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21 April 2017

Skin slime of Indian frog can kill flu virus [Mongabay]

Molecules in the slimy skin secrestions of the wide-spread Fungoid Frog can destroy some strains of the influenza viruses, according to a new study.

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21 April 2017

Genetic evidence suggests that early mammals had good night-time vision, suggests they were nocturnal [Phys]

Our earliest mammalian ancestors likely skulked through the dark, using their powerful night-time vision to find food and avoid reptilian predators that hunted by day. This conclusion, published by Stanford researchers April 21 in Scientific Reports, used genetic data to support existing fossil evidence suggesting that our distant relatives may have adapted to life in the dark.

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20 April 2017

Fungi have enormous potential for new antibiotics [Phys]

Fungi are a potential goldmine for the production of pharmaceuticals. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, who have developed a method for finding new antibiotics from nature’s own resources. The findings—which could prove very useful in the battle against antibiotic resistance—were recently published in the journal Nature Microbiology.

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20 April 2017

Drunken crayfish show that loneliness raises alcohol tolerance [New Scientist]

For crayfish at least, a more sociable life makes booze work quicker. When crayfish were put in water containing a little alcohol, the ones who had been kept on their own over the preceding week took longer to show signs of alcohol exposure – such as tail flips – than those who had been living with others of their kind.

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20 April 2017

Dans l’Arctique aussi, les déchets plastiques s’accumulent [Le Monde - Planète]

Jusqu’à 1 200 tonnes de fragments provenant d’Europe de l’Ouest et des Etats-Unis contaminent la surface de l’océan.

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