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July 28, 2016

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July 28, 2016

Scientists Call for Increased Federal Investment in Sustainable Agriculture

July 28, 2016 — Based on a new analysis of federal funding from the US Department of Agriculture, researchers say there is an urgent need for increased investment in research and development aimed at making ... read more

Zika, Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Pose Threat to Travelers

July 28, 2016 — Mosquitoes in the Aedes family can transmit not only the Zika virus, but also dengue and chikungunya. Travelers visiting regions affected by these diseases should take steps to protect themselves, ... read more

Forests, Species on Four Continents Threatened by Palm Oil Expansion

July 27, 2016 — As palm oil production expands from Southeast Asia into the Americas and Africa, vulnerable tropical forests and species on four continents face increased risk of loss, a new study finds. The largest ... read more

Videos Reveal Birds, Bats and Bugs Near Ivanpah Solar Project Power Towers

July 27, 2016 — Video surveillance is the most effective method for detecting animals flying around solar power towers, according to a new ... read more

Cod and Climate

July 27, 2016 — In recent decades, the plight of Atlantic cod off the coast of New England has been front-page news. Since the 1980s in particular, the once-seemingly inexhaustible stocks of Gadus morhua -- one of ... read more

July 27, 2016 — A decision by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from protection under the US Endangered Species Act may be made as early as this fall. Research presents strong evidence that ... read more

July 27, 2016 — The dragons from 'Game of Thrones' have come to life in insect form. New ant species that appear dragon-like due to their large and distinctive spines were recently found in the tropical ... read more

July 27, 2016 — Food availability and disease in created habitats may affect the reproductive output of reintroduced frogs, according to a new ... read more

Morphology Suggests an Endangered Goby in Southern California Is a New Species

July 27, 2016 — An endangered fish along the coast of California -- the tidewater goby -- may actually be two species rather than one, according a new ... read more

Ketone Drink Gives Competitive Cyclists a Boost by Altering Their Metabolism

July 27, 2016 — A drink developed for soldiers to generate energy from ketones allowed highly trained cyclists to add up to 400 meters of distance to their workouts, a new study reports. The supplement, which will ... read more

Bizarre Bacteria Causing Major Cattle Disease Named by Researchers

July 27, 2016 — After more than 50 years of research, the tick-borne bacterium responsible for one of the most troubling and economically devastating cattle diseases in the Western United States has been named and ... read more

Mix Up Plant Species to Keep Soil Healthy

July 27, 2016 — Across the globe, soils are under threat. Due changing land use to feed a growing population, climate change, and contamination of land with toxic chemicals, this precious resource is deteriorating, ... read more

July 27, 2016 — A DNA analysis of living and extinct species of mysterious New Zealand wrens may change theories around the country's geological and evolutionary ... read more

How Do Pesticides Protect Crops?

July 27, 2016 — New research could lead to the fine-tuning of pesticide formulations to further increase crop yield. The findings also show a way to develop advanced performance formulations which will interact ... read more

July 27, 2016 — Drugs for livestock can harm beneficial organisms that break down dung. Therefore newly developed medical substances need to be tested on single species in the lab. An international research group ... read more

July 26, 2016 — Ocean acidification could have a dramatic impact on the reproductive behaviour of fish, a new international study ... read more

Real-Time Imaging of Fish Gut Ties Bacterial Competition to Gut Movements

July 26, 2016 — In recent years, numerous diseases have been tied to variations in gut microbiota. The probiotics industry targets gut and intestinal health by developing products built mostly around enzyme cultures ... read more

July 26, 2016 — A new statistical model has been created that accurately predicts tree growth from when they are first planted until they reach crown ... read more

Genome-Editing 'Toolbox' Targets Multiple Genes at Once

July 26, 2016 — Scientists have designed a system to modify, or edit, multiple genes in the genome simultaneously, while also minimizing unintended effects. The gene-editing 'toolbox' provides a ... read more

Fermenting Carbon Monoxide Into Biofuel

July 26, 2016 — Biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide -- a common industrial waste ... read more

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