300,000 families living in US-Mexico border towns face exposure to toxic stress

Roughly 300,000 Texans living in impoverished border communities known as 'colonias' are facing substandard housing, lack of resources and exposure to toxic stress. New...

A paper battery with water switch

A team of researchers has developed a water-activated disposable paper battery. The researchers suggest that it could be used to power a wide range...

Algae-killing viruses spur nutrient recycling in oceans

Scientists have confirmed that viruses can kill marine algae called diatoms and that diatom die-offs near the ocean surface may provide nutrients and organic...

Hidden army: How starfish could build up numbers to attack coral reefs

It is known that crown of thorns starfish lie in wait as algae-eating young before attacking coral. But new research shows the starfish that...

Common genetic toolkit shapes horns in scarab beetles

Horns have evolved independently multiple times in scarab beetles, but distantly related species have made use of the same genetic toolkit to grow these...

Green turtles eat plastic that looks like their food

Green turtles are more likely to swallow plastic that resembles their natural diet of sea grass, new research suggests.

Dirty air now could harm hearts of offspring later

A parent's exposure to dirty air before conception might spell heart trouble for the next generation, a new animal study suggests.

Problems with herbicide-resistant weeds become crystal clear

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Amazon rainforest could be gone within a lifetime

Researchers reveal the speed at which ecosystems of different sizes will disappear, once they have reached a point beyond which they collapse -- transforming...

Navigating with the sixth sense: Desert ants sense Earth’s magnetic field

Desert ants use the Earth's magnetic field for orientation. This provides ants the cue to find their way back to the nest.

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