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Weedy rice has become herbicide resistant through rapid evolution

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Life in the shallows becomes a trap for baby sharks

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Evidence to explain behavior of slow earthquakes

A team of researchers has made an important breakthrough that will help better understand the origin and behavior of slow earthquakes. Their work presents...

Scientists unveil least costly carbon capture system to date

Scientists carve a path to profit from carbon capture by creating a system that efficiently captures CO2 and converts it into one of the...

In times of climate change: What a lake’s color can tell about its condition

With the help of satellite observations from 188 lakes worldwide, scientists have shown that the warming of large lakes amplifies their color. Lakes which...

Origin of life: A prebiotic route to DNA

DNA, the hereditary material, may have appeared on Earth earlier than has been assumed hitherto. Chemists now show that a simple reaction pathway could...

Encouraging scientists to collaborate on the tropics

A new study investigates collaboration among scientists, researchers, and other figures whose work advances the field of tropical ecology.

Soil in midwestern US is eroding 10 to 1,000 times faster than it forms,...

In a discovery that has repercussions for everything from domestic agricultural policy to global food security and the plans to mitigate climate change, researchers...

Soft tissue fossil clues could help search for ancient life on Earth and other...

Fossils that preserve entire organisms (including both hard and soft body parts) are critical to our understanding of evolution and ancient life on Earth....

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