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New fossil provides clarity to the history of Alligatoridae

Families are complicated. For members of the Alligatoridae family, which includes living caimans and alligators – this is especially true. They are closely related, but because of their similarity, their identification can even stump paleontologists.

‘Ocean 100’: Small group of companies dominates ocean economy

(Duke University) Most of the revenues extracted from use of the world’s oceans is concentrated among 100 transnational corporations. Dubbed the “Ocean 100” by researchers at Duke University and Stockholm University, these “blue economy” companies collectively generated $1.1 trillion in revenues in 2018, according to research published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. If the group were a country, it would have the world’s 16th-largest economy, roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Mexico.

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More management measures lead to healthier fish populations

Fish populations tend to do better in places where rigorous fisheries management practices are used, and the more measures employed, the better for fish populations and food production, according to a new article.

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Nigeria cattle crisis: how drought and urbanisation led to deadly land grabs

In February last year, Sunday Ikenna’s fields were green and lush. Then, one evening, a herd of cattle led into the farm by roving pastoralists crushed, ate, and uprooted the crops. “I lost everything. The situation was sorrowful, watching another…

Unravelling the mystery that makes viruses infectious

Researchers have for the first time identified the way viruses like the poliovirus and the common cold virus ‘package up’ their genetic code, allowing them to infect cells. The findings open up the possibility that drugs or anti-viral agents can be developed that would stop such infections.

Gut microbe may promote breast cancers

A microbe found in the colon and commonly associated with the development of colitis and colon cancer also may play a role in the development of some breast cancers, according to new research.