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Sunflower genome sequence to provide roadmap for more resilient crops

University of Georgia researchers are part of an international team that has published the first sunflower genome sequence. This new resource will assist future...

Computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests uncovered

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Reduced US air pollution will boost rainfall in Africa’s Sahel, says study

Falling sulfur dioxide emissions in the United States are expected to substantially increase rainfall in Africa's semi-arid Sahel, while bringing slightly more rain to...

ESF lists top 10 new species for 2017

A spider and an ant with names drawn from popular books, a pink katydid and an omnivorous rat made ESF's list of the Top...

Elfin mountain toad discovered in misty, mossy elfin forest

The newly discovered horned mountain toad found in Southern Vietnam's elfin forest is the smallest of its species – and is already considered endangered. If...

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