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February 28, 2017

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February 28, 2017

Feb. 27, 2017 — Humans have dramatically increased the spatial and seasonal extent of wildfires across the US in recent decades and ignited more than 840,000 blazes in the spring, fall and winter seasons over a ... read more

How Protein Misfolding May Kickstart Chemical Evolution

Feb. 27, 2017 — Researchers have demonstrated a connection between abnormal protein folding and the potential to kickstart chemical ... read more

Common Bacterium May Help Control Disease-Bearing Mosquitoes

Feb. 27, 2017 — Genes from a common bacterium can be harnessed to sterilize male insects, a tool that can potentially control populations of both disease-bearing mosquitoes and agricultural pests, researchers ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — Researchers have designed a machine that can rapidly produce large quantities of customized peptides. This technology could help researchers rapidly generate new peptide drugs to test on diseases ... read more

It May Not Have Been Too Late to Save 'Extinct' Pigeon

Feb. 27, 2017 — The Passenger Pigeon, a species of pigeon that died out in the early years of the 20th century, could have been saved even after it was considered doomed to extinction. As a result of this research, ... read more

Planned Protection Area Would Help Basking Sharks

Feb. 27, 2017 — A proposed Marine Protected Area off Scotland's west coast would help basking sharks, researchers say. Scientists satellite tracked 36 basking sharks in summer months of 2012-2014 and found 86% ... read more

Archeologists at the Vanguard of Environmental Research

Feb. 26, 2017 — The history of people and landscapes, whether natural or cultural, is fundamentally connected. Answering key historical questions about this relation will allow us to approach our most important ... read more

Dietary Prebiotics Improve Sleep, Buffer Impacts of Stress, Says Study

Feb. 25, 2017 — New research suggests that lesser-known gut-health promoters called prebiotics -- which serve as food for good bacteria inside the gut -- can also have an impact, improving sleep and buffering the ... read more

Watching Birds Near Your Home Is Good for Your Mental Health

Feb. 25, 2017 — People living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to new ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Scientists have generated a new plasmid-based reverse genetics system for ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Great Hammerhead sharks have been tagged and tracked across the USA and Bahamas in a bid to shed light on their migration habits. Researchers suggest that these sharks are more at risk than ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Small 'bubbles' frequently form on membranes of cells and are taken up into their interior. The process involves EHD proteins. Scientists have now shed light on how these proteins assemble ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Biologists expand on more than 150 years of textbook wisdom with a new explanation for wasp ... read more

Study Catalogs the Complex Flavors of American-Made Goat Cheese

Feb. 24, 2017 — Researchers generated a flavor lexicon that lists the 39 flavor attributes in cheeses made with goat milk. Flavor lexicons are important tools for cheesemakers because they help with development, ... read more

First Direct Measurements of Pacific Seabed Sediments Reveal Strong Methane Source

Feb. 24, 2017 — A major source of an important greenhouse gas has been discovered in the Tropical Pacific Ocean for the first ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Research outlines how the genetic pathways that govern growth and stress response in plants sometimes clash. The research could lead to better performing crop ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Anisoplin, a new protein produced by a pathogenic fungus of insects and mites that provides new possibilities for the design of biotechnological tools to control pests, researchers have ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — The mystery that is the origin of flowering plants has been partially solved thanks to a team of scientists. Their discovery sheds light on a question that much intrigued Darwin: the appearance of a ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Expert ecologists have devised a scientific model which could help predict the spread of the deadly Xylella fastidiosa which is threatening to destroy Europe's olive trees. The scientists have ... read more

New Algorithm Identifies Gene Transfers Between Different Bacterial Species

Feb. 24, 2017 — In a recent study combining machine learning and bioinformatics, a new computational method was developed for modelling gene transfers between different lineages of a bacterial population or even ... read more

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