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We might think of roots as necessary, but uninteresting, parts of the crop production process. New research, however, focuses on what's going on in...

Presence of textile microfibers from washing machines in marine floors

A study quantifies the presence of textile microfibers in south European marine floors. Researchers analyzed the amount of these colored fibers, which vary between...

Changes in non-extreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequences

Extreme floods and droughts receive a lot of attention. But what happens when precipitation -- or lack thereof -- occurs in a more measured...

Brace yourself for coming heatwaves, there are at least 27 ways they can kill...

A new systematic synthesis shows that there are at least 27 different physiological pathways in which a heatwave can kill a human being, and...

Tiny polyps save corals from predators and disease

Corals may have unexpected allies in improving their health and resilience.

Experiments trace interstellar dust back to solar system’s formation

Experiments have helped to confirm that samples of interplanetary particles -- collected from Earth's upper atmosphere and believed to originate from comets -- contain...

Placental accumulation of flame retardant chemical alters serotonin production in rats

Researchers have shown a connection between exposure to a widely used flame retardant chemical mixture and disruption of normal placental function in rats, leading...

Immense Pacific coral reef survey shows green sea turtle populations increasing

Densities of endangered green turtles are increasing in Pacific coral reefs, according to the first comprehensive in-water survey of turtle populations in the Pacific.

Plant breeders balance shared innovation, revenue

Crop breeding research and innovation requires funding. But funding -- and revenue from the crops developed -- is increasingly hard to obtain. In response,...

How toxic air clouds mental health

Researchers have found a link between air pollution and psychological distress. The higher the level of particulates in the air, the study showed, the...

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