Rock weathering may have led to 'Snowball Earth'
NASA completes Rodent Research-1 operations on the International Space Station
With the successful completion of mission operations for Rodent Research-1, NASA has brought an important new biological research capability into space. NASA's rodent research hardware system enables researchers ...
Geologists cite hair as 'human provenance tool'
Scott Samson, professor of Earth sciences and a faculty fellow of the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI), is leading a multiyear study of strontium (Sr), a metallic element found in ...
Many microbiome studies flawed by contamination
Many published microbiome studies are likely to have been contaminated and may incorrectly report the presence of microorganisms unintentionally introduced from the laboratory environment, says a study published in the open ...
Mussels on California Coast contaminated with giardia transmitted from land-based sources
The pathogen Giardia duodenalis is present in mussels from freshwater run-off sites and from areas where California Sea Lions lounge along the coast of California, according to a team of researchers from t ...
Breaking down DNA by genome
New DNA sequencing technologies have greatly advanced genomic and metagenomic studies in plant biology. Scientists can readily obtain extensive genetic information for any plant species of interest, at a relatively low cost, ...
Assessing cotton fiber quality from a tiny sample
At a time when there is an uptick in U.S. cotton exports, it's not surprising that the Agricultural Research Service's Southern Regional Research Center (SRRC), located in New Orleans, Louisiana, upgraded ...
Western Australian sea lions infected with high rate of Giardia
A startling proportion of West Australia's sea lion population is infected with the parasite Giardia duodenalis, research has found.
Manure offsets fertiliser's nano-scale changes
A UWA study has shown how long-term use of chemical fertilisers changes the soil on a nanoparticle scale and how these changes can be avoided by adding organic matter such as manure.
Research team finds evidence of oil residue in Gulf two years after BP spill
(Phys.org) —Oil residue remained in the Gulf of Mexico two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a study headed by a University of Florida professor.
Bait dumping offers invaders path to Great lakes
A scientific paper released Thursday says the bait fish trade represents a serious threat for spreading invasive species in the Great Lakes area.
Lack of diversity a weak link for dolphins
Limited gene flow between groups of Australian snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in WA's north may make them more vulnerable to the environmental impacts of coastal industrial developments.
Analytic technique offers arson investigators faster, more accurate results
A research group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has demonstrated a new method for detecting ignitable liquids that could change the way arson fires are investigated. The new process ...
White bread helps boost some of the gut's 'good' microbes
White-bread lovers take heart. Scientists are now reporting that this much-maligned food seems to encourage the growth of some of our most helpful inhabitants—beneficial gut bacteria. In addition to this ...