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Enzyme discovery leads scientists further down path to pumping oil from plants

Enzyme discovery leads scientists further down path to pumping oil from plants | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
An enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by scientists studying a common green microalga called Botryococcus braunii.
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Aging couples connected in sickness and health | Science Daily

As the world's population of older adults increases, so do conversations around successful aging -- including seniors' physical, mental and social well-being. Two major factors can predict an older person's quality of life: the physical health and the cognitive functioning of the person's spouse.
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Galapagos hawks hand down lice like family heirlooms | Science Codex

Galapagos hawks hand down lice like family heirlooms | Science Codex | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Studying Galápagos hawks and their lice, biologists provide some of the first field evidence for co-divergence between parasites and hosts as a major driver of biodiversity. As the birds diversify into distinct populations on each island, their parasites diversify with them. The findings help explain the rapid rate of parasite evolution.
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Losing sleep over your divorce? Your blood pressure could suffer | Science Daily

It's normal for people to experience trouble sleeping after a divorce, but if sleep problems last too long, they can lead to potentially harmful increases in blood pressure, a new study finds. The research suggests that poor sleep quality might be one of the reasons divorce is linked to negative health effects.
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How parents, romantic partners influence student spending: Romantic partners may be even more important than Mom and Dad in shaping college students' financial habits

How parents, romantic partners influence student spending: Romantic partners may be even more important than Mom and Dad in shaping college students' financial habits | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Romantic partners may be even more important than Mom and Dad in influencing college students' financial behaviors, according to a new paper based on the findings of an ongoing American study.
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Transgenic crops: Multiple toxins not a panacea for pest control | Science Daily

New findings could improve management practices for current biotech crops and promote development of new varieties that are more effective and more durable. Despite extensive planting of transgenic cotton that produces two toxins active against the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa zea), insecticide sprays against this voracious caterpillar pest have increased in the United States, experts say.
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Generating a genome to feed the world: African rice sequenced | Science Daily

Generating a genome to feed the world: African rice sequenced | Science Daily | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
An international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of African rice. The new information will enable scientists and agriculturalists to develop varieties of rice that can survive in a changing climate.
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Living desert underground: In perpetual darkness of limestone cave, surprisingly diverse ecosystem of microbes | Science Daily

Living desert underground: In perpetual darkness of limestone cave, surprisingly diverse ecosystem of microbes | Science Daily | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a surprisingly diverse ecosystem of microbes in a limestone cave near Tucson, Arizona, eking out a living from not much more than drip water, rock and air.
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