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The Chemistry of Summer's Pretty Insect

July 2, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

As fireflies are delighting children across the country with their nighttime displays, scientists are closing in on a better understanding of how the insects produce their enchanting glow. They have reported new evidence of how the beetles’ chemistry works.

'Safe Alternative' St. John's Wort Has Same Side Effects as Antidepressants

July 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

Researchers have compared the pattern of spontaneous reported adverse drug reactions to St. John...

Targeted LEDs May Be Efficient Enough to Grow Plants in Space

July 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

A study has showed that targeting plants with red and blue LEDs provides energy-efficient...

The Top 10 New Species of 2015

July 1, 2015 1:55 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has announced the Top 10 New Species as...

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Tonight’s Forecast: A Chance of Migrating Birds

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Oklahoma | News | Comments

Using the nation’s weather radar network, two doctoral students have developed a technique for forecasting something other than the weather: the orientation behavior of birds as they migrate through the atmosphere at night. The students have discovered a way to use the latest dual-polarization radar upgrade to measure broad-scale flight orientation of nocturnal migrant birds.

Record Soybean Crop Planted But Rain Slows Progress

June 30, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground in the U.S., though a wet few months have kept farmers from planting in some states. The planted soybean acreage is 2 percent more than in 2014, with the largest increases found in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Tennessee.

Image of the Week: Foraging is More Sustainable than Grain Feeds

June 30, 2015 2:20 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Small-scale livestock farming in the tropics can become more intensive yet sustainable if more and better forage is used to feed the animals being reared. This could benefit farming endeavors in rural South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, and see a move away from the increased reliance on grain-based feeds.


Midwestern Flooding Risk Underestimated by Five Feet

June 30, 2015 2:20 pm | by Washington Univ. in St. Louis | News | Comments

As floodwaters surge along major rivers in the Midwestern U.S., a new study suggests federal agencies are underestimating historic 100-year flood levels on these rivers by as much as five feet, a miscalculation that has serious implications for future flood risks, flood insurance and business development in an expanding floodplain.

Baby Kangaroo Given Second Chance – in Wallaby Pouch

June 30, 2015 1:39 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Makaia, a baby tree kangaroo, was just over 5-weeks-old after his 3-year-old mother was killed by a falling tree branch in November at an Australian zoo. So, the zookeepers set the kangaroo up with a foster mother– a wallaby.

Nature Hikes Battle Mental Illness, Study Says

June 30, 2015 11:54 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Take a hike– it might just clear your mind of the clutter of the modern world. A 90-minute walk in a natural setting reduces a harmful thought process, and decreases activity in a part of the brain associated with mental illness and depression.

‘Centipede from Hell’ Discovered Deep in Croatian Mountain

June 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Deep under a mountain in Croatia, lurking in the darkest and deepest caves known to man, lurks a predator. Its powerful jaws bear poison glands, it has elongated antennae to feel out the unremitting dark and long curved claws allow it to seize and tightly hold prey.

Research Sheds Light on Sprite Formation

June 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Florida Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new study has improved our understanding of a spectacular phenomena, called sprites, which are fireworks-like electrical discharges, sometimes preceded by halos of light, in earth's upper atmosphere. It has been long thought that atmospheric gravity waves play an important role in the initiation of sprites but no previous studies provided convincing arguments to support that idea.


SCOTUS Rules Against EPA

June 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Sam Hananel | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators. The justices split 5 to 4 along ideological lines to rule that the EPA failed to take cost into account when it first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.

Don’t Blame Earthquake for Mud Volcano Disaster

June 29, 2015 12:43 pm | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

New research hopes to close the debate on whether a major mud volcano disaster in Indonesia was triggered by an earthquake or had man-made origins.

Two Decades After Rwanda Genocide Wiped Them Out, Lions Reintroduced to African Nation

June 29, 2015 10:02 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The frenzied killing left as many as 1 million dead in just 100 days. But amid the chaos of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the nation’s lions were also wiped out. Now, two decades after they were killed in the country-wide horror, the big cats are being brought back.

