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The ongoing climate changes make it increasingly difficult to predict certain aspects of weather, according to a new study. The study, focusing on weather...

Caterpillars retrieve ‘voicemail’ by eating soil

Leaf-feeding caterpillars greatly enrich their intestinal flora by eating soil. It's even possible to trace the legacy effects of plants that previously grew in...

Highlighting social identity and peer group norms can increase water conservation

New research suggests that targeted use of behavioural 'nudges' can encourage people to conserve water. Researchers found that rather than giving people general information...

Energy stealthily hitches ride in global trade

Fulfilling the world's growing energy needs summons images of oil pipelines, electric wires and truckloads of coal. But research shows a lot of energy...

Plant scraps are the key ingredient in cheap, sustainable jet fuel

Scientists have developed a process for converting plant waste from agriculture and timber harvesting into high-density aviation fuel. Their research may help reduce CO2...

Plant immunity cut to size

An international team has found a link between a class of enzymes and immune signals that is rapidly triggered upon physical damage in plants....

Two-step path to shrinking worker bee gonads

The dramatic difference in gonad size between honey bee queens and their female workers in response to their distinct diets requires the switching on...

Hundreds of bubble streams link biology, seismology off Washington’s coast

The first survey of methane vent sites off Washington's coast finds 1,778 bubble columns, with most located along a north-south band that is in...

Examining ball pits as a playground for pathogenic germs

Ball pits used in children's physical therapy -- similar to those made popular by restaurants catering to families -- may contribute to germ transmission...

Pathogenic, drug-resistant bacteria found in wastewater treatment plants

Infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria are a global public health threat causing serious illness and even death. In a new study, researchers conducted a...

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