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May 26, 2015

Anti-Pollution Rules Have Uncertain Effects

May 26, 2015 — Air pollution regulations issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are estimated to save thousands of lives annually. A new study, however, says these estimates are more uncertain than ... read more

How DNA Is Organized in Our Cells

May 26, 2015 — A critical role for two proteins in chromatin structure has been uncovered by researchers. Their breakthrough helps explain how DNA is organized in our cells. This discovery could lead to a better ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Like many pests, cane toads are killed in their thousands in Australia every year, especially by community-based 'toad-busting' groups. New research has now revealed the most humane way to ... read more

May 26, 2015 — For decades, researchers have been making artificial eggs out of plaster, wood, and other materials to test how birds identify and reject the eggs that invading 'brood parasites' sometimes ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Biologists have discovered that one of nature’s most important pollinators - the buff-tailed bumblebee – either ascends to the status of queen or remains a lowly worker bee based on which genes ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Scientists have developed an environment friendly version of building concrete called green-mix ... read more

EU Biofuels Regime Failing to Meet Its Objectives Under Current Regulatory Framework, Experts Say

May 26, 2015 — The European Union regulatory framework for biofuels has the potential to address its climate, energy and environmental objectives, but only if carefully tailored and effectively implemented. The ... read more

Mapping Singapore’s Urban Heat Island Phenomenon

May 26, 2015 — Researchers in Singapore are developing a microclimatic modelling tool to prevent further deterioration of the country’s urban heat island ... read more

Landscaping Instead of Monoculture

May 26, 2015 — Producing biogas from silage maize booms may seem like a good idea, but this green energy production also has its drawbacks: Maize monocultures block increasingly large areas for food production and ... read more

Fine-Tuned Molecular Orientation Is Key to More Efficient Polymer Solar Cells

May 25, 2015 — Polymer solar cells are a hot area of research due to both their strong future potential and the significant challenges they pose. It is believed that thanks to lower production costs, they could ... read more

May 25, 2015 — Diabetes is the fastest growing metabolic disease in the world. A new study has shown that traditional Aboriginal and Indian plant extracts could be used to manage the disease and may also have ... read more

Beyond Average: New Platforms Genetically Barcode Tens of Thousands of Cells at a Time

May 21, 2015 — Two separate research teams have developed high-throughput techniques to quickly, easily and inexpensively give every individual cell in a sample a unique genetic barcode. This allows scientists to ... read more

May 22, 2015 — Researchers have developed vaccines for H5N1 and H7N9, two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial ... read more

How Meteorological Partnership Between US, Cuba Was Created Over 20 Years

May 22, 2015 — The two-decade-long process to form an active meteorological partnership between the United States and Cuba has been described in a new article. While the U.S. and Cuba have shared meteorological ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Scientists have moved a step closer to identifying the nanostructure of cellulose -- the basic structural component of plant cell walls. The insights could pave the way for more disease resistant ... read more

May 22, 2015 — Mapping archaeological digs takes plenty of time and a lot of measuring, photographing, drawing and note taking. Now, most of this work can be done with a technique called photogrammetry. ... read more

May 21, 2015 — A huge wildebeest herd migrates across the open, parched plains. Dust swirls up from the many hooves pounding the ground, and forms a haze over the landscape. The setting sun gives the scene a golden ... read more

May 22, 2015 — A new study of some primitive birds from the Cretaceous shows how several separate lineages evolved adaptations for diving. Living at the same time as the dinosaurs, Hesperornithiform bird fossils ... read more

Breastfeeding Protects Against Environmental Pollution

May 22, 2015 — Living in a city with a high level of vehicle traffic or close to a steel works means living with two intense sources of environmental pollution. However, a study indicates that the harmful pollution ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Receptors carrying built-in decoys are the latest discovery in the evolutionary battle between plants and pathogens. The decoy domains within the receptor detect pathogens and raise the cell's ... read more

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