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Plants Communicate with Help of Fungi

By Dan Cossins | May 14, 2013

Symbiotic fungi on the roots of bean plants can act as an underground signaling network, transmitting early warnings of impending aphid attacks.  

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Arctic Foxes Suffer from Seafood Diet

By Dan Cossins | May 9, 2013

The decline of a population of Arctic foxes isolated on a small Russian island may be due to mercury pollution from their diet of seabirds and seals.

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Can CO2 Help Grow Rainforests?

By Edyta Zielinska | April 24, 2013

Researchers in the Amazon are measuring how much carbon dioxide fertilizes the rainforest.

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Supreme Court Considers Gene Patents

By Dan Cossins | April 16, 2013

A decision will not be reached until later in the year, but the United States’ top justices appear to be inclined to rule against the validity of patenting human genes.

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Mysterious Sea Lion Stranding Continues

By Bob Grant | April 8, 2013

Scientists are stumped as to why hundreds of starved pups have been washing up on the California shore.

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Bridges for UK Water Voles

By Dan Cossins | March 20, 2013

Newly constructed ramps will expand the habitat available to a colony of water voles in London, and similar ramps elsewhere could encourage isolated populations to mix.   

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Native Frogs Beat Invasive Toads

By Dan Cossins | March 8, 2013

Native Australian frog tadpoles outcompete the tadpoles of the invasive cane toad, suggesting the native frogs could form part of a suburban control program.

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Icy Algae in a Changing Arctic

By Bob Grant | February 14, 2013

New research adds to an emerging picture of the changes that global warming and thinning ice are wreaking on the marine ecosystems at the top of the world.

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Sampling the New Arctic

By Bob Grant | February 14, 2013

Scenes from a research trip, where researchers peered beneath the ice to shine a light on the emerging picture of a changing Arctic Ocean

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Diversity Defeats Disease

By Ruth Williams | February 13, 2013

In a pond, more amphibian species mean decreased chances of disease spread.

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