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Barren Amazon May Cause Drier Winters On US West Coast

Nov 15, 13 Barren Amazon May Cause Drier Winters On US West Coast

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What would happen if the Amazon basin – home to the world’s largest rainforest – was completely stripped of its trees, through human activity as well as global warming?

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Some Marsupials Have Fast, Furious And Fatal Sex Lives

Oct 11, 13 Some Marsupials Have Fast, Furious And Fatal Sex Lives

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Some Australian marsupials -- animals that carry their young in stomach pouches -- have a very unusual sex life.

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Of Bees And Bravery

Oct 05, 13 Of Bees And Bravery

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When it comes to being scared and running away from predators, individual bees show more grit than the colony, according to a new study on Asian honey bees published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Controlling Pests By Controlling Their Libido

Aug 29, 13 Controlling Pests By Controlling Their Libido

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Getting rid of pests is a farmer’s nightmare. A single pair of mosquitoes having sex can breed thousands of young mosquitoes within weeks. But, what if you could stop them from breeding too much? And what better way to stop them from having sex than to cut down their libido?

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To Drink Or Not To Drink: The Caffeine Conundrum

Aug 23, 13 To Drink Or Not To Drink: The Caffeine Conundrum

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If there is one thing scientists can agree on, it is to disagree. First, there was the one study in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings that warned youngsters under the age of 55 to refrain from drinking more than four cups of coffee a day. Too much caffeine could make you die earlier, they reported. Then, after just a few days, there was another study that claimed that caffeine could help protect the liver, especially in people with fatty liver disease.

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Stopping The Spread Of The Mutant Flu Virus

Aug 16, 13 Stopping The Spread Of The Mutant Flu Virus

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It is the perfect setting for one of Robin Cook’s genetic-experiments-gone-wrong stories. Virus causes disease. Scientists create mutant form of virus to develop a cure. Mutant virus escapes from lab and wreaks havoc. Only this time, scientists have figured out a way to prevent it before it actually happens.

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How Plants Protect Themselves From Too Much Sunlight

Aug 10, 13 How Plants Protect Themselves From Too Much Sunlight

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Plants need just the right amount of sunlight to make food for themselves, as well as the entire food chain that depends on them. However, too much or too little light can stress them out. So, when the amount of sunlight fluctuates, how do they keep a cool head?

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Sole-Mate: How The Single-Partner System Evolved In Mammals

Aug 04, 13 Sole-Mate: How The Single-Partner System Evolved In Mammals

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Unless you live in the Middle East, where polygamy is legal in some countries, you are probably married to only one partner at a time in your life. Monogamy makes sense from the point of view of maintaining a harmonious society, but from an evolutionary point of view, it doesn't give a species much of an advantage.

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