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Though it is disappearing, California's official state grass has the ability to live for 100 years or more. New research demonstrates that sheep and...

A sea change for plastic pollution: New material biodegrades in ocean water

Seeking solutions to counteract a rapid rise in plastic trash, scientists have developed biodegradable material that is designed to replace conventionally used plastic. An...

Geologists mapped how metal pollutants have traveled across the city

Pittsburgh's steel industry may be largely in the past, but its legacy lives on in city soils. Geologists now show how historical coking and...

Three new species of ground snakes discovered under graveyards and churches in Ecuador

Scientists have discovered three new cryptozoic (living underground) snakes hidden under graveyards and churches in remote towns in the Andes of Ecuador. The new...

Pythons are true choke artists

Biologists have found that it's not just the size of its head and body that puts almost everything on a Burmese python's menu. They...

Scientists reveal the true identity of a Chinese octopus

A team of researchers came across a new-to-science species of octopus from Dongshan island in China's Fujian Province. At less than 40 g in...

Grimy windows could be harboring toxic pollutants

Dirty windows can harbor potentially harmful pollutants under protective films of fatty acids from cooking emissions -- and these can hang around over long...

Cacao: Multiple interactions in its cultivation

In the cultivation of organic cacao, many factors determine the yield. An international research team has now identified important players and their combined effects.

Planting trees not always an effective way of binding carbon dioxide

Tree-planting has been widely seen as an effective way of binding carbon as carbon dioxide levels rise in the atmosphere. But now researchers are...

Once in a century flowering and seeding of dwarf bamboo boosts mice populations

An event that occurs only once every 120 years, the large-scale flowering, seeding, and dying of dwarf bamboo (Sasa borealis), has been found to...

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