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February 18, 2020

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Rising sea surface temperatures and acidic waters could eliminate nearly all existing coral reef habitats by 2100, suggesting restoration projects in these areas will likely ... read more
Researchers have for the first time developed a genome the size of a minimal cell that can ... read more
Brain imprints on cranial bones from great apes and humans refute the long-held notion that the human pattern of brain asymmetry is unique, according to ... read more
Bacterial viruses, called bacteriophages, are simple genetic machines, relying on their bacterial hosts to replicate and spread. But scientists have found hundreds of huge ... read more
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Wall Street Investors React to Climate Change

Institutional investors are factoring climate risks into their investment ... read more

Warming Oceans Are Getting Louder

One of the ocean's loudest creatures is smaller than you'd expect -- and will get even louder and more troublesome to humans and sea life as the ocean warms, according to new ... read more

Oversight of Fishing Vessels Lacking, New Analysis Shows

Policies regulating fishing in international waters do not sufficiently protect officials who monitor illegal fishing, the prohibited dumping of equipment, or human trafficking or other human rights ... read more

How Malaria Detects and Shields Itself from Approaching Immune Cells

Malaria parasites can sense a molecule produced by approaching immune cells and then use it to protect themselves from destruction, according to new ... read more

Crops Provide Chimpanzees With More Energy Than Wild Foods

A new study has found that cultivated foods offer chimpanzees in West Africa more energetic benefits than wild foods available in the region. The findings have made a significant development for our ... read more

Antioxidant in Mushrooms May Relieve Features of 'Pregnancy Hypertension'

A new study in rats suggests that the natural antioxidant L-ergothioneine could alleviate the characteristics of ... read more

Insufficient Evidence Backing Herbal Medicines for Weight Loss

Researchers have conducted the first global review of herbal medicines for weight loss in 19 years, finding insufficient evidence to recommend any current ... read more

Ancient Plant Foods Discovered in Arnhem Land, Australia

The new study includes the earliest evidence of Homo sapiens use of plant foods outside Africa and the Middle ... read more

Freshwater Insects Recover While Spiders Decline in UK

Many insects, mosses and lichens in the UK are bucking the trend of biodiversity loss, according to a comprehensive analysis of over 5,000 ... read more

New Green Technology Generates Electricity 'out of Thin Air'

Electrical engineers and microbiologists have created a device they call an 'Air-gen' or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe ... read more

Systems Analysis for a New Arctic

A major new report highlights new and emerging policy trends in the Arctic, a region on the front lines of climate change, geopolitics, and global ... read more

Computer-Generated Genomes

Chemists have described how computational algorithms paired with chemical DNA synthesis enable digital manufacturing of biological systems up to the size of entire microbial genomes. They have made ... read more

To Help Wildlife Move, Researchers Map Both Natural and Legal Boundaries

Researchers have developed a way to find the path of least resistance in creating wildlife corridors by mapping not only habitat but also the types of legal authority governing the landscape. They ... read more

Major Study Shows Climate Change Can Cause Abrupt Impacts on Dryland Ecosystems

A study finds for the first time that as levels of aridity increase due to climate change, abrupt changes are experienced on dryland ... read more

Rare Bats in Decline

A study led by Susan Tsang, a former Fulbright Research Fellow from The City College of New York, reveals dwindling populations and widespread hunting throughout Indonesia and the Philippines of the ... read more

Researchers Study How Birds Retweet News

Every social network has its fake news. And in animal communication networks, even birds discern the trustworthiness of their neighbors, a new study ... read more

Leaking Away Essential Resources Isn't Wasteful, Actually Helps Cells Grow

Experts have been unable to explain why cells from bacteria to humans leak essential chemicals necessary for growth into their environment. New mathematical models reveal that leaking metabolites -- ... read more

Computer Simulations Visualize How DNA Converts Cells Into Stem Cells

Researchers have revealed how an essential protein helps to activate genomic DNA during the conversion of regular adult human cells into stem ... read more

WWI Helmets Protect Against Shock Waves Just as Well as Modern Designs

Biomedical engineers have demonstrated that, despite significant advancements in protection from ballistics and blunt impacts, modern military helmets are no better at protecting from shock waves ... read more

Unique Reproductive Trait for Seagrass

New research reveals that species of the seagrass genus Posidonia have evolved a remarkable adaptation for ocean survival: a winged seed whose shape harnesses the force of underwater currents to hold ... read more

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