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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

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

Oct. 5, 2015 — Rats exposed to frequent physical, social, and predatory stress during adolescence solved problems and foraged more efficiently under high-threat conditions in adulthood compared with rats that ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The efficiency of solar cells depends on precise engineering of polymers that assemble into films 1,000 times thinner than a human hair. Today, formation of that polymer assembly requires solvents ... 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

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 — 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 — "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

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

Oct. 2, 2015 — Research into a vast bone bed in western Montana has yielded the most complete life history of any dinosaur ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Scientists have compared the diets of two caterpillar species, expecting the one that exclusively consumed plants containing toxic chemicals would more easily incorporate toxins into its body than ... read more

Pathogen-Carrying Neotropical Ticks Ride Migratory Birds Into US

Oct. 2, 2015 — Tick species not normally present in the United States are arriving here on migratory birds. Some of these ticks carry disease-causing Ricksettia species, and some of those species are exotic to the ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Scientists working off west Africa in the Cape Verde Islands have found evidence that the sudden collapse of a volcano there tens of thousands of years ago generated an ocean tsunami that dwarfed ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — As the largest animals to have ever lived on Earth, blue whales maintain their enormous body size through efficient foraging strategies that optimize the energy they gain from the krill they eat, ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Scientists have gained new insight into the formation of the spindle, which is the molecular machine that divides up genetic material prior to cell division. Their work focuses on the motor protein, ... read more

Researchers Design 'Biological Flashlight' Using Light-Producing Ability of Shrimp

Oct. 2, 2015 — Researchers describe the design and engineering of the new bioluminescent imaging tool called the “LumiFluor” in a new report. Using the natural light-producing ability of deep-sea shrimp, the ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Imitation behaviors play a key role in many collective phenomena seen in animals. An analysis of the collective movements of grazing sheep has revealed that sheep alternate slow dispersion phases ... read more

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