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In blistering drought, California farmers rip up precious almond trees

This year’s historic drought in the western United States is threatening California’s almond production. As much as 88 percent of the state is suffering through “extreme...
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Mathematician reveals world’s oldest example of applied geometry

A scientist has revealed that an ancient clay tablet could be the oldest and most complete example of applied geometry. The surveyor's field plan...
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Giant bird-eating centipedes exist—and they’re surprisingly important for their ecosystem

On tiny Phillip Island, part of the South Pacific's Norfolk Island group, the Phillip Island centipede (Cormocephalus coynei) population can kill and eat up...
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How sex cells get the right genetic mix: An interdisciplinary approach solves a century-old...

A new discovery explains what determines the number and position of genetic exchanges that occur in sex cells, such as pollen and eggs in...
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Volcanic tremor and deformation at Kīlauea

Two new studies investigate activity at Hawaii’s Kīlauea leading up to and following the 2018 eruption to better understand the volcano’s plumbing and behavior. Kīlauea...
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Researchers find oxygen spike coincided with ancient global extinction

Now Florida State University researchers have found that the extinction coincided with a sudden spike and subsequent drop in the ocean's oxygen content. Their...
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Lake Huron sinkhole surprise: The rise of oxygen on early Earth linked to changing...

An international research team, including researchers from the University of Michigan, is proposing that increasing day length on the early Earth may have boosted...