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Flower Power Cools Tropical Weather

June 17, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

The world is a cooler, wetter place because of flowering plants, according to new climate simulation results published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.  

Abandoned Mine Fungus Boosts Plant Growth

June 17, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

Repopulating the moon-like terrain around abandoned mines is slow work, but a new report suggests symbiotic fungi specifically adapted to toxic zones can give colonizing plant partners a strong foothold.  

Method Creates Nanoscale Gold Coating

June 17, 2010 4:42 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new, ultra-simple method for making layers of gold that measure only billionths of a meter thick. 


Amazon Deforestation Spikes Malaria

June 17, 2010 4:34 am | News | Comments

A team of scientists presents the most enumerated case to date linking increased incidence of malaria to land-use practices in the Amazon.  

Oxygen Makes Pharmaceuticals Greener

June 17, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

Production of a single kilogram of pharmaceuticals often yields hundreds of kilograms of chemical waste.  

Wild Sharks Harbor Drug-Resistant Bacteria

June 17, 2010 4:26 am | News | Comments

Researchers have found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in seven species of sharks and redfish captured in waters off Massachusetts, Florida, Louisiana and Belize.  

World Cup Ball Gets Mixed Review

June 17, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

It's supposed to raise soccer's score count this World Cup. But some players who've used Adidas' new “Jabulani” soccer ball don't like it.

Self-healing electronics on the microscale

June 16, 2010 1:51 pm | by Futurity | News | Comments

U. ILLINOIS (US)-Self-healing materials-a concept that has been successfully demonstrated for polymers and is being developed for applications such as coatings on large scale structures...


Robins hold clues in West Nile ‘crime story'

June 16, 2010 12:51 pm | by Futurity | News | Comments

U. ILLINOIS (US)-The primary culprit in spreading West Nile virus-the common mosquito, Culex pipiens-appears to have a significant, albeit unwitting, accomplice: the robin. “Robins...

Dr Shaker Offers Sound Advice

June 16, 2010 11:50 am | Articles | Comments

Developers and users of shaken bioreactors profit from the information and expertise available at


Did women and slaves drive Dixie down?

June 16, 2010 10:52 am | by Futurity | News | Comments

U. PENN (US)-When the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union in 1861, its founding fathers reckoned that they could build a nation and fight a war while uniting the Southern...

Tired but wide awake? Blame cytokines

June 16, 2010 9:51 am | by Futurity | News | Comments

EMORY (US)-Cytokines-products of the immune system-may be the culprits that cause insomnia, a new study finds. “Sleep disturbances are debilitating and often plague patients who have...

34-million-year-old fig wasp fossil found

June 16, 2010 7:51 am | by Futurity | News | Comments

U. LEEDS (UK)-The world’s oldest known example of a fig wasp has been found on the Isle of Wight. The fossil wasp is almost identical to the modern species, proving that this tiny but...

Human evolution mirrors the wheel's

June 16, 2010 6:51 am | by Futurity | News | Comments

DUKE (US)-While the evolution from the Neolithic solid stone wheel with a single hole for an axle to the sleek wheels of today’s racing bikes can be seen as the result of human...

Gay marriage campaigns fail to sway voters

June 16, 2010 6:51 am | by Futurity | News | Comments

NYU (US)-Campaigns on ballot measures pertaining to the legal status of same-sex couples, including gay marriage, have minimal impact on voters, a new study finds. “Most political...


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