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Tiny fishes fuel life on coral reefs

How coral reefs survive as oases of life in low-productivity oceans has puzzled scientists for centuries. The answer may lie in internal nutrient cycling...

Brains of blind people adapt to sharpen sense of hearing, study

Blind people often have a more nuanced sense of hearing, especially when it comes to musical abilities and tracking moving objects in space. But...

Exposure to chemical in Roundup increases risk for cancer

Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate, which acts by inhibiting the plant enzyme...

Iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovered in Antarctica

Almost 250 million years ago, Antarctica is believed to be covered in forests and rivers, and the temperature rarely dipped below freezing. It also had diverse...

Bottle feeding may play role in whether kids are left-handed

Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed the baby. It provides all the nutrition that baby needs during the first six months of...

Scientists developed a new houseplant that can clean your home’s air

Most of us use air filters to keep our home clean and pollution free. But these air filters involve small hazardous molecules such as...

UW glaciologist gets first look at NASA’s new measurements of ice sheet elevation

ICESat-2 (short for Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite)- launched on Sept. 15, 2018, uses lasers and a very precise detection instrument to measure...

Underwater sensors for monitoring sea life

Collecting power from the sea, through turning submerged turbines or bouncing wave-energy converters, is a rising outskirt in the sustainable power source. Specialists have...

What social stress in monkeys can tell us about human health

Even though stress is a normal physical reaction, it can sometimes have negative effects on your health. It wears down the body and compromises the...

Global warming wiped out 95% of marine life 252 million years ago

A new study by the University of Washington has suggested that extreme global warming caused Earth's biggest ever mass extinction. The largest extinction in Earth's history...