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Plant hormone makes space farming possible

With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it...
Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis

Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis

Mammal diversity will take millions of years to recover from the current biodiversity crisis Humans are exterminating animal and plant species so quickly that nature's...

This RNA-based technique could make gene therapy more effective

Delivering functional genes into cells to replace mutated genes, an approach known as gene therapy, holds potential for treating many types of diseases. The earliest...

How wasp and bee stinger designs help deliver the pain

Next time you’re stung by a wasp or a honeybee, consider the elegantly designed stinger that caused you so much pain. In a new study,...

Why Tardigrades are some of the most hardcore critters on the planet?

It can survive drying out, extreme heat and cold, and even exposure to vacuum. The humble tardigrade can be found practically anywhere there’s enough water...

Harvest solar fuels through a bacterium’s unusual appetite for gold

A bacterium named Moorella thermoacetica won't work for free. But UC Berkeley researchers have figured out it has an appetite for gold. And in exchange for...
A warmer spring leads to less plant growth in summer

A warmer spring leads to less plant growth in summer

Bad news for the climate: plants start growing earlier in the spring but, contrary to popular belief, this results in considerably less CO2 absorption Climate...

Scientists discover unexpected enzyme structure

Many microbes have an enzyme that can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide. This reaction is critical for building carbon compounds and generating energy, particularly...
‘Spacesuits’ protect microbes destined to live in space

‘Spacesuits’ protect microbes destined to live in space

Just as spacesuits help astronauts survive in inhospitable environments, newly developed "spacesuits" for bacteria allow them to survive in environments that would otherwise kill...
Microbial Dark Matter Dominates Earth’s Environments

Microbial dark matter dominates Earth’s environments

Uncultured microbes--those whose characteristics have never been described because they have not yet been grown in a lab culture--could be dominating nearly all the...