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Sunbathing Helps These Bugs Stay Healthy

Sunbathing may be healthy — at least for one group of North American insects that apparently uses the activity to fight off germs, Simon Fraser University scientists have found. Western Boxelder bugs (WBB), found largely in B.C. interior regions, are known to group together in sunlit patches and while there, …

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Native Landscaping in Urban Areas Can Help Native Birds

A recent study of residential landscape types and native bird communities in Phoenix, Ariz., led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst urban ecologist suggests that yards mimicking native vegetation and wildlands offer birds “mini refuges,” helping to offset the loss of biodiversity in cities and supporting birds better than traditional …

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MIRI Method Reduces Water Use In Rice Field Tests

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and cooperating scientists are studying a system that, in rice field tests, cuts water use by 24 percent.Rice, one of the world’s most important foods, is a labor-intensive crop that also requires plenty of water. Often, water pumped to flood rice fields comes from shallow aquifers …

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