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Sea otters have low genetic diversity like other threatened species, biologists report

Sea otters have very low genetic diversity, scientists report. Their findings have implications for the conservation of rare and endangered species, in which a lack of genetic diversity can increase the risk of extinction.

New Analysis Of Great Barrier Reef Coral Helps Improve Climate Records

Newly developed geological techniques help uncover the most accurate and high-resolution climate records to date, according to a new study. The research finds that the standard practice of using modern and fossil coral to measure sea-surface temperatures may not be…

New insight from Great Barrier Reef coral provides correction factor to climate records

Newly developed geological techniques help uncover the most accurate and high-resolution climate records to date, according to a new study. The research finds that the standard practice of using modern and fossil coral to measure sea-surface temperatures may not be as straightforward as originally thought. By combining high-resolution microscopic techniques and geochemical modeling, researchers are using the formational history of Porites coral skeletons to fine-tune the records used to make global climate predictions.

Scientists challenge notion of binary sexuality with naming of new plant species

(Pensoft Publishers) A collaborative team of scientists from the US and Australia has named a new plant species from the remote Outback. Bucknell University biology postdoctoral fellow Angela McDonnell and professor Chris Martine led the description of the plant that had confounded field biologists for decades because of the unusual fluidity of its flower form. The discovery, published in the open-access journal PhytoKeys, offers a powerful example of the diversity of sexual forms found among plants.

Elsevier launches Current Research journals

(Elsevier) Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, continues to expand its offering of gold open access titles with the launch of Current Research, a series of primary research titles spanning the life and physical sciences. Current Research will serve as a companion to the highly-regarded Current Opinion review journals.

U-M researchers testing ways to make aspen-dominated forests resilient to climate change

(University of Michigan) In an aspen-dominated hardwood forest at the northern tip of the state’s Lower Peninsula, University of Michigan scientists are testing ways to make the region’s forests more resilient to climate change.

A shady spot may protect species against rapid climate warming

A shady refuge on a hot day could be more than a simple comfort in a warming world. Finding a cooler spot might save several species that would otherwise go extinct due to global warming, according to a new analysis.

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It’s not easy being green

Despite how essential plants are for life on Earth, little is known about how parts of plant cells orchestrate growth and greening. By creating mutant plants, researchers have uncovered a cellular communication pathway sought by scientists for decades.