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Biologists use genomics to identify evolving new bird species in southern Idaho

The South Hills crossbill, potentially a newly discovered species of finch, has evolved over the past 6,000 years with a unique dependence on its …

Brazil will release billions of lab-grown mosquitoes to combat infectious disease. Will it work?

<b>BRAZIL—</b>Every Saturday morning, Maria do Carmo Tunussi goes door to door asking her neighbors to scour their houses and yards for flowerpots, buckets, …

Plants actively direct their seeds via wind or water towards suitable sites

Plants cannot move to find new places to live in, but they can actively direct their seeds to new suitable places for plant development. This …

Plant discovered that neither photosynthesizes nor blooms

Project Associate Professor Kenji Suetsugu (Kobe University Graduate School of Science) has discovered a new species of plant on the subtropical …

Biology

This Virus Robbed Deadly DNA From Black Widow Spider Venom

A “Frankenphage”<p>WO is a virus that lives in bacteria called <i>Wolbachia</i>, which in turn is found in <i></i>the cells of many insects. Husband-and-wife …

Biology

Methane Hydrates: Environmental Armageddon or Energy Windfall?

<i>A chunk of methane hydrate ice burning</i><p>Buried deep along the continental shelves of many of the world's oceans is an intriguing, recently uncovered, hydrocarbon source: methane hydrates. Although the full extent of these deposits is unknown, preliminary estimates suggest they could represent the …

Earth Science

What we lose when we lose the world’s frogs

Amphibians survived the dinosaur extinction just fine. Why are they in peril now?<p>In September, a frog died in an Atlanta botanical garden. With it went an entire species never to hop along the Earth again. Biologists at Zoo Atlanta who’d looked after the frog for the past 12 years called him …

Biodiversity