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Scientists Pinpoint How Corals Build Their Bony Structures


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Scientists Pinpoint How Corals Build Their Bony Structures

Corals rely on their own proteins to help create their rock-hard skeletons, according to a finding that contradicts a theory that the structures are created solely by a more passive chemical process, a new study reveals. The results , published in the 2 June issue of Science, suggest that the skeletal growth of corals may not be as negatively impacted by increasingly acidic seas as previously expected.


By AAAS, USA.


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Nature Provides Valuable Services That Benefit All, Experts Say


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Nature Provides Valuable Services That Benefit All, Experts Say

The watershed of the world’s third largest estuary — the Chesapeake Bay — covers 64,000 square miles and is home to almost 18 million people who benefit from the flood control, food sources and recreational opportunities that the ecosystem provides. Such resources, known as ecosystem services, were the subject of a symposium held at AAAS’ headquarters in Washington, on May 19 where experts explored the role played by the natural forces of ecosystems in protecting adjacent lands and local communities. The event was coordinated by scientists who are current or former AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellows, who bring their scientific expertise to postings in Congress and federal agencies. Session organizers are also members of the AAAS Biodiversity Affinity Group, a collection of the AAAS policy fellows who host symposia on issues related to biodiversity and conservation.


By AAAS, USA.


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White House’s 2018 Budget Plan Would “Devastate” R&D, Says AAAS CEO Holt


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White House’s 2018 Budget Plan Would “Devastate” R&D, Says AAAS CEO Holt

The double-digit percentage cuts President Donald Trump is proposing in his fiscal 2018 budget plan for science and technology programs would “devastate America’s science and technology enterprise” and weaken the nation’s economic growth, Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said Tuesday.


By AAAS, USA.


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