Terse Titles Cited08/31/15
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Sick Ants Seek Out Medicinal Food
Healthy ants wanted nothing to do with free-radical-rich foodstuff, but ants exposed to a pathogenic fungus sought the stuff, which upped their odds of survival. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Seaweed Bodyguards Coral Against Bullying Sea Stars
Crown-of-thorns sea stars are an underwater swarm of locusts that devour coralunless the coral is protected a layer of seaweed. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Cosmetic Ads' Science Claims Lack Foundation
An analysis of some 300 cosmetics ads in magazines found the vast majority of their science claims to be either false or too vague to judge.
Deep Voice Gives Politicians Electoral Boost
Two new studies find that a deeper voice gives a politican an edge over a higher-pitched opponent.
Vomit Machine Models Cruise-Ship Virus Spread
Using a simulated vomiting device, scientists determined that projectile vomiting can aerosolize norovirus-like particles, allowing the infection to spread short distances through the air. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Sunlight Activates Smog-Causing Chemicals in City Grime
The grime on city buildings and may actively contribute to urban air pollution. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Methane-Eating Microbes May Mitigate Arctic Emissions
A newly discovered strain of bacteria found in Arctic permafrost harvests methane from the airmeaning it could help mitigate the effects of warming. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Chinese Cave Graffiti Agrees With Site's Drought Evidence
Researchers linked dated graffiti about droughts in a cave in China to physical evidence in the cave of the water shortages, such as changes in ratios of stable isotopes in specific layers of stalagmites.
Whistled Language Forces Brain To Modify Usual Processing
Both hemispheres are involved in the brains of people interpreting a whistled variant of Turkish, compared with a left hemishphere dominance when listeners hear the spoken language.
Invertebrates Are Forgotten Victims Of 'Sixth Extinction'
Some 95 percent of catalogued Hawaiian land snails could already be extinct, and similar rates of invertebrate extinction could be happening around the world. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Nicotine-Chomping Bacteria Could Help Smokers Quit
Researchers isolated a bacterial enzyme that could break down nicotine before smokers get the buzz that keeps them coming back for more. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Women Left Out in Cold By Office AC Standards
Indoor climate control systems are based on 1960s standards that envisioned the typical office worker to be a 40-year-old 150-pound man.
Bite Me: The Mutation That Made Corn Kernels Consumable
A single point mutation in corn's ancestor teosinte got rid of the hard shell that used to encase every kernel.
Fish Slime Inspires New Eco-Sunscreen Ingredient
Researchers have developed a new eco-friendly sunscreen molecule that protects against both UV-A and UV-B rays, and could also be used to create more durable paints and plastics. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Microbes Deep under Seafloor Reflect Ancient Land Origins
Microbes 2,500 meters below the seafloor in Japan are most closely related to bacterial groups that thrive in forest soils on land, suggesting that they might be descendants of ones that survived when their terrestrial habitat was flooded 20 million...
Spicy Food Linked To Lower Risk Of Death
In a study of nearly half a million volunteers in China, those who ate chilies just a couple times a week had a 10 percent lower risk of death. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Bonobo Peeps May Be Necessary Language Precursors
Animal communication studies have shown only fixed vocalizations, such as alarm cries. But Bonobo chimps appear to have a call that has different meanings in different contexts.
Diminutive Peoples Took Different Paths To Petite
Adults of the West African Baka people and East African Ef and Sua peoples average less than five feet tall. But while the Ef and Sua are born small, the Baka have slow growth rates in infancy.
Forests Suck Up Less Carbon After Drought
Tree growth lags below normal for several years following droughts, a detail about carbon sequestration that climate models currently overlook. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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