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Sunday, October 19, 2014

ScienceDaily: Top News

ScienceDaily: Top News

New test scans all genes simultaneously to identify single mutation causing child's rare genetic disease

Posted: 18 Oct 2014 09:26 AM PDT

Sequencing the DNA of children with mystery genetic disorders produced a definitive diagnosis in 40 percent of one hospital's most complex cases -- a quantum leap from the field's 5-percent success rate 20 years ago.

Scale of declines of UK migratory birds wintering in Africa revealed

Posted: 17 Oct 2014 05:51 PM PDT

The migration of millions of birds across the face of the planet is one of nature's greatest annual events. Every spring some species move in one direction, while every autumn those same species move in the opposite one, very often linking continents. Although these migration patterns are as regular as the seasons, monitoring is revealing that, for some species, fewer birds are making the journey each season as the populations of these birds, including species nesting in the UK, are declining rapidly.

Australian volcanic mystery explained

Posted: 17 Oct 2014 03:37 PM PDT

Scientists have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding Australia's only active volcanic area. The volcanism springs from a unique interaction between the continent's movement north and local variations in its thickness.

Climate change alters cast of winter birds

Posted: 17 Oct 2014 03:34 PM PDT

Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America's backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate.

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