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September 4, 2015

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September 4, 2015

Beyond Species Counts: Using Evolutionary History to Inform Conservation

Sep. 3, 2015 — With limited funding available, a common strategy for conservation planners is to identify areas of high species richness and endemicity, but this approach ignores evolutionary history and so may ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — In the first study of its kind, new research shows that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities that benefit ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — A sophisticated imaging technique has allowed scientists to virtually peer inside a 10-million-year-old sea urchin, uncovering a treasure trove of hidden ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — 3D imaging of a mummified kestrel that died due to forced overeating provides evidence that the ancient Egyptians bred birds of prey as offerings for the gods, according to a new study. The digital ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — To meet the requirements of Asian cities, researchers are adapting an idea they have already applied in Germany for comprehensive water management: developing a concept for reducing water use, ... read more

Study Uncovers How Seeds Are Kept in Dormancy Until the Appearance of Favorable Conditions for Germination

Sep. 3, 2015 — Seed germination is a crucial step in the life cycle of a plant. This is why the small embryo is maintained in a state of dormancy until the appearance of optimal environmental conditions. The ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Researchers have for the first time has described in detail how termite mounds are ventilated. The study reveals that the structures act akin to a lung, inhaling and exhaling once a day as they are ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Functional morphologists and polymer scientists show that geckos have a spring-like mechanism in their bodies to enhance adhesion as they become larger. A few years ago the same authors invented the ... read more

Animal Without Synapses Feeds by External Digestion Using Global, Local Cellular Control

Sep. 2, 2015 — A multicellular marine animal without organs, Trichoplax's feeding behavior may include cellular coordination, resulting in external food ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Cornfields with a more diverse insect population have fewer problems with pests, according to a study. The two-year project is the first to use social network analysis to study insect communities in ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — A new study is showing that rapid evolution can occur in response to environmental ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — The Earth's first mass extinction event 540 million years ago was caused not by a meteorite impact or volcanic super-eruption but by the rise of early animals that dramatically changed the ... read more

Making Fuel from Light

Sep. 2, 2015 — Photosynthesis has given life to the planet. While scientists have been studying and mimicking the natural phenomenon in the laboratory for years, understanding how to replicate the chemical process ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — A researcher has helped identify the last major vernalization gene in wheat. Vernalization genes define when the plant begins to flower and is critical for adaptation to different environments. The ... read more

Blueberry Extract Could Help Fight Gum Disease and Reduce Antibiotic Use

Sep. 2, 2015 — Scientists have discovered that wild blueberry extract could help prevent dental plaque ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Crystal structures on the sea sapphire's back appear differently depending on the angle of reflection, scientists report, solving an unanswered question about this ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — The reproduction rates of the bacteria in one's gut may be a good indicator of health or disease, scientists say. In their examination of human microbiome data, the research group found that ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Their pregnancies are carried by the males but, when it comes to breeding, seahorses have more in common with humans than previously thought, new research ... read more

The More the Merrier for Animals That Synchronize Their Behavior

Sep. 1, 2015 — Social interaction could be the mechanism that allows animals living in groups to synchronize their activities, whether it's huddling for warmth or offering protection from ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Bumblebees infected with a common intestinal parasite are drawn to flowers whose nectar and pollen have a medicinal effect, a study shows. The findings suggest that plant chemistry could help combat ... read more

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