Krypton reveals ancient water beneath the Israeli desert

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N95 respirators could offer robust protection from wildfire smoke

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Righty blue whales sometimes act like lefties, study finds

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What makes two species different?

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Flowers of St. John’s Wort serve as green catalyst

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has for the first time used dried flowers of St. John's Wort (genus Hypericum) as an active catalyst in...

Plants as cold specialists from the ice age

Plants of the spoonweed group time-and-again quickly adapted to a changing climate during the Ice Ages of the last two million years. Evolutionary biologists...

Animals shield their families from a harsh world

Animals living in volatile habitats can gain major evolutionary benefits by shielding their families from the changing environment, new research suggests. Biologists investigated an...

Electric vehicle adoption improves air quality and climate outlook

A new study quantified the differences in air pollution generated from battery-powered electric vehicles versus internal combustion engines. The researchers found that even when...

Origin of life: Did Darwinian evolution begin before life itself?

A study done by physicists demonstrates that fundamental characteristics of polymeric molecules, such as their subunit composition, are sufficient to trigger selection processes in...

Chesapeake Bay pollution extends to early 19th century

Humans began measurably and negatively impacting water quality in the Chesapeake Bay in the first half of the 19th century, according to a study...

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