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Lobster’s Underbelly Is as Tough as Industrial Rubber

Flip a lobster on its back, and you’ll see that the underside of its tail is split in segments connected by a translucent membrane that appears rather vulnerable when compared with the armor-like carapace that shields the rest of the crustacean.

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The Deep-See Peers into the Depths

In the ocean's shadowy depths lies one of the Earth's last frontiers: the ocean twilight zone.

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Study Finds Reduction in Seabird Bycatch Since 2002, but Researchers Urge Vigilance as Rates Rising

A collaborative effort among the fishing industry, scientists and resource managers has led to a significant reduction in seabird bycatch in Alaskan longline fisheries since 2002, a new study documents, but researchers say that bycatch incidents are now increasing.

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New Method to Detect Cancer Cells Faster, Potentially Improving Outcomes

The days – or even weeks – spent waiting for the results of a cancer-screening test can feel like an eternity. Especially when early diagnosis and quick action are tied to better outcomes.

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Sulfate Helps Plants Cope with Water Scarcity

Plants absorb the mineral sulfate from groundwater.

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Climate Change Makes Summer Weather Stormier Yet More Stagnant

Climate change is shifting the energy in the atmosphere that fuels summertime weather, which may lead to stronger thunderstorms and more stagnant conditions for midlatitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including North America, Europe, and Asia, a new MIT study finds.

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How a Flipping Crab Led Researchers to Discover That a Commercially Harvested Species Feeds at Methane Seeps

Researchers have documented a group of tanner crabs vigorously feeding at a methane seep on the seafloor off British Columbia – one of the first times a commercially harvested species has been seen using this energy source.

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How Zebra Stripes Disrupt Flies’ Flight Patterns

Scientists learned in recent years why zebras have black and white stripes — to avoid biting flies. 

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Mega Experiment Shows Species Interact More Towards Tropics and Lowlands

One of the largest field experiments ever conducted is providing the best evidence yet in support of a key Darwinian theory—that interactions between species are stronger toward the tropics and at lower elevations.

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Planting 1.2 Trillion Trees Could Cancel Out a Decade of CO2 Emissions, Scientists Find

There is enough room in the world’s existing parks, forests, and abandoned land to plant 1.2 trillion additional trees, which would have the CO2 storage capacity to cancel out a decade of carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new analysis by ecologist Thomas Crowther and colleagues at ETH Zurich, a Swiss university.

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