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August 30, 2016

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August 30, 2016

A 'Smart Dress' for Oil-Degrading Bacteria

July 22, 2016 — The modified polyelectrolyte-magnetite nanocoating was applied to functionalize the cell walls of oil decomposing bacteria Alcanivorax ... read more

Life at the Extremes

July 13, 2016 — In a new study, researchers from Italy examine the genes and proteins behind this organism's remarkable ability to cope with its extreme environment, which is not only unthinkably cold, but also ... read more

July 12, 2016 — Algae that live in and under the sea ice play a much greater role for the Arctic food web than previously assumed. In a new study, biologists show that not only animals that live directly under the ... read more

July 1, 2016 — Normally harmless bacteria can cause bleaching disease in seaweeds when the "trees of the ocean" become stressed by high water temperatures, researchers have discovered. Understanding these ... read more

June 30, 2016 — Researchers have described a new genus and species of cavefish from Mexico -- the Oaxaca Cave ... read more

Mountaineering Ants Use Body Heat to Warm Nests

June 29, 2016 — Underground army ants can keep their nests -- called bivouacs -- warm with their body heat; this social warming may enable fragile offspring to survive in chilly mountain forests, according to ... read more

June 28, 2016 — Researchers used a recently refined technique to identify both individual active cells, and single clusters of active bacteria and archaea within microbial communities. Scientists are interested in ... read more

Cross-Respiration Between Oral Bacteria Leads to Worse Infections

June 28, 2016 — Researchers determined that two bacterial species commonly found in the human mouth and in abscesses, cooperate to make the pathogenic bacterium, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, more ... read more

June 28, 2016 — This cave planthopper species new to science is only the second dwelling exclusively in the subterranean depths of Brazil from its family. Surviving without seeing the light of the day at any point ... read more

June 27, 2016 — Scientists have analyzed the genomes of plants that grow in harsh, serpentine soils to find out how they survive . It appears that they have used two strategies: adapting to their environment through ... read more

June 23, 2016 — Good bacteria could be the key to keeping coral healthy, able to withstand the impacts of global warming and to secure the long term survival of reefs worldwide, say ... read more

June 23, 2016 — Is it possible to "reprogram" an organism that is found higher in the food chain, which consumes sugar and releases carbon dioxide, so that it will consume carbon dioxide from the ... read more

June 23, 2016 — Changes in gene expression were found when coral and algae begin to ... read more

June 22, 2016 — Though mammals adapted on land, a new study has shown that during three major independent evolutionary events, a number of mammals hearkened back to the ... read more

Heat Sickens Corals in Global Bleaching Event

June 20, 2016 — Australian scientists report that many surviving corals affected by mass bleaching from high sea temperatures on the northern Great Barrier Reef are the sickest they have ever ... read more

June 17, 2016 — Torrefied biomass can improve the quality of poor soil found in arid regions, new research shows. The study indicates that adding torrefied biomass to poor soil from Botswana increased water ... read more

Virus Uses 'Stolen' CRISPR to Hack Its Host's Immune System

June 14, 2016 — Microbiologists have discovered that the Cyanophage N1 virus carries a DNA sequence -- a CRISPR -- that is generally used by bacteria to fight off viral infection. The virus appears to use the stolen ... read more

Metal Exposure: Factor in Bat Population Decline

June 9, 2016 — Scientists have led the first full-scale national assessment of metal contamination in bats, showing that many bats in the UK contain levels of metals high enough to cause toxic ... read more

Roads 'a Serious Threat' to Rare Bats

June 6, 2016 — Roads present a serious threat to bat populations, indicating that protection policies are failing, say scientists. Interestingly, the study found that male bats were considerably more likely to be ... read more

June 4, 2016 — Phosphorus is a crucial nutrient regularly applied to crops such as corn and soybeans to help them grow efficiently. However, excess phosphorus can be carried by rainwater runoff into lakes and ... read more

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