Sugar is more than just a pure source of energy. The body itself produces a whole battery of complex sugar chains which can influence mechanisms of the immune system, e.g. in reproductive biology.
Electricity companies tend to increase their baseline electricity tariffs if more consumers search for cheaper tariffs on the internet. The ones that are losing out are consumers who remain loyal.
Timber production, recreation, carbon storage - forests have a lot on their plate. A study now reveals that diverse and old forests generally fare best in terms of services they provide.
An infection with the MERS virus causes only a cold in camels, but can be fatal for humans. Researchers now analyze mutations to predict the risk of a pandemic.
In the past, practical applications of gene banks in breeding were limited. Now, researchers have characterised at the molecular level a collection of barley comprising more than 22.000 seed samples.
Due to a dirt-repellent, lubricating layer earthworms are always clean. Inspired by this, researchers developed a friction-reducing material that might be applicable in industry or biomedicine.
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