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September 3, 2015

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September 3, 2015

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

Ancient Hybridization Key to Domestic Dog's Origin, Wolf Conservation Efforts

Sep. 1, 2015 — The ancestry of man's best friend is more complicated than its furry coat and soulful eyes betray. Understanding the evolutionary history of the domesticated dog may help protect endangered ... read more

Climate Change Will Irreversibly Force Key Ocean Bacteria Into Overdrive

Sep. 1, 2015 — The levels of ocean acidification predicted for the year 2100 have been shown to cause an irreversible evolutionary change to a bacteria foundational to the ocean's food ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Restoring oyster reefs is not an easy task, but by digging deep and examining centuries-old reefs, marine restoration professionals may stand a better chance at bringing oysters back, suggests a new ... read more

Heat and Acid Could Squeeze Trout out of Southern Appalachian Streams

Sep. 1, 2015 — A newly published research study that combines effects of warming temperatures from climate change with stream acidity projects average losses of around 10 percent of stream habitat for coldwater ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — The careful examination of fossil fragments from Panama has led Smithsonian scientists and colleagues to the discovery of a new genus and species of river dolphin that has been long extinct. The team ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — You don't name a sea creature after an ancient Greek warship unless it's built like a predator. That's certainly true of Pentecopterus, a giant sea scorpion with the features of a ... read more

Endangered Animals Can Be Identified by Rate of Genetic Diversity Loss

Aug. 31, 2015 — A new study presents a novel approach for identifying vertebrate populations at risk of extinction by estimating the rate of genetic diversity loss, a measurement that could help researchers and ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Among birds, the line between species is often blurry. Some closely related species interbreed where their ranges overlap, producing hybrid offspring. In the coastal marshes of New England, this has ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Thousands of new species are identified every year, and new and efficient methods are needed to document this diversity and to make information about new species available to other scientists and to ... read more

Sterilize Tools Before Pruning Canary Island Date Palms to Prevent Lethal Fungal Disease

Aug. 31, 2015 — There is a pathogen that is not new to Florida, however, new reports suggest that it is infecting the wild date palm. The good news is that it can be prevented most of the time by sterilizing pruning ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Life on an island isn't always easy. To make the most of the little there is to eat on many Greek islands, the digestive system of Balkan green lizards has evolved considerably compared to ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — A new species of giant file clam from Atlantic Canadian waters has been described by Canadian scientists. The 'cryptic' clam, which lives in deepwater canyons, was first found off the coast ... read more

Ants to the Rescue: How Super-Organisms Could Become Super Pest Controllers

Aug. 31, 2015 — As global population rises and finite resources dwindle, farmers need new, more sustainable ways to control pests. Now, ecologists have found a safe, sustainable and cost-effective new pest control. ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — From 1952, DNA was sequenced, modified and extensively studied, but no technique was able to produce clear direct images of DNA. Now, researchers have developed a new technique to produce a direct ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — A closer look at how honey bee colonies determine which larvae will serve as workers and which will become queens reveals that a plant chemical, p-coumaric acid, plays a key role in the bees' ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — Viruses are able to redirect the functioning of cells in order to infect them. Inspired by their mode of action, scientists have designed a "chemical virus" that can cross the double lipid ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — A new study describes the bio-archaeological remains of the Philistine culture in Israel during the Iron Age (12th century to 7th century BCE). The results of this research indicate that the ca. 600 ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — Researchers have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — Scientists have predicted how biological circuits generate rhythms and control their robustness, utilizing mathematical modeling based on differential equations and stochastic parameter ... read more

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