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Making tomorrow's bioenergy yeasts strong

Cornstalks, wheat straw, and other rough, fibrous, harvest-time leftovers may soon be less expensive to convert into cellulosic ethanol, thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists' studies of a promising new ...

dateAug 25, 2011 in Biotechnology
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Researchers clarify bacterial resistance

Just like plants and animals, bacteria have a range of defence mechanisms against viruses and other threats. Dutch researchers at the Wageningen Laboratory for Microbiology and their American and Russian colleagues have largely ...

dateJun 24, 2011 in Cell & Microbiology
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Digging for past clues on climate change

Scientists are hoping samples of soil formed up to 20,000 years ago that they dug from the Meadowlands will provide clues to dramatic shifts in climate, geology and plant life that may have hit the region in the past.

dateJun 20, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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Japan finds radiation traces in whales

Japanese whale hunters have found traces of radioactive caesium in two of the ocean giants recently harpooned off its shores in the Pacific Ocean, a fisheries agency official said Wednesday.

dateJun 15, 2011 in Environment
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Cover crop seeder pulls triple duty for small farms

Farmers using a cover crop seeder developed by Penn State agricultural scientists may eventually need only a single trip across the field to accomplish what takes most farmers three passes and several pieces ...

dateMay 23, 2011 in Ecology
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