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In The Climate Debate, It’s Either Fake News, Biased News, Or No News

Take your pick. The Mainstream Media (MSM) are using all three to stifle debate on climate change just like the current presidential election. What has happened to the American news media in this country? I can remember a time when…

In The Climate Debate, It’s Either Fake News, Biased News, Or No News

Take your pick. The Mainstream Media (MSM) are using all three to stifle debate on climate change just like the current presidential election. What has happened to the American news media in this country? I can remember a time when…

Sea Angels and Sea Butterflies Reveal Climate Change Consequences – Scientific American

These winged water-dwellers are sea angels, floating marine slugs that may be the “canary in the coal mine” for severe ocean acidification caused by modern global warming. Sea angels and their fluttering counterparts, sea butterflies, are pteropods. Pteropods first evolved…

New insights into how the CRISPR immune system evolved

Although CRISPR-Cas has found many uses in biotechnology and medicine, it originates in nature, where it functions as a microbial immune system. Scientists shed new light on how CRISPR-Cas emerged early during the development of life on Earth, as well as how this immune system is constantly adapting to new challenges.

New tool to combat terrorism

(Flinders University) Forensic science experts at Flinders University are refining an innovative counter-terrorism technique that checks for environmental DNA in the dust on clothing, baggage, shoes or even a passport. “This microscopic environmental trace evidence, based on soil geochemical, bacterial and fungal analysis would complement and enhance current forensic intelligence tools,” lead researcher Dr Jennifer Young says in new research in Forensic Science International: Genetics.

Sexual lineage plays key role in transgenerational plasticity

A new pair of articles has shown that sexual lineage matters for how offspring receive adaptations from parents in stickleback fish. Researchers studied how parents who were exposed to predators passed the behavioral information to their offspring in different ways based on sex.

New genome alignment tool empowers large-scale studies of vertebrate evolution

Three new articles present major advances in understanding the evolution of birds and mammals, made possible by new methods for comparing the genomes of hundreds of species. Researchers developed a powerful new genome alignment method that has made the new studies possible, including the largest genome alignment ever achieved of more than 600 vertebrate genomes.

On the hunt for wild bananas in Papua New Guinea

(International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)) Scientists are racing to collect and conserve wild banana species. A recent expedition to the epicenter of banana diversity shows that wild species hold traits critical to helping the world’s favorite fruit survive climate change, pests and diseases

Google Boosts World Bank’s False Claim That Middle-East Crops Are At Risk

Google News today is promoting articles (see the Google-promoted PhysOrg article here, for example) about a speculative World Bank “study” claiming climate change is threatening crop production in the Middle East. The World Bank study is full of speculation but…