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This is a SSWD-affected star. The fatal disease leads to behavioral changes, lesions, loss of appendages, and disintegration. Credit: Photo by Neil McDaniel.
This is a SSWD-affected star. The fatal disease leads to behavioral changes, lesions, loss of appendages, and disintegration. Credit: Photo by Neil McDaniel.


New Paper Identifies Virus Devastating Sea Stars On Pacific Coast

Museum biological collections are the records of life on Earth and as such, they are frequently used to investigate serious environmental issues. When public health officials were concerned about the levels of mercury in fish and birds, for example, scientists studied museum specimens to assess historical changes in mercury contamination. Eggs in museum collections were […]

Jamaica's share of the world's best sprinters is out of all proportion to its size. The country's secret may be in the symmetry of the sprinters' knees.
Jamaica's share of the world's best sprinters is out of all proportion to its size. The country's secret may be in the symmetry of the sprinters' knees.


Symmetrical Knees Linked To Jamaican Sprinting Prowess

Why is Jamaica, with a population smaller than that of Los Angeles, home to so many of the world’s elite sprinters – runners who compete in the 100, 200, 400 and 800-meter races? Robert Trivers, an evolutionary biologist and professor of anthropology and biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, set out with his […]

Russia' Vladimir Putin
Russia' Vladimir Putin


G20 Makes Progress On Climate Change

(EurActiv) — Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed Sunday (16 November) to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance. But ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane early […]

Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan


With Russia Building New Spaceport, Will It Need Kazakhstan’s Baikonur?

By David Trilling When the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia suddenly found that its main rocket launch facility was situated in newly independent Kazakhstan. Since then, the two countries have periodically squabbled over the strategic Baikonur Cosmodrome. And now the Kremlin is pouring billions of dollars into a new site in the Far East that President […]