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December 11, 2019

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New research finds that killer whale grandmothers who were no longer able to reproduce had the biggest beneficial impact on the survival chances of their grand-offspring. ... read more
Some stress at a young age could actually lead to a longer life, new research in ... read more
How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball ... read more
Ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early climate warm, and in ... read more
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What Blocks Bird Flu in Human Cells?

Normally, bird flu viruses do not spread easily from person to person. But if this does happen, it could trigger a pandemic. Researchers have now explained what makes the leap from animals to humans ... read more

Technologies and Scientific Advances Needed to Track Methane Levels in Atmosphere

Understanding what influences the amount of methane in the atmosphere has been identified to be one of the foremost challenges in the earth sciences in the coming decades because of methane's ... read more

Chiton Mollusk Provides Model for New Armor Design

The way the scale armor works is that when in contact with a force, the scales converge inward upon one another to form a solid barrier. When not under force, they can 'move' on top of one ... read more

Have Your Health and Eat Meat Too

Barbecued, stir-fried or roasted, there's no doubt that Aussies love their meat. Consuming on average nearly 100 kilograms of meat per person per year, Australians are among the top meat ... read more

Ramping Up Carbon Capture Could Be Key to Mitigating Climate Change

As the world gathers in Madrid to discuss how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change, a newly released study makes the case that trapping emissions underground could go a long way ... read more

New Function for Plant Enzyme Could Lead to Green Chemistry

Scientists have discovered a new function in a plant enzyme that could inspire the design of new chemical catalysts. The enzyme catalyzes, or initiates, one of the cornerstone chemical reactions ... read more

New England Fishermen Losing Jobs Due to Climate Fluctuations

For decades the biggest threat to the industry has been overfishing, but it is no longer the only threat. According to new research, fluctuations in the climate have already cost some New England ... read more

Last Remaining Glaciers in the Pacific Will Soon Melt Away

The last remaining tropical glaciers between the Himalayas and the Andes will disappear in the next decade -- and possibly sooner -- due to climate change, a new study has found. The glaciers in ... read more

The Antarctic: Data About the Structure of the Icy Continent

Satellite data from the European Space Agency (ESA) has now been used as the basis for new insights on the deep structure of the continent ... read more

Community Characteristics Shape Climate Change Discussions After Extreme Weather

Political affiliations, the presence of local environmental organizations and prior local media coverage of climate change play a role in how a community reacts to an extreme weather event, according ... read more

Megadroughts Fueled Peruvian Cloud Forest Activity

New research has found that strong and long-lasting droughts parched the usually moist Peruvian cloud forests, spurring farmers to colonize new cropland. Findings also included evidence that recovery ... read more

Some Forests Crucial for Climate Change Mitigation, Biodiversity

Researchers have identified forests in the western United States that should be preserved for their potential to mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration, as well as to enhance ... read more

Wing Genes Responsible for Tiny Treehopper's Extraordinary Helmet

Why the treehopper developed the enlarged, three-dimensional hood ornament that distinguishes it from the rest of the insect world remains a mystery to scientists, though it's theorized that ... read more

New Study Compares Floodplain Protection Today to Predicted Future Flood Losses

A new study seeks to answer an important question related to flooding in the United States - pay now to protect undeveloped areas that are likely to flood in the future or allow developments to go ... read more

Researchers have discovered jet stream patterns that could affect up to a quarter of global food ... read more

Tackling Air Pollution: Researchers Present Emissions Inventory for Nepal

Data on emission amounts and sources have an important role to play in shaping policy on climate protection and air quality. Now, scientists have presented the first high-resolution inventory to ... read more

Researchers have discovered a new method for turning nearly any object into a data storage unit. This makes it possible to save extensive data in, say, shirt buttons, water bottles or even the lenses ... read more

RNA Modification: Methylation and Mopping Up

Researchers have discovered a novel type of chemical modification in bacterial RNAs. The modification is apparently attached to molecules only when cells are under stress, and is rapidly removed ... read more

Volcano F Is the Origin of Pumice-Rafts Near Australia

Since August a large accumulation of pumice has been drifting in the Southwest Pacific towards Australia. Researchers have now identified the origin of this pumice raft. It is a so far nameless ... read more

How Centipedes Navigate Through Land and Water

Centipedes not only walk on land but also swim in water. Researchers have, for the first time, decoded the flexible motor control mechanism underlying amphibious locomotion, or the ability to walk on ... read more

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