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Sugar brings a lot of carbon dioxide into the deeper sea

The oceans are a very important reservoir for carbon in the system of the earth. However, many aspects of the marine carbon cycle are still unknown. Scientists have now found that sugar plays an important role in this process. At the same time, the sweet energy source is important for the ecosystem of the oceans.

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Sugar brings a lot of carbon dioxide into the deeper sea

The oceans are a very important reservoir for carbon in the system of the earth. However, many aspects of the marine carbon cycle are still unknown. Scientists have now found that sugar plays an important role in this process. At the same time, the sweet energy source is important for the ecosystem of the oceans.

Everything you know about hand-washing is probably wrong

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to wash your hands correctly, right? Wet, lather, rinse. For good measure, sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while you’re scrubbing to make sure you washed for the full 20 seconds the…

How to make hand sanitizer

Have you tried to buy hand sanitizer lately? With the coronavirus spreading and an outbreak in the U.S. likely, Americans are stocking up on cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer just like they do with milk and bread before a snowstorm….

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New immunotherapeutic strategy shows promise in eradicating infectious biofilms

The same way baking soda breaks down grease and grime, making surfaces easier to clean, researchers now show that a new therapeutic molecule can break apart communities of harmful bacteria, opening the way for bacteria-killing antibiotics to more effectively clear out infections.

Mystery of marine recycling squad solved

(Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology) Nitrogen cycling in shelf waters is crucial to reduce surplus nutrients, which rivers pour out into the ocean. Yet many of its aspects are poorly understood. Scientists from Bremen have now succeeded in finding answers to a longstanding mystery in a key process of the nitrogen cycle.

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A previously unknown mechanism enables bacterial antibiotic resistance

Researchers have described a previously unrecognized mechanism of bacterial transcriptional regulation that is obviously widespread in bacteria. In the future, their findings could also help fight antibiotic resistance.

Modern Africans and Europeans may have more Neanderthal ancestry than previously thought

(Cell Press) Neanderthal DNA sequences may be more common in modern Africans than previously thought, and different non-African populations have levels of Neanderthal ancestry surprisingly similar to each other, finds a study publishing Jan. 30 in the journal Cell. Researchers arrived at these findings by developing a new statistical method, called IBDmix, to identify Neanderthal sequences in the genomes of modern humans.