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Four Years Later, Marine Life Still Feeling Significant Impacts From Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

As the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico approaches, much of the region’s environment and marine life are still feeling the effects of the largest...

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Invasive Pests Not Impacting East African Honeybees For Now

Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of researchers.

Differences Between Neanderthals And Modern Man Caused By

With Neanderthals and modern humans sharing more than 99.8 percent of their genetic material, the differences in DNA between the two species are fairly minimal and the differences seen in phenotypes are mostly caused by certain genes being “switched on” or “switched off.”

Researchers Discover Cave Insects With Sex-reversed

Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 17 have discovered little-known cave insects with rather novel sex lives.

Biologists Help Solve Fungi Mysteries

A new genetic analysis revealing the previously unknown biodiversity and distribution of thousands of fungi in North America might also reveal a previously underappreciated contributor to climate change.

Genetic Study Tackles Slow Plant Domestication Mystery

Domestication genes tend to be insensitive to the rest of the genome and to the environment. Could finding this subset of robust genes have slowed things down?

People Animals Forced To Evacuate After Perus Ubinas Volcano

Authorities in Peru have called for the evacuation of 4,000 people living around the Ubinas volcano, which has been erupting ash clouds up to two miles into the sky. The evacuation includes people from two regional districts: Moquegua and Arequipa.

Lasting Drought Effect In The Rainy Eastern US

A new study reveals that short-lived but severe climatic events can trigger cascades of ecosystem changes that can last for centuries.

Biologists Call For Changes To Endangered Species

Researchers are advocating changes to the way in which threatened species are identified, due to the potential danger presented to vulnerable animal populations by the so-called “gold standard” of collecting voucher specimens for identification purposes.

Mt Everest Claims At Least 12 Lives In Peaks Single

An avalanche on the world’s highest mountain has killed at least 12 local guides during a climb on Friday. The snowpack release also injured three and several others are still unaccounted for...

Wild Vs Domestic Wild Animals Interbred With Domesticated

Previous theories have posited that domesticated animals have been cut off from their wild counterparts, but a new study slated for publication in the PNAS journal has found that wild and domestic animals have interbred more than previously thought.

Large Decrease In Green Turtle Catch Rates Study

A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua's legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida.

Scientists Describe Two New Species Of Yellow-shouldered

Lying forgotten in museum collections two new species of yellow-shouldered bats have been unearthed by scientists at the American Museum of New York and The Field Museum of Natural History and described in the open access journal ZooKeys.

Chimpanzees Prefer Ugandan Ironwood For Their Beds

Chimpanzees may select a certain type of wood, Ugandan Ironwood, over other options for its firm, stable, and resilient properties to make their bed

New Insight Into How Toddlers Learn Verbs

Parents can help toddlers’ language skills by showing them a variety of examples of different actions, according to new research from the University of Liverpool.

Fossil Reveals Transition From Carnivore To Herbivore

The fossil of a newly-discovered species called Eocasea martini is being described as a sort of missing link in the transition from carnivorous to herbivorous behavior in land animals.

NASAs AIM Mission Unlocks The Secrets Of Noctilucent Clouds

When you think about the North and South poles, they seem to be worlds apart. They are separated by four oceans, six continents, and more than 12,000 nautical miles. However, new data shows they may not be as far apart as one might think.

Understanding How Climatic Relationships Led To Major Ice

A new study has developed crucial new information about how the ice ages came about based on newly discovered relationships between deep-sea temperature and ice-volume changes.

The Evolution Of Jaws Based On A 325M-Year-Old Shark-Like

Despite having retained their basic "sharkiness" for millions of years, modern sharks have less to tell us about the early evolution of jawed vertebrates—including humans—than was previously thought.

New Memory Model Explains How Neurons Select Memories

In research that should provide a more detailed picture of how memory works, scientists from the Salk Institute have developed a new model explaining how neurons retain select memories a few hours after an event.

Global Coffee Production Sees A Decline In Shade Grown

Shade grown coffee is grown under a canopy of trees – a technique hailed as environmentally friendly and sustainable for maintaining plant and animal life around the coffee plantation.


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