Rethinking role of viruses in coral reef ecosystems

Viruses are thought to frequently kill their host bacteria, especially at high microbial density. A state called lysogeny, in which viruses lie dormant but...

Eating beans instead of beef would sharply reduce greenhouse gasses

If Americans would eat beans instead of beef, the United States would immediately realize approximately 50 to 75 percent of its GHG reduction targets...

Supercomputing helps researchers understand Earth’s interior

Geologists have created a computer model of tectonic activity so effective that they believe it has potential to predict where earthquakes and volcanoes will...

Human-induced deforestation is causing an increase in malaria cases

A new study of 67 less-developed, malaria-endemic nations finds a link between deforestation and increasing malaria rates across developing nations.

Two new proteins connected to plant development discovered by scientists

The discovery of two new proteins could lead to better ways to regulate plant structure and the ability to resist crop stresses such as...

Air pollution may disrupt sleep

High levels of air pollution over time may get in the way of a good night's sleep, according to new research.

Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass

A new process triples the fraction of biomass converted to high-value products to nearly 80 percent, also tripling the expected rate of return for...

Traffic-related air pollution linked to DNA damage in children

Children and teens exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution have evidence of a specific type of DNA damage called telomere shortening, reports...

Kamchatkan volcanic ash travels half the world

Geochemical fingerprinting links microscopic ash found on the bottom of a Svalbard lake to volcanic event happening 7,000 years ago and 5,000 km away.

Environmental pollutants in large Norwegian lakes

Scientists have discovered the presence of contaminants in the pelagic food chains in the lakes Mjøsa, Randsfjorden and Femunden in Norway, and in supplementary material...

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