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Market forces influence value of bat-provided services, such as pest control | ScienceDaily

Market forces influence value of bat-provided services, such as pest control | ScienceDaily | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Researchers studied how forces such as volatile market conditions and technological substitutes affect the value of pest control services provided by Mexican free-tailed bats on cotton production in the US. They found the services are impacted by the forces to the tune of millions of dollars.
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How men and women cooperate | ScienceDaily

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Cooperation is essential in any successful romantic relationship, but how men and women experience cooperation emotionally may be quite different, according to new research.
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Biotech crops vs. pests: Successes and failures from the first billion acres | ScienceDaily

Biotech crops vs. pests: Successes and failures from the first billion acres | ScienceDaily | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A landmark study analyzes why pest resistance to genetically modified crops evolved quickly in some cases, but not others. The global assessment could help to gauge the risk of resistance for new biotech crops before they are commercialized.
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Good days, bad days: When should you make sacrifices in a relationship? | ScienceDaily

A new study suggests that while making sacrifices in a romantic relationship is generally a positive thing, doing so on days when you are feeling especially stressed may not be beneficial.
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Marriage can threaten health: Study finds satisfied newlyweds more likely to gain weight | ScienceDaily

A study of 169 newlywed couples finds that spouses who are more satisfied with their marriage are more likely to gain weight because they are less likely to consider divorce and thus find a new partner.
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Heat-stressed cows spend more time standing | ScienceDaily

Animal scientists have found that cows stand for longer bouts of time on hot days. Standing allows cows to cool off, but standing also uses up more energy. If cows are encouraged to lie down, they may be more healthy and productive.
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Fish journeying upstream are hampered by hydropower dams: Facilities in northeastern U.S. fail to allow passage of migrating fish | ScienceDaily

Major hydropower dams in the northeastern United States, constructed with state-of-the-art features designed to allow migratory fish to pass through them on their way to spawn upstream, have failed in that regard, according to a new study.
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Moths wired two ways to take advantage of floral potluck | ScienceDaily

Moths wired two ways to take advantage of floral potluck | ScienceDaily | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Moths are able to enjoy a pollinator's buffet of flowers -- in spite of being among the insect world's picky eaters -- because of two distinct "channels" in their brains, scientists have discovered.
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Clearing up confusion on future of Colorado River flows | ScienceDaily

Leading experts on water issues in the Western U.S. have come together to establish what is known about the future of Colorado River water, and to understand the wide range of estimates for future flows.
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Flowers: Pistil leads pollen in life-and-death dance | ScienceDaily

Flowers: Pistil leads pollen in life-and-death dance | ScienceDaily | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Pollination, essential to much of life on earth, requires the explosive death of the male pollen tube in the female ovule. In new research, scientists describe the genetic and regulatory factors that compel the male's role in the process.
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Predicting infectious influenza | ScienceDaily

A new computer model could help scientists predict when a particular strain of avian influenza might become infectious from bird to human, according to a new report.
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'Strikingly similar' brains of human and fly may aid mental health research | ScienceDaily

'Strikingly similar' brains of human and fly may aid mental health research | ScienceDaily | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Scientists have revealed deep similarities in how the brain regulates behavior in arthropods (such as flies and crabs) and vertebrates (such as fish, mice and humans).
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Multi-toxin biotech crops not silver bullets, scientists warn | ScienceDaily

The widely used strategy of endowing crops with redundant toxins to fend off pests rests on flawed assumptions, researchers have discovered.
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Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain | ScienceDaily

A new study has found that participating in an eight-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating.
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Plant water demands shift with water availability | ScienceDaily

Plants can adapt to extreme shifts in water availability, such as drought and flooding, but their ability to withstand these extreme patterns will be tested by future climate change, according to a new study.
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Leggiest animal on Earth lives in outskirts of Silicon Valley | ScienceDaily

Leggiest animal on Earth lives in outskirts of Silicon Valley | ScienceDaily | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
With 750 legs, the millipede Illacme plenipes is the leggiest animal on Earth. Once believed extinct, scientists rediscovered the species in 2005 -- more than 80 years after it was first described.
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