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A Scientist Proposes New Naming System for All Life on Earth
A Virginia Tech researcher has developed a new way to classify and name organisms based on their genome sequence.
A Serious Threat for Arctic Biodiversity
A new study outlines how irreplaceable wildlife and habitats in the Arctic are under threat from climate change. The report includes work from 253 scientists from 15 different countries.
New Maps Reveal Locations of Species at Risk as Climate Changes
An international team of scientists has produced global maps showing how fast and in which direction local climates have shifted.
Mass Extinction May Not Cause All Organisms to 'Shrink'
A new study suggests that the sizes of organisms following mass extinction events may vary more than previously thought.
Adapting to Acidic Oceans
The world's oceans are becoming more acidic, changing in a way that hasn't happened for millions of years. But will marine organisms from tiny coccolithophores to king crabs change along with the waters?
Soil Microbes Alter DNA in Response to Warming
A microbial ecosystem altered its DNA to enhance its ability to handle excess carbon caused by warming, a new study showed.
A New Dimension to Cyanobacteria
Scientists have discovered that cyanobacteria continually produced vesicles full of carbon, nutrients and DNA. The tiny packages could be decoys for viruses or a means of exchanging genetic information.
When Planet Earth Nearly Killed All Life
A new paper reveals how the worst extinction in Earth's history may have been tied to the formation of Supercontinent Pangea. The catastrophe wasn't triggered by an impact from above--unlike another well-known extinction--but by a geological process below, deep within Earth's core.
Climate Change and the Deep Biosphere
Scientists have discovered traces of past microbial life in deep sea sediments. The findings show how the microbial ecosystem beneath the seafloor has responded to climate change over hundreds of thousands of years.
Did a Huge Impact Lead to the Cambrian Explosion?
A new paper suggests a large impact in the ocean 570 million years ago caused a re-organization of Earthâ€™s environment, setting the stage for the emergence of complex life.
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