This new chestnut?  USDA plans to allow release of genetically modified trees into wild forests

This new chestnut? USDA plans to allow release of genetically modified trees into wild forests

Although many Americans still associate the winter holidays with chestnuts, the tree that once produced them – the American chestnut – no longer does, except in rare cases. During the first half of the 20th century, billions of chestnut trees died due to an exotic fungus, which was introduced into this country on Japanese chestnut. …

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The stars that kill the planet can conceal their crimes. Here’s how we might catch them.

Although they have provided a nurturing home for planets for billions of years, stars sometimes turn treacherous and eat their children. Over time, the evidence of this filicide sinks into the heart of a star, never to be seen again. But now astronomers have found a way to catch the killer stars red-handed and figure …

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Wildlife conference bolsters protection for sharks and turtles

Wildlife conference bolsters protection for sharks and turtles

PANAMA CITY (AP) — An international wildlife conference has moved to enact some of the most important protections for shark species targeted in the fin trade and dozens of turtles, lizards and frogs whose numbers are being decimated by the pet trade. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, …

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Beyond the Universe (Chronicle: Spy's Eye)

Beyond the Universe (Chronicle: Spy’s Eye)

By DC Pathak New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS): Science is always looking for an equation to confirm a proposition while philosophy rises above the details and reaches empirical deduction through the imagination. Theories of the universe combine science and philosophy – the latter inevitably bringing the idea of ​​God to fill unexplained gaps in man’s …

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A tribal man from the Naxalite region is now a genetics scientist in the United States

A tribal man from the Naxalite region is now a genetics scientist in the United States

Express press service MAHARASHTRA: It was no easy journey for this tribal boy from the Naxalite region of Chandrapur in Maharashtra, who once wanted to be an IAS officer but later became a genetic scientist in the United States. Bhaskar Chhintaman Halami completed his primary school in his small village of Chandrapur. “It was a …

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Human evolution was not just a score, but how it was played: Research |  Health

Human evolution was not just a score, but how it was played: Research | Health

A group of human DNA sequences that appear to have evolved rapidly after our family line split from that of chimpanzees, but before our split from Neanderthals, have been discovered by a team of Duke scientists. These sequences are thought to be responsible for changes in brain development, digestion and immunity. Compared to our monkey …

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A study tries to discover the best land/ocean ratio for the habitability of exoplanets

A study tries to discover the best land/ocean ratio for the habitability of exoplanets

The Earth is approximately 29% land and 71% ocean. How important is this mix for habitability? What does it tell us about the habitability of exoplanets? There are very few places on Earth where life has not taken hold. Multiple factors contribute to the overall habitability of our planet: abundant liquid water, plate tectonics, volume …

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‘Tangled mess of inaction’: Hundreds of endangered species recovery plans expire in next six months

Hundreds of endangered species recovery plans will reach their expiry date in the next six months as the government mulls over how to reform Australia’s flawed environmental protection system. Documents given to Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws detail how a lack of resources, disagreements with state governments and the growing list of endangered …

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