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Tiny bacterium provides window into whole ecosystems

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Research on Prochlorococcus, the most abundant life form in the oceans, shows the bacteria's metabolism evolved in a way that may have helped trigger the rise of other organisms, to form a more complex marine ecosystem with overall greater biomass....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:53:39 EDT

Fairy circles of Namibia: New research helps scientists gain insight

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New insights have been gained into one of nature's great mysteries: the fairy circles of Namibia. Numbering in the millions, the so-called fairy circles are in the eastern, interior margin of the coastal Namib Desert, stretching from southern Angola to nor...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:53:29 EDT

New method to 'fingerprint' HIV developed

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A method to analyze the glycan shield on HIV's protective outer glycoprotein has been developed as a potential HIV vaccine candidate, report scientists....
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  • On: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:53:17 EDT

Fighting world hunger: Robotics aid in the study of corn and drought tolerance

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Developing drought tolerant corn that makes efficient use of available water will be vital to sustain the estimated 9 billion global population by 2050. In March 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the University of Missouri a $20 million g...
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  • On: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:53:10 EDT

Evolving 'lovesick' organisms found survival in sex

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Being 'lovesick' takes on a whole new meaning in a new theory which answers the unsolved fundamental question: why do we have sex?...
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  • On: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:53:08 EDT

How bacteria hunt other bacteria

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A bacterial species that hunts other bacteria has attracted interest as a potential antibiotic, but exactly how this predator tracks down its prey has not been clear. A new study reveals that the bacterial predator Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus homes in on it...
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  • On: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:52:55 EDT