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How rats are killing our coral reefs
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Catastrophic construction: Storms can build reef islands in atoll regions
SCIENCE DAILY Many coral reef islands, or atolls, are created by water moving sand and gravel, piling it up into consecutive ridged layers. However, new research has uncovered a different... 7 days
Catastrophic construction: Storms can build reef islands in atoll regions
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Coral bleaching increases disease risk in threatened species
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Coral bleaching increases disease risk in threatened species
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In drought and heavy rains, ecosystems function like information communication networks
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Cocaine-addicted rats show long-lasting increases in number of orexin neurons
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Image: São Miguel
PHYS.ORG The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the largest island of the Azores: São Miguel. Resting at the intersection of the Eurasian, African and North American tectonic plates, the Azores form a string of volcanic islands in the North Atlantic... 3 days
NASA finds Typhoon Mangkhut lashing Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands
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Cocaine addiction traced to increase in number of orexin neurons
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Cytox, AIBL announce expanded agreement to assess genetic risk for Alzheimer’s
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Virus may combat fire ants, but caution is needed
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Air pollution increases risk of dementia
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Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market shuts
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Mediterranean-style diet may lower women's stroke risk
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People with asthma at higher risk of becoming obese
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New program combines basic science and social benefits to address HIV risk among young women
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Transgender adolescents have greatest risk for attempting suicide, study finds
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Government Study Of BPA Backs Its Safety, But Doesn't Settle Debate
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Medical News Today: Dementia: New risk factor examined
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Why some people are at risk of gout
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Do rock climbers seek out high-risk climbs?
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US officials face growing pressure over dicamba herbicide use
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Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Incident Stroke: Study
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NIMHD-funded study to focus on hurricane-related psychosocial stressors
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Medical News Today: The Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk, too
MNT In the latest study to investigate the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, researchers identify a reduction in stroke risk for those who partake. 2 days
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