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Global warming: more insects, eating more crops

Crop losses for critical food grains will increase substantially as the climate warms, as rising temperatures boost the metabolic rate and population growth of...

This body clock trick makes us more patient

Faster countdowns may make people more patient Not only does time fly when people have fun, but when time flies by on a countdown clock,...
Scientists discover protein that may have existed when life began

Scientists discover protein that may have existed when life began

The primordial peptide may have appeared 4 billion years ago How did life arise on Earth? Rutgers researchers have found among the first and perhaps only...

Scientists find a new way to understand odors

A mathematical model reveals a map for odors from the natural environment Every smell, from a rose to a smoky fire to a pungent fish,...

Scientists solve 30-year wheat stripe rust genetics puzzle

Stripe rust is aggressive and adapts easily to different climates. Scientists have isolated the first major resistance genes against stripe rust, which threatens to devastate...

What makes some species more likely to go extinct?

Though they say “tis impossible to be sure of anything but death and taxes,” a bit of financial chicanery may get you out of...

Is gene editing tech CRISPR worth the risk?

The gene editing technology CRISPR has prompted both breathless predictions of medical breakthroughs and warnings of apocalypse.  Recently, HBO’s John Oliver opened a Last Week...
Why are tropical forests so diverse

Why are tropical forests so diverse?

Ecologists have long struggled to explain why tropical forests have so many different species of trees. One dominant theory to emerge contends that each plant...

Laughing gas nitrous oxide may have given breath to early life on Earth

More than an eon ago, the sun shone dimmer than it does today, but the Earth stayed warm due to a strong greenhouse gas...
Evolution might favor 'survival of the laziest'

Evolution might favor ‘survival of the laziest’, says new study

New study found higher metabolic rates were a reliable predictor of extinction likelihood. If you've got an unemployed, 30-year-old adult child still living in the...