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October 6, 2015

Cell Growth: Protein Reactions Identified With Subatomic Resolution

Oct. 6, 2015 — Using subatomic resolution, researchers have gained insights into the dynamic modus operandi of two switch proteins which are responsible for the import of compounds into the nucleus and for cell ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Regrowth of trees explains why grasslands in western Africa known as the Sahel have recovered after devastating droughts in the 1970s and 1980s, according to research. Previous studies have suggested ... read more

Using, Sharing, New Technologies Is Key for Conservation

Oct. 5, 2015 — Scientists estimate that we are losing species at 1,000 times the natural background rate. New technologies are improving conservation efforts by making it easier, faster, and cheaper to monitor ... read more

New Metabolomic Platform Reveals Fundamental Flaw in Common Lab Technology

Oct. 5, 2015 — A technology used in thousands of laboratories, called gas chromatography mass spectrometry, fundamentally alters the samples it analyzes, new research ... read more

Packaged Food Purchases at Non-Grocery Stores Are Up but Nutritional Quality Is Down

Oct. 5, 2015 — Consumers are increasingly buying food from mass merchandisers, warehouse clubs, and convenience stores, but are selecting foods with poor nutritional profiles, according to new ... read more

Cryptic Invasions by Ecological Engineers Conceal Profound Changes in Nature

Oct. 5, 2015 — A new study reveals that the salt marsh plant Spartina alterniflora, which grows on more than 9,000 km of the Atlantic coastline of South America, is not native to the area and was in fact introduced ... read more

Simpler Way to Estimate Feedback Between Permafrost Carbon, Climate

Oct. 5, 2015 — A simple model of permafrost carbon based on direct observations has been developed by a team of scientists. Their approach could help climate scientists evaluate how well permafrost dynamics are ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Perovskite solar cells are cheaper to make than traditional silicon cells and their electricity conversion efficiency is improving rapidly. To be commercially viable, perovskite cells need to scale ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — How do we know that the melanosomes found in the fossils are actually melanosomes and not something else, like leftover impressions from the microbes (some of which also make melanin) that coated the ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — In 1986, after a fire and explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant released radioactive particles into the air, thousands of people left the area, never to return. Now, researchers have found ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive, global assessment of the species group. This places cacti among the most threatened ... read more

The Warmer the Higher: Sea-Level Rise from Filchner-Ronne Ice in Antarctica

Oct. 5, 2015 — The more ice is melted of the Antarctic Filchner-Ronne shelf, the more ice flows into the ocean, and the more the region contributes to global sea-level rise. Unlike some some other parts of ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The most common lab animals, rats and mice, can't tell scientists much about speech disorders. However, a new study shows how songbirds, specifically zebra finches, may be able to aid research ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has decided to award the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi ?mura for their discoveries ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Three new species of trombiculid mites, also known as 'chiggers,' have been discovered in Taiwan, according to a new paper. Chiggers are tiny mites that feed on skin in the larval stage. ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — "An astounding knowledge gap" is how one historian refers to the missing knowledge regarding the Mediterranean region in the years 1933 to 1945. German reports about that region hardly ever ... read more

Green Walls: Red Card for Office Worker Health?

Oct. 5, 2015 — Living ‘green’ walls may have adverse health effects on office workers living in hot, polluted climates, new research suggests. Investigating levels of air pollutants in modern office buildings, ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The targets for lower emissions of carbon dioxide from Europe's basic industries are out of reach, without urgent introduction of innovative carbon dioxide mitigation technologies, say ... read more

Wild Plants Call to Carnivores to Get Rid of Pests; Could Crops Do the Same?

Oct. 5, 2015 — Rose gardeners have a lot to say about aphids. Some may advise insecticides as a way to manage an infestation, but others will swear by live ladybugs. The latter is more environmental friendly, and ... read more

Trade in Invasive Plants Is Blossoming

Oct. 3, 2015 — Every day, hundreds of different plant species -- many of them listed as invasive -- are traded online worldwide on auction platforms. This exacerbates the problem of uncontrollable biological ... read more

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