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Plants use underground fungus network to send ‘distress signals’ to each other

British researchers released a study on Thursday saying that plants can communicate with each other by using an underground network of fungi. According to the BBC, the study, published in the journal Ecology Letters, said that plants signal each other when they are under attack by aphids to that other…

Australian sky-gazers witness ‘ring of fire’ annular solar eclipse

Sky-gazers were treated to an annular solar eclipse in remote areas of Australia on Friday, with the Moon crossing in front of the Sun to leave a “ring of fire” around its silhouette. The eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun but is too…

Meteorite crater reveals future of a globally warmed world

Lake sediments recorded the climate of the Arctic during the last period when CO2 levels were as high as today The future of a globally warmed world has been revealed in a remote meteorite crater in Siberia, where lake sediments recorded the strikingly balmy climate of the Arctic during the…

Traces of water in moon came from Earth: study

Lunar rocks brought home by US astronauts contain droplets of water chemically identical to that on ancient Earth Traces of water inside the moon were inherited from ancient Earth, according to a fresh analysis of lunar rocks brought home by US astronauts. The findings make for a clearer picture of…

Researchers develop new tool in HIV vaccine fight

US researchers have developed a new test to identify antibodies capable of fighting most strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in a breakthrough that could accelerate the hunt for a vaccine. A report published in the journal Science on Thursday said that scientists at the National Institute of…

Scientists infect mosquitos with bacteria to curb malaria transmission

US scientists have found a way to infect mosquitoes with bacteria in order to break the chain of malaria transmission, according to research published Thursday in a leading scientific journal. A similar approach has helped cut back on dengue in some locations, and researchers hope that the findings could offer…

Researchers discover that exploring and adventure is what makes a personality

The act of exploring helps shape the brain and adventuring is what makes each individual different, according to a study out Thursday by researchers in Germany. The findings published in the US journal Science may offer new paths to treating psychiatric diseases, scientists said. Researchers sought to pin down why…

Omega-3 fatty acids not beneficial for high-risk heart disease patients

Fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids are not beneficial for patients at high risk of cardiovascular troubles and already being medicated, a study found Wednesday. In the study, carried out in 2010 in Italy with 12,513 patients, half the group took an omega-3 supplement and the other half…

Prince Charles criticizes ‘corporate lobbyists’ and climate change skeptics for turning Earth into a ‘dying patient’

Prince uses speech at St James’s Palace to single out ‘confirmed sceptics’ and environmentally unfriendly businesses The Prince of Wales has criticised “corporate lobbyists” and climate change sceptics for turning the earth into a “dying patient”, in his most outspoken attack yet on the world’s failure to tackle global warming.…

Term limits ‘encourage legislative myopia’ and jeopardize fiscal health: study

Conservatives have pushed for term limits to rein in government largesse and a majority of Americans support the idea. But the cure could be worse than the disease. Research by Jeff Cummins, a political science professor at California State University in Fresno, found that term limits for legislators promoted government…

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