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Seasonal rain and snow trigger small earthquakes on California faults

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Japanese slow earthquakes could shed light on tsunami generation

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Technology which makes electricity from urine also kills pathogens, researchers find

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‘Magic’ alloy could spur next generation of solar cells

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Optimizing feeding is necessary to maintain milk production in organic herds

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Alternative hypothesis on the faunal colonization of the Himalayas?

Until now, the fauna of the Himalayas was considered to be an “immigration fauna," with species that have immigrated primarily from neighboring regions since...

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