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September 4, 2015

Sep. 4, 2015 — Researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules. The technology uses ... read more

Scientists Unlock Secrets of a Heat-Loving Microbe

Sep. 4, 2015 — Scientists studying how a heat-loving microbe transfers its DNA from one generation to the next say it could further our understanding of an extraordinary superbug. Sulfolobus is part of the Archaea ... read more

Fourth Wheat Gene Is Key to Flowering, Climate Adaptation

Sep. 4, 2015 — A fourth wheat gene governing vernalization -- the biological process requiring cold temperatures to trigger flower formation -- has been identified, giving plant breeders one more tool for ... read more

Sep. 4, 2015 — Nearly 90 percent of visitors to a major national park highly valued the night sky and wanted the National Park Service to take steps to reduce light pollution. The study also established a threshold ... read more

Huddling Rats Behave as a 'Super-Organism'

Sep. 3, 2015 — Rodents huddle together when it is cold, they separate when it is warm, and at moderate temperatures they cycle between the warm center and the cold edges of the ... read more

Making the Easiest Judgments First, When Viewing New Environments

Sep. 3, 2015 — Evidence from a new study suggests that when we analyze scenery we simply make the easiest judgments first, rather than following a priority order of ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Researchers have successfully established a causal relationship between exposure to so-called farm dust and protection against asthma and allergies. This breakthrough discovery is a major step ... read more

Drug-Resistant Bacteria in the Gut Overcome With Fecal Transplant

Sep. 3, 2015 — The gut is an important reservoir for drug-resistant bacteria responsible for life-threatening hospital-acquired infections. A study in mice reports that two of the most common antibiotic-resistant ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Ecologists have discovered a pattern that is consistent across a range of ecosystems. They found that, in a very systematic way, in crowded settings, prey reproduced less than they do in settings ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Biologists have taken an important step in making it possible to clean millions of hectares of land contaminated by explosives. Biologists have unraveled the mechanism of TNT toxicity in plants ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Orchids, a fantastically complicated and diverse group of flowering plants, have long blended the exotic with the beautiful. Previously, botanists have proposed more than a half dozen explanations ... read more

California Rising?

Sep. 3, 2015 — Spatially corrected sea-level records for the Pacific coast indicate that uplift rates are overestimated by 40 percent, scientists report. Uplift is the vertical elevation of Earth's surface in ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Today's ice sheets may be more resilient to increased carbon dioxide levels than previously thought, a new study suggests. This work explored these very old conditions and found that sea level ... read more

One Step Closer to Cheaper Antivenom

Sep. 3, 2015 — Researchers involved in an international collaboration across six institutions have successfully identified the exact composition of sea snake venom, which makes the future development of synthetic ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Evidence from the tropical lowlands of Central America reveals how Maya activity more than 2,000 years ago not only contributed to the decline of their environment but continues to influence ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — When researchers set about to explain unusual peaks in what should have been featureless optical data, they thought there was a problem in their calculations. In fact, what they were seeing was real. ... read more

Could More Intensive Farming Practices Benefit Tropical Birds?

Sep. 3, 2015 — Does it help when farms share the land with birds and other animals? The short answer is 'no,' based on the diversity of bird species. If the goal is to preserve more bird species, ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Biologists have created a stunning gallery of images of some of the moths uncovered by the Bolivian scientific expedition, Identidad ... read more

How to Curb Emissions: Put a Price on Carbon

Sep. 3, 2015 — Literally putting a price on carbon pollution and other greenhouse gasses is the best approach for nurturing the rapid growth of renewable energy and reducing emissions. While prospects for a ... read more

Study Shows How Investments Reflected Shift in Environmental Views

Sep. 3, 2015 — A new study is the first to use financial investors' actions, rather than self-reported opinions, to investigate the trans-Atlantic difference in public opinion on climate change and the ... read more

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