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- Pond dwellers called Euglena swim in polygons to avoid light
In any seemingly quiet pond the still waters actually teem with tiny pond dwellers called Euglena gracilis. Unseen to the naked eye, the single-celled organism spirals through the water, pulled along …
- Urea-absorbing ability of giant clams
NUS biologists have discovered that the fluted giant clam absorbs urea from its surroundings and the absorption rate is enhanced by exposure to light.
- As climate changes, plants might not suck carbon from the air fast enough
Current climate change models might be overestimating how much carbon dioxide plants can suck from the atmosphere.
- Amazon mangrove forest stores twice as much carbon per acre as region's famous rainforest
Scientists have determined for the first time that Amazon's waterlogged coastal mangrove forests, which are being clear cut for cattle pastures and shrimp ponds, store significantly more carbon p …
- Genome duplication drives evolution of species
Many wild and cultivated plants arise through the combination of two species. The genome of these so-called polyploid species often consists of a quadruple set of chromosomes—a double set for each par …
- Oxide materials discovery may advance electronic device development
Materials scientists at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have made a breakthrough discovery in the study of oxide heterostructures, substances that have the potential to rev …
- Four extremely young asteroid families identified
Four families of extremely young asteroids have been identified by researchers affiliated with São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. An article on the discovery has been publish …
- Doubts and dialogue may alter public perceptions of science
Science projects within controversial fields such as synthetic biology could benefit from experimenting with communication settings in which experts share their thoughts and feelings with each other a …
- Ready-to-use recipe for turning plant waste into gasoline
Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven, Belgium, already knew how to make gasoline in the laboratory from plant waste such as sawdust. Now, the researchers have developed a road map, as it were, for indust …
- Home break-ins by black bears surge in Connecticut suburbs
Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a doorknob to enter his house.
- Recharging soils with carbon could make farms more productive
Turning crop waste and discarded paper into a material called biochar could help to capture carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil while also helping to enrich farmland.
- Memory-jogging robot to keep people sharp in 'smart' retirement homes
A robot that reminds older people where they have put things and helps them exercise has been used by residents in three retirement homes in a trial to combat cognitive decline in later age.
- Schoolyard tree cover predicts math performance in high-poverty urban schools
What if improving academic performance in some of the nation's most disadvantaged and lowest-achieving schools was as easy as planting trees in the schoolyard? It's not that simple, of cours …
- Dust storms on Titan spotted for the first time
Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in equatorial regions of Saturn's moon Titan. The discovery, described in a paper published on Sept. 24 i …
- New York seeks to claw back 'Big Oyster' past
One sunny morning in New York, a dozen biologists and volunteers stand in knee-deep water, chucking net sacks of oyster shells down a human chain, before planting them in containers on the riverbed.
- Japan preschools using tablets to prep tots for digital age
It's drawing time at this suburban nursery school in Japan, but instead of crayons, tiny fingers are tapping on colors on iPad screens and taking selfies. Digital schooling has arrived in this na …
- Google tunes search for prescience and pictures
Google unveiled changes Monday aimed at making the leading search engine more visual and intuitive to the point that it can answer questions before being asked.
- Instagram co-founders resign from social media company
The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation.
- Trump plan to rollback fuel standards to get second hearing
The Trump administration's proposal to roll back national fuel economy standards was headed for its second public hearing a day after California officials and scores of speakers blasted it as a d …
- Who believes in conspiracies? Research offers a theory
The Apollo moon landing was staged. The CIA killed JFK. 9/11 was a plot by the U.S. government to justify a war in the Middle East. President Barack Obama was not a natural born citizen. The massacre …
- Artificial intelligence to improve drug combination design and personalized medicine
A new auto-commentary published in SLAS Technology looks at how an emerging area of artificial intelligence, specifically the analysis of small systems-of-interest specific datasets, can be used to im …
- Sony's aibo robotic dog can sit, fetch and learn what its owner likes
Aibo, a $2,899 robotic dog from Sony, just might scamper its way onto some wish lists this holiday season.
- Some female termites can reproduce without males
Populations of the termite species Glyptotermes nakajimai can form successful, reproducing colonies in absence of males, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Biology.
- ICoast eyes better online access with satellite broadband
Abu Dhabi's Yahsat on Monday launched its satellite broadband service in Ivory Coast in a bid to boost internet access in this west African nation where only 27 percent of the population is onlin …
- Leaders back climate change urgency in New York
Heads of state and government on Monday kicked off "Climate Week," held every year on the margins of the UN General Assembly, by urging world leaders to act urgently to reduce global warming …
- DNA tests bring together French son of GI and US half-brother
A Frenchman who spent his whole adult life searching for his American father, a soldier who fought in Europe during World War Two, said he was "bowled over" after coming face-to-face with a …
- Ford executive says may boost production in China to avoid tariffs
Ford is looking at speeding up plans to build more Lincoln models in Chinese plants amid the growing trade war with the United States that has made US exports less attractive, a senior executive said …
- California urges Trump to drop plan for weaker fuel standard
California officials demanded Monday that the Trump administration back off a plan to weaken national fuel economy standards aimed at reducing car emissions and saving people money at the pump, saying …
- What Brexit could mean for your ferret
Britain laid out Monday the potential impact of Brexit for ferrets in case no deal is reached with the EU, along with warnings on air travel, freight transport and copyrights.
- Judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts
A U.S. judge has restored federal protections to grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains and blocked the first hunts planned for the animals in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.