Attractive Female Flies Are Harmed by Males

June 29, 2015 7:00 am | by The Univ. of Queensland | News | Comments

Too much male sexual attention harms attractive females, according to a new research. The study showed that male harassment of females hampered the species’ ability to adapt to new environmental conditions.

Rats Dream of a Happy Future

June 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. College London | News | Comments

During sleep or rest, a rat’s hippocampus starts planning future paths to seek out food. According to researchers, the brain appears to be rehearsing totally novel journeys that the animals need to take in order to reach the food.


Your Cat Isn’t Cute and Harmless

June 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. of Exeter | News | Comments

Cat owners fail to realize the impact of their cat on wildlife according to new research. Cats are increasingly earning themselves a reputation as wildlife killers with estimates of animals killed every year by domestic cats in the UK numbering into the millions.

Life in Antarctic is Diverse, Unusually Structured

June 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by Monash Univ. | News | Comments

In a comprehensive assessment of Antarctic biodiversity, scientists have revealed the region is more diverse and biologically interesting than previously thought. The researchers looked at how recent investigations have revealed the continent and surrounding ocean is rich in species.

Flag Smut Infecting Kansas Wheat for First Time Since 1930s

June 26, 2015 12:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A fungal infection not seen on Midwestern wheat since the Great Depression is now reported to be spreading, according to reports. Flag smut has infested 39 fields in western and central Kansas– the first time it’s been spotted in the state since the 1930s.

ICYMI: Failed GM Wheat, Urine in the Pool, Nike Raises $1 B for Cancer Research

June 26, 2015 8:17 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's new Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week. A failed, costly GM wheat project from the UK, unhealthy pool conditions, and a huge donation for early cancer detection research are on the menu this week. 

Baboon Troops Make Democratic Decisions

June 25, 2015 3:17 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Baboons make group decisions based more on a democratic spirit than the power of the alpha males, according to a new study. The primates made decisions together where to go and what to do.

Legal Weed Damages the Environment

June 25, 2015 2:20 pm | by UC Berkeley | News | Comments

The debate over the legalization of marijuana has focused primarily on questions of law, policy and health. But a new paper shines a spotlight on the environment as an underappreciated victim of the plant’s growing popularity as a cash crop.

Court: Dutch Gov’t Must Cut 25% of Emissions

June 24, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Mike Corder | News | Comments

In a sweeping victory for Dutch environmental activists that could have global repercussions, a court ordered the government Wednesday to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020. The ruling by The Hague District Court could lay the foundations for similar cases around the world.

Heat Wave-causing Weather Patterns Are More Frequent

June 24, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

Daily weather patterns have changed in recent decades, making eastern North America, Europe and western Asia more prone to nastier summer heat waves that go beyond global warming, a new study has found.

Invasive Flatworm Spreading to U.S., Caribbean

June 24, 2015 9:55 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The New Guinea flatworm is a highly invasive species from Pacific with a taste for snails. And its rapid spread is threatening a growing list of continents and countries, including the mainland U.S., says a French research team.

Glimpse Into Earth Comes from Outer Space

June 24, 2015 7:00 am | by ESA | Videos | Comments

After a year in orbit, the three Swarm satellites have provided a first glimpse inside Earth and started to shed new light on the dynamics of the upper atmosphere– all the way from the ionosphere about 100 km above, through to the outer reaches of our protective magnetic shield.

Image of the Week: Lava Flows from Mount Sinabung at Night

June 23, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In this long-exposure photo by Binsar Bakkara, hot lava flows from the crater of Mount Sinabung as seen from a location about 3.7 miles from the volcano, in Tiga Kicat, in Indonesia's North Sumatra province early Tuesday.

Darwin's Famous Finches Show Species Have Limits

June 23, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. of Edinburgh | News | Comments

A bird family that helped Charles Darwin devise his theory has offered new insight into island biodiversity. Darwin’s finches, which the famous naturalist collected from the Galapagos Islands, have reached a plateau in terms of how many different species of the birds can exist at any given time.

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