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Gene Variation within a Tree

By | August 13, 2012

The root system of a tree species is genetically different than the leaves of that individual, potentially modifying scientists’ understanding of evolution.

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Drinking Better Bacteria

By | August 9, 2012

Researchers analyzing the bacteria in municipal drinking water find simple measures can increase beneficial bacteria while reducing pathogenic strains.

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School Teachers Release Invasives

By | August 9, 2012

As many as 1,000 different non-native organisms used in the classroom are being released into the wild by school teachers.

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How Green Are Your Fish?

By | August 1, 2012

Farmed salmon may have more in common with their more expensive wild-caught counterparts than consumers are led to believe.

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Microbial Perfume

By | July 23, 2012

Rather than rely on plant-derived products, biotech companies are engineering bacteria and yeast to produce ingredients for fragrances.

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EU Promotes Collaboration

By | July 18, 2012

Research and funding organizations pledge to support a new system to support cross-border collaboration within the European Union.

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UK Pushes Open Access

By | July 16, 2012

Starting in April 2013, research supported by the United Kingdom government must be made freely available within 6 months of publication.

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Another Victim of Suspicious Data

By | July 13, 2012

The researcher who raised questions about the studies by social psychologist Dirk Smeesters flags dodgy data from another scientist.

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Small-Brained Fish Make More Babies

By | July 12, 2012

Guppies with experimentally shrunken brains produced more offspring than guppies bred for larger noggins, confirming a long suspected tradeoff of bigger brains.

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Genetic Shift in Salmon

By | July 12, 2012

A new study finds that an Alaskan population of the fish has quickly evolved in response to warming temperatures.

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