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Severe ozone depletion avoided

We are already reaping the rewards of the Montreal Protocol, with the ozone layer in much better shape than it would have been without the UN treaty, according to a new study in Nature Communications.

dateMay 26, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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First smartphone app that predicts GPA created

If you're a college student wondering how your study and party habits will affect your GPA, wonder no longer. Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues have built the first app that automatically predicts ...

dateMay 26, 2015 in Software
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A solar eclipse sheds light on physics

On 29 May 1919, a shadow dance took place over the Caribbean which was to make history: While the new moon covered the blazingly bright disk of the Sun, astronomers around Arthur Stanley Eddington measured ...

dateMay 26, 2015 in Astronomy
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DNA mutations get harder to hide

Rice University researchers have developed a method to detect rare DNA mutations with an approach hundreds of times more powerful than current methods.

dateMay 26, 2015 in Biochemistry
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From worker to queen at the drop of a gene

Biologists from the University of Leicester have discovered that one of nature's most important pollinators - the buff-tailed bumblebee – either ascends to the status of queen or remains a lowly worker ...

dateMay 26, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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