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2011-05-09 21:42:13

A study by Duke University researchers has found high levels of leaked methane in well water collected near shale-gas drilling and hydrofracking sites.

2011-05-02 23:39:17

Lichen, those drab, fuzzy growths found on rocks and trees, aren't as cuddly and charismatic as kangaroos or intriguing as opossums, but they could be a fungal equivalent, at least evolutionarily.

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2011-04-29 06:35:48

Scientists have observed a "super-aggregation" of more than 300 humpback whales gorging on the largest swarm of Antarctic krill seen in more than 20 years in bays along the Western Antarctic Peninsula.

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2011-04-28 07:35:00

Researchers have found a new clue as to why bariatric surgery is more effective for controlling glucose levels in diabetics than dietary remedies alone, helping to explain why diabetes often disappears after the surgery, even before much weight is lost.

2011-04-20 12:53:37

Deforestation in parts of the Peruvian Amazon has increased six-fold in recent years as small-scale miners, driven by record gold prices, blast and clear more of the lowland rainforest.

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2011-04-20 09:48:16

Earth has 657 more barrier islands than previously thought, according to a new global survey by researchers from Duke University and Meredith College.

2011-04-19 09:00:00

DURHAM, N.C., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lend Lease, through its legacy Bovis Lend Lease business, has been awarded Duke University's West Campus Steam Plant Renewal and Conversion project. The original West Campus Steam Plant was constructed in 1929, and has undergone various modifications.

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2011-04-15 07:41:45

Using eyes made of a calcium carbonate crystal, a simple mollusk may have evolved enough vision to spot potential predators, scientists say.

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2011-04-04 23:07:47

The number of endangered leatherback sea turtle nests at 68 beaches in Florida has increased by 10.2more than 10 percent a year since 1979.

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2011-04-04 20:27:28

A study of 27,000 trees shows early spring warming, summer drought as major factors.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.