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May 19, 2013
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‘Dark Oxidants’ Form Away from Sunlight in Lake and Ocean Depths, Underground Soils

New findings overturn understanding of light-dependent environmental oxidants Breathing oxygen… can be hazardous to your health? Indeed, our bodies aren’t perfect. They make mistakes, among them producing toxic chemicals, called oxidants, in cells. We fight these oxidants naturally, and by … Continue reading

May 10, 2013
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How some leaves got fat: It’s the veins

Some plants, such as succulents, have managed to grow very plump leaves. For that to happen, according to a new study in Current Biology, plants had to evolve 3-D arrangements of their leaf veins in order to maintain adequately efficient hydraulics for … Continue reading

May 10, 2013
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World’s Longest-Running Plant Monitoring Program Now Digitized

Data from the research plots on Tumamoc Hill reveal changes in the Sonoran Desert and have been important to key advances in the science of ecology. Researchers at the University of Arizona’s Tumamoc Hill have digitized 106 years of growth … Continue reading

May 4, 2013
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What Happened to Dinosaurs’ Predecessors After Earth’s Largest Extinction 252 Million Years Ago?

Fossil-hunting expeditions to Tanzania, Zambia and Antarctica provide new insights Predecessors to dinosaurs missed the race to fill habitats emptied when nine out of 10 species disappeared during Earth’s largest mass extinction 252 million years ago. Or did they? That … Continue reading

May 2, 2013
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Where Does Charcoal, or Black Carbon, in Soils Go?

Scientists find surprising new answers in wetlands such as the Everglades Scientists have uncovered one of nature’s long-kept secrets–the true fate of charcoal in the world’s soils. The ability to determine the fate of charcoal is critical to knowledge of … Continue reading

April 25, 2013
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Cutting Specific Atmospheric Pollutants Would Slow Sea Level Rise

Decreasing emissions of black carbon, methane and other pollutants makes a difference With coastal areas bracing for rising sea levels, new research indicates that cutting emissions of certain pollutants can greatly slow sea level rise this century. Scientists found that … Continue reading

March 31, 2013
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Endangered Lemurs’ Genomes Sequenced

Three populations of aye-ayes on Madagascar studied For the first time, the complete genomes of three populations of aye-ayes–a type of lemur–have been sequenced and analyzed. The results of the genome-sequence analyses are published this week in the journal Proceedings … Continue reading

March 29, 2013
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Some Alaskan trout use flexible guts for the ultimate binge diet

Imagine having a daylong Thanksgiving feast every day for a month, then, only pauper’s rations the rest of the year. University of Washington researchers have discovered Dolly Varden, a kind of trout, eating just that way in Alaska’s Chignik Lake … Continue reading