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September 2, 2015

Sep. 1, 2015 — Bumblebees infected with a common intestinal parasite are drawn to flowers whose nectar and pollen have a medicinal effect, a study shows. The findings suggest that plant chemistry could help combat ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — China's Loess Plateau was formed by wind alternately depositing dust or removing dust over the last 2.6 million years. The new study is the first to explain how the steep-fronted plateau formed: ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Studies using yeast genetics have provided new, fundamental insights into the cell-division cycle, researchers report. The findings show that an organelle known as the vacuole, which performs a ... read more

Could Tiny Jellyfish Propulsion Drive Design of New Underwater Craft?

Sep. 1, 2015 — Scientists have seen the future of under-sea exploration by studying the swimming prowess of tiny jellyfish gathered from Puget Sound off Washington's San Juan ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Scientists have solved a decades-old geological mystery into what caused the death of a Florida cave ... read more

How Does an Insecticide Treated Bed Net Actually Work?

Sep. 1, 2015 — Scientists developed infrared video tracking technology that follows individual mosquitoes in flight as they try to reach a human sleeper inside a bed ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Unlike most mammals, mature male orangutans exhibit different facial characteristics: some develop large 'cheek pads' on their faces; other males do not. A team of researchers studied the ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — The unique properties found in the stunning iridescent wings of a tropical blue butterfly could hold the key to developing new highly selective gas detection ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — The careful examination of fossil fragments from Panama has led Smithsonian scientists and colleagues to the discovery of a new genus and species of river dolphin that has been long extinct. The team ... read more

Large Parks Key to City Success, Research Shows

Sep. 1, 2015 — Cities should feature compact development alongside large, contiguous green spaces to maximize benefits of urban ecosystems to humans, research has ... read more

Big Data Battles Small Insect: Terabytes of Mosquito Pictures Help Enhance Mosquito Netting

Sep. 1, 2015 — Researchers are using imaging technologies, that are normally applied to automotive engines and sprays, to image thousands of mosquitoes to help develop better netting and physical protection against ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — You don't name a sea creature after an ancient Greek warship unless it's built like a predator. That's certainly true of Pentecopterus, a giant sea scorpion with the features of a ... read more

New Approach to Modeling Amazon Seasonal Cycles Developed

Aug. 31, 2015 — Engineers have developed a new approach, opposite to climate models, to correct inaccuracies using a high-resolution atmospheric model that more precisely resolves clouds and convection and ... read more

Human Body Has Gone Through Four Stages of Evolution

Aug. 31, 2015 — Research into 430,000-year-old fossils collected in northern Spain found that the evolution of the human body's size and shape has gone through four main ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Researchers from CSIRO and Imperial College London have assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world's seabirds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, and found the ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Ancient rocks harbored microbial life deep below the seafloor, reports scientists. This first-time evidence was contained in drilled rock samples of Earth's mantle -- thrust by tectonic forces ... read more

Sea Temperature Changes Linked to Mystery North Pacific Ecosystem Shifts

Aug. 31, 2015 — Researchers have long been puzzled by two rapid and widespread changes in the abundance and distribution of North Pacific plankton and fish species that impacted the region's economically ... read more

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

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