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A team of researchers has discovered a link between two different ecosystems, continental Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, due to airborne microbes that...

Finer particulate matter (PM1) could increase cardiovascular disease risk

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Second of its kind ‘sharpshooter’ leafhopper from Brazil ‘strikes’ with its coloration

When, in 2014, Brazilian researchers stumbled across a red-eyed leafhopper feeding inside bromeliads, growing in the restingas of southeastern Brazil, they were certain it...

19th-century bee cells in a Panamanian cathedral shed light on human impact on ecosystems

About 120 clusters of 19th-century orchid bee nests were found during restoration work on the altarpiece of Basilica Cathedral in Casco Viejo (Panamá). Having...

Genetic marking discovery improves fruit quality, bolsters climate defenses

Transferring genetic markers in plant breeding is a challenge, but a team of grapevine breeders and scientists have come up with a powerful new...

West Nile virus triggers brain inflammation by inhibiting protein degradation

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Can a tiny invasive snail help save Latin American coffee?

While conducting fieldwork in Puerto Rico's central mountainous region in 2016, ecologists noticed tiny trails of bright orange snail excrement on the undersurface of...

New study provides insights for detecting the invasive brown treesnake

Visual surveys alone cannot sufficiently detect the Brown Treesnake (BTS), which was introduced to the island of Guam around the time of WWII and...

Mortality costs of air pollution in US

Scholars have studied the effects of acute fine particulate matter exposure on mortality, health care use and medical costs among older Americans through Medicare...

Vomiting bumblebees show that sweeter is not necessarily better

Animal pollinators support the production of three-quarters of the world's food crops, and many flowers produce nectar to reward the pollinators. A new study...

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