Archive: 10/05/2011

No safety in numbers for moths and butterflies

Scientists at the University of Leeds (UK) are to investigate how lethal viruses attack differently sized populations of moths and butterflies in research that may open the door to new methods of pest control.

dateMay 10, 2011 in Ecology
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CO2 makes life difficult for algae

The acidification of the world's oceans could have major consequences for the marine environment. New research shows that coccoliths, which are an important part of the marine environment, dissolve when seawater acidifies.

dateMay 10, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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The body's power stations can affect aging

Mitochondria are the body's energy producers, the power stations inside our cells. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have now identified a group of mitochondrial proteins, the absence of which allows other ...

dateMay 10, 2011 in Cell & Microbiology
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Growing seal population threatens small-scale fishing

Seals and the fishing industry compete for fish of all types – no matter whether it is salmon, whitefish, herring or cod. Seal-safe fishing gear is the most sustainable solution, and we need knowledge about the behaviour ...

dateMay 10, 2011 in Ecology
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Researchers measure the value of a smile

( -- Researchers at Bangor University have placed an economic value on a smile, demonstrating scientifically the effect that a genuine smile can have on our decision-making. The psychologists call this ‘social ...

dateMay 10, 2011 in Social Sciences
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Microsoft agrees to buy Skype for $8.5B (Update)

(AP) -- Imagine using your Xbox and switching from a game to a video chat with a faraway friend holding an iPad. Or going into your office email to invite Grandma to a virtual family reunion beamed on TV sets to relatives ...

dateMay 10, 2011 in Business
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