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July 12, 2020

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A groundbreaking study is the first to analyze the relationship between group behaviors, group type, group dynamics, and kinship of beluga whales in 10 locations across the ...
Common domestic cats, as we know them today, might have accompanied Kazakh pastoralists as pets more than 1,000 years ago. This is indicated by new analyses done on an almost ...
Dinosaurs and pterosaurs may be known for their remarkable size, but a newly described species that lived around 237 million years ago suggests that they originated from ...
There has been considerable debate over how the Moon was formed. The popular hypothesis contends that the Moon was formed by ...
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How Venus Flytraps Snap

Venus flytraps catch spiders and insects by snapping their trap leaves. This mechanism is activated when unsuspecting prey touch highly sensitive trigger hairs twice within 30 seconds. A study has ...

Fast-Spreading Mutation Helps Common Flu Subtype Escape Immune Response

Strains of a common subtype of influenza virus, H3N2, have almost universally acquired a mutation that effectively blocks antibodies from binding to a key viral ...

Understanding the Love-Hate Relationship of Halide Perovskites With the Sun

Perovskiet solar cells are at the center of much recent solar research. The material is cheap and almost as efficient as silicon. However, perovskite cells have a love-hate-relationship with the sun. ...

Satellite Data Show Severity of Drought Summers in 2018 and 2019

Measurements by the GRACE-FO satellite mission show a decline in water storage in Central Europe by up to 94 percent compared with seasonal fluctuations. The changes are so serious that a recovery ...

Socio-Economic, Environmental Impacts of COVID-19 Quantified

How is COVID-19 impacting people and the planet and what are the implications for a post-pandemic world? A new study quantifies the socio-economic losses and environmental ...

Researchers Solve a 50-Year-Old Enzyme Mystery

Advanced herbicides and treatments for infection may result from the unraveling of a 50-year-old ...

Neonatal Exposure to Antigens of Commensal Bacteria Promotes Broader Immune Repertoire

Researchers have added fresh evidence that early exposure to vaccine-, bacterial- or microbiota-derived antigens has a dramatic effect on the diversity of antibodies an adult mammal will have to ...

Salmonella Biofilm Protein Causes Autoimmune Responses -- Possible Link With Alzheimer's

Scientists have demonstrated that a Salmonella biofilm protein can cause autoimmune responses and arthritis in ...

New Evidence of Long-Term Volcanic, Seismic Risks in Northern Europe

An ancient European volcanic region may pose both a greater long-term volcanic risk and seismic risk to northwestern Europe than scientists had realized, geophysicists report. The densely populated ...

Biologists Trace Plants' Steady Mitochondrial Genomes to a Gene Found in Viruses, Bacteria

Biologists have traced the stability of plant mitochondrial genomes to a particular gene - MSH1 - that plants have but animals don't. Their experiments could lend insight into why animal ...

Discovery Reveals How Plants Make Cellulose for Strength and Growth

The discovery unveils the molecular machinery that plants use to weave cellulose chains into cable-like structures called ...

Safer CRISPR Gene Editing With Fewer Off-Target Hits

The CRISPR system is a powerful tool for the targeted editing of genomes, with significant therapeutic potential, but runs the risk of inappropriately editing ''off-target'' ...

Scientists Urge Caution, Further Assessment of Ecological Impacts Above Deep Sea Mining

A new study argues that deep-sea mining poses significant risks, not only to the area immediately surrounding mining operations but also to the water hundreds to thousands of feet above the seafloor, ...

Scientists Trace the Origin of Our Teeth from the Most Primitive Jawed Fish

Scientists have digitally 'dissected', for the first time, the most primitive jawed fish fossils with teeth found near Prague more than 100 years ago. The results show that their teeth have ...

Global Wildlife Surveillance Could Provide Early Warning for Next Pandemic

Researchers propose a decentralized, global wildlife biosurveillance system to identify -- before the next pandemic emerges -- animal viruses that have the potential to cause human ...

A 'Regime Shift' Is Happening in the Arctic Ocean

Scientists find the growth of phytoplankton in the Arctic Ocean has increased 57 percent over just two decades, enhancing its ability to soak up carbon dioxide. While once linked to melting sea ice, ...

Bats Offer Clues to Treating COVID-19

Bats carry many viruses, including COVID-19, without becoming ill. Biologists are studying the immune system of bats to find potential ways to 'mimic' that system in ...

Aquaculture's Role in Nutrition in the COVID-19 Era

A new paper examines the economics of an aquaculture industry of the future that is simultaneously environmentally sustainable and nutritious for the nearly 1 billion people worldwide who depend on ...

Native Bees Also Facing Novel Pandemic

There is growing evidence that another 'pandemic' has been infecting bees around the world for the past two decades, and is spreading: a fungal pathogen known as ...

A New Look at Deep-Sea Microbes

Microbes found deeper in the ocean are believed to have slow population turnover rates and low amounts of available energy. But a new examination of microbial communities found deeper in seafloor ...

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