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The Bugs and the Bees: How viruses bridged the gap between bees and butterflies

The Bugs and the Bees: How viruses bridged the gap between bees and butterflies

🕔12:43, 5.Feb 2016

What eats leaves, transforms into a butterfly, and contains wasp genes in its genome? Discover exactly how the caterpillar became a natural GMO and why modern technology is changing the face of evolutionary research.

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Trillions of Trees: Yale study finds three trillion trees on Earth

Trillions of Trees: Yale study finds three trillion trees on Earth

🕔23:22, 3.Feb 2016

In 2006, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) started the billion trees campaign with the goal of planting — you guessed it — one billion trees around the world. Plant for the Planet, which inherited the campaign, wanted to know

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Collective Intelligence: How Insect Swarms Respond to External Stimuli

Collective Intelligence: How Insect Swarms Respond to External Stimuli

🕔15:12, 3.Feb 2016

A team of Yale researchers has demonstrated how a seemingly random insect mating swarm responds to external stimulus through intelligent group fluctuations.

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Mealworms: An Unlikely Solution to Styrofoam Waste

Mealworms: An Unlikely Solution to Styrofoam Waste

🕔15:42, 2.Feb 2016

Styrofoam waste is a serious environmental issue that previously had no effective solution. Researchers have recently discovered that mealworms can eat Styrofoam, which presents a promising prospective solution.

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Predator and Prey: Who’s Changing Whom?

Predator and Prey: Who’s Changing Whom?

🕔20:27, 1.Feb 2016

Late October, twilight, Gorton Pond. The water lies still, reflecting the pitch-black night sky and the outlines of the fiery orange autumnal trees bordering the shore. The pond’s alewife juveniles are preparing for their migration to sea as their six-month

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Highly Aromatic with a Smooth, Microbial Finish: Yeast S. cerevisiae dictates the nuances of wine

Highly Aromatic with a Smooth, Microbial Finish: Yeast S. cerevisiae dictates the nuances of wine

🕔20:52, 4.Nov 2015

There’s a new reason to say ‘cheers’ to the microbe. For the first time, scientists have experimentally determined that the yeast S. cerevisiae has a significant influence on regional variations in wine flavor and smell.

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Q&A: How Do Some Organisms Glow in the Dark?

Q&A: How Do Some Organisms Glow in the Dark?

🕔20:11, 4.Nov 2015

Although humans never evolved the necessary mechanisms to glow themselves, some bioluminescent species can in fact emit their own light. The trick? A specific type chemical reaction, which happens to have many practical applications.

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Paper vs. Plastic: The science behind the national shopping controversy

Paper vs. Plastic: The science behind the national shopping controversy

🕔23:26, 8.May 2015

While the country debates which kind of bag is safest for the environment — paper, or plastic — a more holistic and quantitative technique can help inform policy decisions.

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Television Review: Earth: A New Wild

Television Review: Earth: A New Wild

🕔20:26, 8.May 2015

A new documentary series from National Geographic and Passion Planet attempts to inspire a deeper affinity between viewers and wildlife, but is beset by contrived drama.

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Where Did the Missing BP Oil Go?

Where Did the Missing BP Oil Go?

🕔18:50, 8.May 2015

In 2010, a government release reported that one third of the oil dumped into the Gulf of Mexico in the famous BP spill was unaccounted for. Where do we look for these missing gallons?

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