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Mutant zebrafish reveals a turning point in spine’s evolution

A chance mutation that led to spinal defects in a zebrafish has opened a little window into our own fishy past. The single-letter mutation showed that both the ancient and modern recipes for spine development are still to be found in the fish genome.

Mutant zebrafish reveals a turning point in spine’s evolution

(Duke University) A chance mutation that led to spinal defects in a zebrafish has opened a little window into our own fishy past. The single-letter mutation showed that both the ancient and modern recipes for spine development are still to be found in the fish genome.

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Parasite infestations revealed by tiny chicken backpacks

Blood-feeding livestock mites can be detected with wearable sensor technology nicknamed ”Fitbits for chickens.” To help farmers detect mite infestations, a team of entomologists, computer scientists, and biologists has created a new insect detection system.

Emissions slashed today won’t slow warming until mid-century – The Economist

Jul 11th 2020 MUCH OF the international effort thus far to combat climate change has focused on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases, chief among them carbon dioxide. That is, of course, a rational approach. Global average temperatures are roughly 1.1°C…

Reconsidering the efficiency of grazing exclusion using fences on the Tibetan Plateau

(Science China Press) A study about grazing exclusion using fences on the Tibetan Plateau by a team of researchers from China, Australia and Japan recently published in Science Bulletin, and commented in the Editors’ choice column of Science.

Reopening Has Risks. So Did The Industrial Revolution

Some commentators, searching for a parallel between COVID-19 and climate change, argue that the pandemic and lockdown show what we’re capable of if only we apply the same determination to the climate. This ruinous lockdown has thus provided a glimpse…

Babies like it when you imitate them

A baby smiles and laughs. You smile and laugh right back. The baby pounds his tiny, curled-up fist on the table. You mirror his action, lightly pounding yours back. This imitation game comes naturally. It’s a simple way for parents…

Siberia Is Experiencing Record Highs — 40 Degrees Above Average

Siberia is experiencing record high temperatures that are nearly 40 degrees Fahrenheit above average. To put things in perspective, The Washington Post writes that some areas are hotter than Washington right now. Snow cover is disappearing, sea ice is melting, and in 2020 fashion, we now have “zombie blazes”