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Microbes Deep under Seafloor Reflect Ancient Land Origins

Microbes 2,500 meters below the seafloor in Japan are most closely related to bacterial groups that thrive in forest soils on land, suggesting that they might be descendants of ones that survived when their terrestrial habitat was flooded 20 million years ago  ...

August 6, 2015 — Cynthia Graber

Diminutive Peoples Took Different Paths to Petite

Adults of the west African Baka people and east African Efé and Sua peoples average less than five feet tall. But while the Efé and Sua are born small, the Baka have slow growth rates in infancy  ...

August 3, 2015 — Cynthia Graber

Vaccine Aims at Fly Host of Disease Parasite

An experimental leishmaniasis vaccine relies on eliciting an immune response to a protein from the saliva of the sand fly that carries the leishmania parasite, rather than on anything from the parasite itself...

June 3, 2015 — Cynthia Graber

Mummy Mavens Unwrap Preservation Methods

In 1994 researchers made a mummy. Now scientists have reverse engineered the process to figure out how it's done, with the mummy makers still around to tell them how they did. Cynthia Graber reports  ...

May 27, 2015 — Cynthia Graber

Crop Rotation Works in the Sea, Too

Models show that leaving sea cucumbers unharvested in some underwater zones for two years at a time stabilizes the overall population and actually increases yield for fishers. Cynthia Graber reports  ...

May 13, 2015 — Cynthia Graber

Typing Style Reveals Fatigue or Disease

How a person types can reveal the state of their brain, according to a study that tracked keystrokes when the typist was alert or groggy. Cynthia Graber reports

 

April 8, 2015 — Cynthia Graber
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