Reconstruction of a tomb in St. Paul’s Catacombs, Rabat, Malta.Kristina Killgrove Deep underground in the middle of the tiny island country of Malta lies a series of ancient catacombs, communal burial grounds that date back millennia. Malta has always been a way-station on journeys between Africa and southern Europe, with extraordinary diversity in its past
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A new study, published in the journal The Plant Cell, could help guide new bioengineering approaches to encourage plants to produce higher levels of oil for biofuels and other oil-based products. Previous research led by John Shanklin at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory had shown that an enzyme known to be involved in sensing
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Clever and strange, octopuses are fascinating creatures with incredible problem-solving skills and breathtaking camouflage. But overall, they are short-lived, typically around for just one to two years. That’s because they’re semelparous, which means they reproduce just once before they die. With female octopuses, once she’s laid her eggs, that’s it. In fact, the mother even stops
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Getty royalty free Along with the many other areas of life affected by not getting enough sleep, inadequate shuteye also significantly increases the chances of causing a motor-vehicle crash. By how much? A new study took a shot at quantifying an answer to that question, and the results may surprise you. Public health campaigns frequently remind us
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