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Researcher improves crop performance with new biotechnology

Researcher improves crop performance with new biotechnology

Researchers with ASU School of Life Sciences discovered a way to enhance a plant’s tolerance to stress, which in turn improves how it uses water and nutrients from the soil. These improvements increase plant biomass and yield. This discovery could be instrumental in agriculture and food security by improving crop sustainability and performance. By increasing […]

Federal oil, gas leases stall over bird concerns in US West

Federal oil, gas leases stall over bird concerns in US West

In this Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, sage grouse gather on the prairie near Pinedale, Wyo. Concerns over a bird ranging across the American West continue to delay federal oil and gas lease sales five months after officials said they’d found a way to balance drilling and conservation. The Interior Department said it will […]

New DNA results answer consumers’ demand for trust in seafood

New DNA results answer consumers’ demand for trust in seafood

  Two-thirds (67 percent) of U.S. seafood consumers say they want to know that their fish can be traced back to a known and trusted source, with 58 percent saying they look to ecolabels as a trusted source of information. Globally, 55 percent doubt that the seafood they consume is what it says on the […]

Pit bull label may triple length of stay in dog shelters

Pit bull label may triple length of stay in dog shelters

A figure from the PLOS ONE Manuscript: Gunter LM, Barber RT, Wynne CDL (2016) What’s in a Name? Effect of Breed Perceptions & Labeling on Attractiveness, Adoptions & Length of Stay for Pit-Bull-Type Dogs. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0146857. Credit: Arizona Animal Welfare League Dogs labelled as «pit bulls» may wait three times as long to […]

Baby rhino found in Indian forest nursed back to health

Baby rhino found in Indian forest nursed back to health

The baby rhino will be released into the wild in 2019 Wearing a red and grey-striped blanket, a 12-day-old baby rhinoceros is bottle-fed by keepers at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in northeast India, after being found alone in a remote forest region. Rangers from Kaziranga National Park found the rhino calf lying in a stream […]

Vessel speed biggest factor in noise affecting killer whales

Vessel speed biggest factor in noise affecting killer whales

Digital acoustic recording tags temporarily attached to killer whales measured vessel noise reaching the whales. Photos taken under NOAA Fisheries and Department of Fisheries and Oceans research permit (No.781-1824 and 16163). Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Northwest Fisheries Science Center The speed of vessels operating near endangered killer whales in Washington is the most influential factor—more so than […]

New snake species with pitch black eyes from the Andes highlights hidden diversity

New snake species with pitch black eyes from the Andes highlights hidden diversity

Synophis zaheri, the new colubrid snake species. Credit: Dr. R. Alexander Pyron Extremely rare and hidden in the forests of the Andes, there are still new snake species left to find. This has recently been evidenced by the colubrid serpent, described for the first time in the present article. Moreover, there is the vicious circle […]

Adolescent female pandas not the demure homebodies once thought

Adolescent female pandas not the demure homebodies once thought

Mei Mei, a female panda fitted with a GPS tracking collar, photographed with her cub in China’s Wolong Nature Reserve. Credit: Michigan State University Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability In the furry animal world, it’s the boys approaching adulthood who tend to start to wander to seek their fortune. Which usually means a mate. […]

Moving microswimmers with tiny swirling flows

Moving microswimmers with tiny swirling flows

A rotating particle creates a flow that pushes swimming bacteria into a spiral-shaped halo around the center. The discovery helps scientists understand the interaction of microswimmers and could help prevent films from forming in microfluidic devices such as labs-on-a-chip. Credit: Igor Aronson and Andrey Sokolov Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory […]

What do we really know about Dino DNA?

What do we really know about Dino DNA?

Ever since finding that soft tissue can preserve in dinosaur fossils, paleontologist Mary Schweitzer has been asked the «Jurassic Park» question – will we ever be able to find original dinosaur DNA? And if so, could we someday recreate these awesome animals? The answers to these questions can get pretty complicated, so Dr. Schweitzer has […]

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