the acoustic category at the 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize for inducing a Chinese alligator to bellow in a helium-filled chamber.

Ancient Shellfish Sailed The Seas On The Shells Of Turtles

Colonizing the shells of live sea turtles might have allowed mollusks to encounter previously unexplored niches, scientists say.

Akira Kouchi & Naohiro Yoshida Win 2020 Miyake Prize

Two Japanese researchers have been awarded the 2020 Miyake Prize, which honors outstanding contributions in the field of materials science or earth and planetary science.

Bacteria Clumps Could Survive 8 Years In Outer Space

The Tanpopo space mission has revealed that bacteria could survive travel between Earth and Mars in the form of aggregates.

Human iPSCs Spur Malaria Research

Human liver cells derived from induced pluripotent stem cells have helped scientists studied an elusive stage of the Plasmodium vivax parasite’s life cycle.

Scaling Up Spider Silk Production

Researchers in Japan have produced artificial spider silk using photosynthetic bacteria, opening the possibility of mass produced spider silk.

A Closer Look Into Viral Dark Matter

Taking a metagenomics approach, researchers in Japan have identified phage-derived enzymes that could potentially treat an imbalance of gut bacteria.

Adult-Born Neurons Key To Memory Consolidation In Mice

Adult neurogenesis is essential for sleep-induced memory consolidation in mice, a new study shows.

Tracking COVID-19 Through Wastewater

Researchers have suggested tracking the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

Tadamitsu Kishimoto Wins 2020 Tang Prize

Tadamitsu Kishimoto of Osaka University is one of three recipients of the 2020 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Sciences.