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August 31, 2015

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 — In the world of computer gaming, bragging rights are accorded to those who can boast of blazing-fast graphics cards, the most powerful processors, the highest-resolution monitors, and the coolest ... 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

Skimming Uranium from the Sea

Aug. 31, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new, protein-based system that can mine certain types of uranium from sea water with exceedingly high affinity and ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — White-tailed eagles detect and avoid the ingestion of large metal particles (larger than 8 mm) but ignore smaller metal particles whilst feeding on shot mammalian carcasses. Lead-based bullets split ... read more

Discarded Electronics Mismanaged Within Europe Equals About 10 Times the Volume of E-Waste Exported

Aug. 30, 2015 — Mismanagement of discarded electronics within Europe involves a volume 10 times that of e-waste shipped to foreign shores in undocumented exports, according to a comprehensive two-year investigation ... read more

Aug. 29, 2015 — Pollution and weather influence outcomes after a heart attack, according to new ... 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 new solar fuel generation system, or artificial leaf, safely creates fuel from sunlight and water with record-setting efficiency and ... 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 — In all organisms, water's pH has a profound effect. Because the interaction of carbon dioxide and water explains the natural acidity of water and all accompanying reactions, it is considered a ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — With detection limits down to the zeptomolar range (about 600 molecules in a sample), a new technology can analyze the metabolic composition of individual microbial cells, as well as detect the ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — Turning carbon dioxide from certain power plants into a more valuable chemical would reduce emissions while creating a revenue return. Scientists have now derived a metal-free catalyst that does the ... 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

Oysters Harbor, Transmit Human Norovirus: Avoid Raw Ones

Aug. 28, 2015 — Oysters not only transmit human norovirus; they also serve as a major reservoir for these pathogens, according to ... read more

Medicinal Marijuana: Patients Battle Stigma and Misunderstanding

Aug. 28, 2015 — New research examines the experiences of California residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana and the stigma they experience from public opinion.  The findings indicate that the stigma of ... 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

Staying Safe in Sandy Beaches

Aug. 28, 2015 — Beach sand contains all kinds of microorganisms, including those that can harm human health. Yet current guidelines are focused exclusively on monitoring the levels of microbes in the water. Now, an ... read more

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