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Not One, Not Two, But Three Fungi Present in Lichen
Not One, Not Two, But Three Fungi Present in Lichen
Kerry Grens | Jan 17, 2019
Scientists discover a third fungus that is widespread in lichens, but it’s not clear yet whether it’s a partner in the algal-fungal symbiosis or a bystander.
Thousands of Australian Animals Die in Unprecedented Heatwave
Thousands of Australian Animals Die in Unprecedented Heatwave
Jef Akst | Jan 17, 2019
Freshwater fish suffer from low levels of oxygen in the country’s rivers, while bats are unable to survive the extreme air temperatures.
A New Role for Yeast Introns: Helping Cells Cope Under Stress
A New Role for Yeast Introns: Helping Cells Cope Under Stress
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 16, 2019
Two studies contest the idea that the noncoding sequences are just “junk DNA,” demonstrating that they play important roles in the regulation of cell growth.
Majority of Wild Coffee Species at Risk of Extinction, Study Finds
Majority of Wild Coffee Species at Risk of Extinction, Study Finds
Shawna Williams | Jan 16, 2019
Threats to the plants include climate change and habitat loss.
German Institutions and Wiley Reach Open-Access Publishing Deal
German Institutions and Wiley Reach Open-Access Publishing Deal
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 16, 2019
The three-year contract, in which all articles will be published as open access in exchange for an annual fee for journal subscriptions, is a triumph for Project DEAL.
Larger Hermit Crab Penises May Prevent Shell Theft
Larger Hermit Crab Penises May Prevent Shell Theft
Abby Olena | Jan 16, 2019
Members of species with shells they must hold onto for survival have larger sexual tubes than those with less precious private property.
Government Shutdown Keeps Young Scientists in Limbo
Government Shutdown Keeps Young Scientists in Limbo
Shawna Williams | Jan 16, 2019
With the lapse in government funding in its fourth week, early-career researchers tell The Scientist how their businesses, jobs, and research have been affected.
More Cancer Mutations, Better Immunotherapy Outcomes
More Cancer Mutations, Better Immunotherapy Outcomes
Catherine Offord | Jan 15, 2019
Immune checkpoint inhibitors are generally most effective against tumors with more genetic mutations, according to a new study, although the relationship isn’t true for all cancers.
China Is Growing Cotton on the Moon
China Is Growing Cotton on the Moon
Ashley Yeager | Jan 15, 2019
Images from the country’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander show the first sprouting plants.