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13 October 2017

Tropical tree roots represent an underappreciated carbon pool [Phys]

Ask someone to draw a tree and s/he will invariably draw a trunk and branches—leaving the roots out of the picture. In a unique study of tropical tree roots at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute published in PLOS ONE, roots accounted for almost 30 percent of the total biomass of young trees. The authors hope that future estimates of carbon storage and water-use by tropical forests will include information on root biomass and architecture.

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12 October 2017

A la Réunion, des moustiques stériles pour faire la guerre au chikungunya [Sciences & Avenir - Nature & Environnement]

Des chercheurs de l’île de la Réunion souhaitent introduire dans la nature des millions de moustiques tigre mâles stériles pour éradiquer cet insecte qui transmet le virus du chikungunya. Reportage.

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12 October 2017

Interspecies Hybrids Play a Vital Role in Evolution [Quantamagazine]

Hybrids, once treated as biological misfits, have been the secret saviors of many animal species in trouble. Reconciling that truth with conservation policies poses a challenge for science.

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12 October 2017

Drone designers accidentally explain colour of albatross wings [New Scientist]

It’s not every day that an aerospace engineer raises new questions about bird flight. But Abdessattar Abdelkefi and his team at New Mexico State University did just that while trying to devise better drones.

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12 October 2017

Elusive ’Tree Lobster’ Insect Was Just Officially Brought Back From The Dead [ScienceAlert]

A species is back from the grave, thanks to the hard work of an international conservation effort. The Australian Lord Howe Island stick insect, thought to have become extinct in the 1920s, is now officially alive again, confirmed by DNA testing.

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