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Research of plain wren duets could help further understand fundamentals of conversation
(University of Miami) The new study shows that these songbirds achieve precise coordination by adjusting the period between two consecutive phrases (inter-phrase intervals), depending on whether their song is answered, the phrase type used in the duet and the position of the inter-phrase interval within the duet.

JRC Annual Report 2014 is now available
(European Commission Joint Research Centre) The Annual Report giving an overview of the JRC work in 2014 has been published. It provides highlights of research activities carried out over the year in support of the main EU policies. Topics include economic and monetary union; innovation, growth and jobs; digital agenda; energy and transport; environment and climate change; agriculture and global food security; security and disaster risk reduction; health and consumer protection and nuclear safety and security.

Modern logging techniques benefit rainforest wildlife
(University of Kent) New research has highlighted the value of a modern logging technique for maintaining biodiversity in tropical forests that are used for timber production.

The biobattery
(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) Sewage sludge, green waste, production residue from the food industry, straw or animal excrement -- with the 'biobattery's' modular concept a much larger range of biomass can be utilized for energy recovery than previously. Researchers show that they can convert organic residues into electricity, heat, purified gas, engine oil and high quality biochar using this process.

Salish Sea seagull populations halved since 1980s
(University of British Columbia) The number of seagulls in the Strait of Georgia is down by 50 per cent from the 1980s and University of British Columbia researchers say the decline reflects changes in the availability of food.

A new ultrasensitive test for peanut allergies
(University of Connecticut) UConn chemists have developed a new test for peanut allergies that can not only tell whether someone is allergic, it can also determine how intense their allergic reaction will be.

Newly discovered algal species helps corals survive in the hottest reefs on the planet
(University of Southampton) A new species of algae has been discovered in reef corals of the Persian Gulf where it helps corals to survive seawater temperatures of up to 36 degrees Celsius -- temperatures that would kill corals elsewhere.

Research to the rescue: Fishing for rhinos with tekken
(University of Guam) University of Guam researchers catch 25 times as many rhino beetles as standard pheromone traps with a newly developed cost-effective trap called Tekken.

Economic models provide insights into global sustainability challenges
(Purdue University) Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes.

'Ecosystem services' help assess ocean energy development
(Brown University) In a new paper, Brown University environmental scientists suggest that the way to fill vast gaps in knowledge about the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of ocean energy development is to consider how the benefits provided by ocean ecosystems change before and after the placement of ocean energy infrastructure. The authors examine the case of Muskeget Channel in Massachusetts as an example.

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