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November 24, 2015

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November 24, 2015

Beavers Restore Dead Wood in Boreal Forests

Nov. 23, 2015 — Beavers create significant amounts of dead wood into the lowland shore forests of boreal wetlands, research shows. Particularly snags and deciduous dead wood are formed through the beavers' ... read more

Oily Waste With Natural Radionuclides: Stimulates or Inhibits Soil Bacterial Community?

Nov. 23, 2015 — Researchers have revealed both structural and functional changes of the microbial community resistant to and able to decompose oily wastes in soil. The experiment was dedicated to measuring carbon ... read more

Nov. 21, 2015 — A new study shows that larger eye size is the source of a sizable reproductive advantage for a tiny freshwater crustacean, Daphnia obtusa. The research provides hard data for eye microevolution that, ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Scientists have launched an expedition to a remote volcano in the Galapagos Islands to search out rare giant tortoises, some of which were found to carry the genes of two species thought, until ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Deleting the genes for sugar-adding enzymes from the flowering mustard plant Arabidopsis and the moss Physcomitrella resulted in similar defects in both species, which are widely separated in ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Scientists report that more than half the tree species in the Amazonian rainforest may be globally threatened. However, the study also suggests that Amazonian parks, reserves, and indigenous ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Researchers have created analog and digital electronics circuits inside living plants. The scientists have used the vascular system of living roses to build key components of electronic ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — The cuckoo is not only capable of finding its way from unknown locations; it does this through a highly complex individual decision making process. Such skills have never before been documented in ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Taking a cue from nature, scientists have deciphered how the biomineral making up the body armor of a chiton mollusk has evolved to create functional eyes embedded in the animal's protective ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Magic tricks work because they take advantage of the brain's sensory assumptions, tricking audiences into seeing phantoms or overlooking sleights of hand. Now a team of researchers has ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — The complete genetic makeup of a species of ecologically important algae, which may aid in biofuel production, has been sequenced by scientists. This is only the second time that researchers have ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Humans have the best of all possible visual worlds because our full stereo vision combines with primitive visual pathways to quickly spot danger, a study has ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — In a recently published paper, Indiana University biologists have calculated the lifetime energy requirements of multiple types of cells, as well as the energy required to replicate and express the ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Beneficial bacteria inside the Asian citrus psyllid, which spreads the pathogen believed to cause citrus greening disease, may be playing a role in Florida's devastating outbreak, report ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — A new method to produce sweeter, well-growing tomatoes has been developed by researchers. The scientists used a bioinformatics search tool to find nucleotide sequences in the tomato genome similar to ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Scientists are opening the gates of nature’s secret medicine factories, with the aim of giving us new weapons against cancers and resistant bacteria. They are developing technology that will make ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Brute strength is surprisingly important to the ability of hummingbirds to outmaneuver rivals for nectar and evade predators, according to new research. An intensive study of 20 Anna's ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Scientists have long speculated about the nature of the dark proteome, the area of proteins that are completely unknown, but a recent study has mapped the boundaries of these dark regions, bringing ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — A new form of secret light communication used by marine animals has been discovered by scientists. The findings may have applications in satellite remote sensing, biomedical imaging, cancer ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Neuroscientists, food scientists and internationally-renowned chefs convened at the University of Kentucky recently to explore ways to help patients with neurologically-related taste impairments ... read more

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