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Benthic Underwater Microscope can study marine subjects at micron resolution

Benthic Underwater Microscope can study marine subjects at micron resolution

This new diver-operated underwater microscope is helping researchers to view never-before-seen events of the underwater world. It is the brainchild of the researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.

Using this microscopic imaging system known as the Benthic Underwater Microscope (BUM) the researchers were able to see the processes that naturally take place on the seafloor, especially corals. The researchers have witnessed coral turf war, coral polyp kissing and many other exciting things.

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New devilish orchid included in IUCN’s critically endangered species list

New devilish orchid included in IUCN’s critically endangered species list

Orchids are known for their beauty, but researchers have recently discovered a new orchid species that resembles devil’s head. In fact, its heart revealed the demonic patterns. The flower has been enlisted as a Critically Endangered species in the International Union for Conservation (IUCN) Red List.

The flowers of the new orchid species are not like normally seen orchids. Noticing the new species’ demonic patterns, the flower has been named as Telipogon diabolicus. The species was found on the border between Putumayo and Nariño departments in southern Colombia.

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Norway announces complete ban on deforestation

Norway announces complete ban on deforestation

A complete ban on deforestation has been announced by Norway. With the new ruling on complete deforestation ban, Norway has become the first nation to commit to a zero deforestation policy.

Assessment of day-night cycle of trees unveils they sleep at night

Assessment of day-night cycle of trees unveils they sleep at night

Trees also sleep at night, unveils a new study conducted by researchers from Austria, Finland and Hungary. The scientists have used an infrared laser scanner to know the day-night cycle of trees. Using the scanner, the researchers shared that like all living organisms adapt their behavior to the circadian rhythm tied to day and night, plants are no exception.

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First Global assessment of World’s Flora unveils 21% of plants facing Extinction Risk

First global assessment of the world’s flora has lot many revelations to make. A report titled State of the World’s Plant Report by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has estimated that there are 390,900 plants known to science. In 2015, as many as 2,034 new plant species were discovered.  Twenty-one percent of plants are at risk of extinction. Threats being faced by plants include climate change, habitat loss, disease and invasive species. Pests and diseases have also been labeled as a major problem.  Scienti

First global assessment of the world’s flora has lot many revelations to make. A report titled State of the World’s Plant Report by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has estimated that there are 390,900 plants known to science. In 2015, as many as 2,034 new plant species were discovered.

Twenty-one percent of plants are at risk of extinction. Threats being faced by plants include climate change, habitat loss, disease and invasive species. Pests and diseases have also been labeled as a major problem.

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USDA will not regulate CRISPR/Cas9-edited White Button Mushroom

USDA will not regulate CRISPR/Cas9-edited White Button Mushroom

Using a popular gene editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9, researcher Yinong Yang from Penn State University has deleted a small piece of DNA from a particular gene in a white button mushroom. The step disabled the gene that in turn lessened the mushroom’s productivity of an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase, which stops the mushroom from turning brown.

Chinese skullcap may treat cancer and liver diseases

Chinese skullcap may treat cancer and liver diseases

Chinese skullcap has been used by Chinese to treat fever, liver and lung complaints for long. In a new research paper, medical experts have informed that compound produced by the herbal plant could help in curing certain types of cancer and liver diseases. Scientifically named as Scutellaria baicalensis, the plant is known in Chinese medicine as Huang-Qin.

French vineyards producing higher quality wine due to climate change

French vineyards producing higher quality wine due to climate change

A number of studies have highlighted the threat of climate change to coastal cities and dry areas around the globe, but a new research suggests that French vineyards are enjoying the earth’s rising temperature. But how?

Dramatic rise in earth’s temperature is having an effect on the way grapes are grown and harvested, as per the study. This affect is altering the taste of French wine and making it even better, it added.

Climate Change: New Study predicts All US Forests are Vulnerable to Future Declines

Climate Change: New Study predicts All US Forests are Vulnerable to Future Declines

In an alarming study, researchers from over a dozen institutions have suggested that all forests throughout the US are experiencing the consequences of climate change and worsening drought conditions.

The West is having the most pronounced effects of the change, but the analysis shows that all forests across the country are at risk of future declines, said James S. Clark, senior researcher of the study.

Salish Sea ships generating sounds at same frequencies used by local salmon-eating killer whales: Study

Salish Sea ships generating sounds at same frequencies used by local salmon-eating killer whales: Study

A latest research has suggested that noise generated by shipping traffic in the Salish Sea extends into the same frequencies that local salmon-eating killer whales use in hunting and communication.

The focus of earlier research has been on low-frequency noise pollution generated by container ships and its impact on balleen whales, latest underwater sound measurements noted in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound have disclosed that ships have also been generating high frequency noise, travelling much farther than earlier believed.

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