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Competition Makes for Drama, But Benefactors Set The Stage

The stage is set by those species that create habitat… The organisms and interactions that occur within the habitat, such as crabs eating snails or annual plants competing with one another, are just players and roles that we see because of that stage.

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Brazil Nuts Save The Communities That Protect Them

Help is at hand for the Amazon rainforest and Brazil's poverty-stricken rural people – courtesy of the country's famous native nut.

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Surviving Only In The Greenhouse

THE only surviving specimens of one of the world's rarest plants have gone on display after cuttings taken from a Malaysian mountain by Scots scientists more than a decade ago flourished while the flower died out in its native habitat.

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Natural Succession Cannot Be Ignored

Lavender and cypress grown together and inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi under glass showed significantly higher growth than when they were cultivated and developed separately.

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Mayo Clinic Harvests Cures From 17th Century Herbal

The study provides a creative new model for drug discovery. It integrates nontraditional, ancient medical information with advanced technologies to identify promising natural products to investigate as drugs for new and better therapies.

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Why the Giraffe’s Neck is So Long: The Field Experiment

This [study] provides the first real experimental evidence that the long neck of the giraffe might have evolved as a consequence of competition, which provides support for a previously untested textbook example of natural selection.

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The Secret Strategies of Squirrels and Trees

Somehow the squirrels could anticipate when the trees would be laden with cones, and only during these years they produced a second litter of young.

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Three Wise Mens Gift Becoming Threatened Species

For thousands of years, frankincense has been hugely important both socially and economically as an ingredient in incense and perfumes. But… its production in the Horn of Africa is declining because Boswellia woodlands are failing to regenerate.

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Global Warming causes Global Warming: The Phytoplankton Connection

This study shows that as the climate warms, phytoplankton growth rates go down and along with them the amount of carbon dioxide these ocean plants consume. That allows carbon dioxide to accumulate more rapidly in the atmosphere, which would produce more warming.

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This Bat Makes Some Flower Very Happy

One nectar bat can launch its tongue one and a half times its body length, longer than any other mammal and second only to chameleons among vertebrates, scientists recently discovered.