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Nov. 30, 2015 — In hopes of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can ... read more

Very Large Volcanic Eruptions Could Lead to Ice Sheet Instability

Nov. 30, 2015 — Massive volcanic eruptions could cause localized warming that might destabilize some of the world's biggest ice sheets, according to new ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A camera so advanced that it can photograph and film methane in the air around us is now presented by a team of researchers. It can be an important part of the efforts to measure and monitor ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A new report warns of the potential for major negative impacts on fish and fish habitat caused by large hydroelectric dams, like that currently under evaluation through the Next Generation Hydro ... read more

Promising New Antimicrobials Could Fight Drug-Resistant MRSA Infection

Nov. 30, 2015 — A novel class of antimicrobials that inhibits the function of a key disease-causing component of bacteria could be effective in fighting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Biologists have documented groups of bonobos performing complex actions to extract food -- a characteristic that has hitherto been regarded as an exclusive evolutionary advantage of archaic ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Using an old 19th century apartment block in Oslo as a case study, researchers are looking for conservation measures for heritage buildings. How can we make them watertight, insulated and protected ... read more

Not All Canadians Feeling the Heat of Climate Change

Nov. 30, 2015 — While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Paris hammering out the details of the global fight against climate change, a new study shows that Canadian attitudes are somewhat ambivalent. The ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — The active ingredient in aspirin blocks an enzyme that triggers cell death in several neurodegenerative diseases. More potent forms of salicylic aspirin exist, which may provide treatments for these ... read more

New Membrane May Solve Fresh Water Shortages

Nov. 30, 2015 — Researchers have developed a technology that improves the removal of salt from seawater, a breakthrough that may alleviate the increasing demand for fresh water in some ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — By studying rocks at different elevations beside the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, scientists have concluded that a period of rapid glacier thinning occurred in the recent geological past, and persisted ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — CRISPR gene-editing is allowing rapid scientific advances in many fields, including human health and now it has been shown that crop research can also benefit from this latest exciting ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Fruit flies studies on mating compatibility have been examined to assess the usefulness of walk-in field cages in sexual behavior research within fruit fly species complexes and recognition of ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Fresh analysis of a reptile fossil is helping scientists solve an evolutionary puzzle -- how snakes lost their limbs. The findings show snakes did not lose their limbs in order to live in the sea, as ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Lush greenery rich in Douglas fir and hemlock trees covers the Triangle Lake valley of the Oregon Coast Range. Today, however, geologists are more focused on sediment samples dating back 50,000 years ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Computer simulations have allowed scientists to work out how a puzzling 555-million-year-old organism with no known modern relatives fed, revealing that some of the first large, complex organisms on ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — When birds and humans sing it sounds completely different, but now new research shows that the very same physical mechanisms are at play when a bird sings and a human ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — It is possible to improve the nutraceutical quality of the lettuce by modifying its growing conditions, but not at the expense of productivity. Researchers applied various stress conditions to the ... read more

Extreme Heatwaves May Hit Europe in the Short Term

Nov. 27, 2015 — Regional climate projections for the two coming decades (2021-2040) suggest enhanced probability of heatwaves anywhere in Europe, which would be comparable or greater than the Russian heatwave in ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — When the biodiversity of an ecosystem is reduced by invasive species, competition for food plays a more important role than has previously been supposed. This was the conclusion of research conducted ... read more

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