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Massive organism is crashing on our watch

Researchers have conducted the first complete assessment of the Pando aspen clone and the results show continuing deterioration of this 'forest of one tree.' While a portion of the famed grove is recovery nicely as a result of previous restoration, the majority of Pando (Latin for 'I Spread') is diminishing by attrition.

Life on the floor of the Arctic Ocean, with rigor and in detail

In an extensive and rigorous study of animal life on the Central Arctic Ocean floor, researchers have shown that water depth and food availability influence the species composition, density, and biomass of benthic communities.

Benefits errors trigger £5,000 refunds for ESA claimants

Errors mean 180,000 people on sickness benefits will now receive backdated payments. Source: BBC

Wembley: Shahid Khan withdraws offer to buy national stadium from FA

Fulham owner Shahid Khan withdraws his offer to buy Wembley Stadium from the Football Association. Source: BBC

Theresa May: My Brexit plan is not dead

The prime minister heads to Brussels with talks deadlocked over the Irish border. Source: BBC

Trump: Saudi crown prince denied knowledge about fate of missing journalist

Saudi Arabia is facing mounting criticism over the disappearance of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. On Twitter, President Trump said he spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who denied any knowledge of the journalist's fate. CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports.

U.S. troops battle Taliban forces ahead of Afghan elections

Soldiers who were fifth graders when this war began in 2001 now direct Afghan forces in an operation to clear ISIS-held villages

Sex or food? Decision-making in single-cell organisms

Unicellular diatoms are able to adapt their behavior to different external stimuli based on an evaluation of their own needs. In experiments, Seminavis robusta diatoms directed their orientation either towards nutrient sources or mating partners, depending on the degree of starvation and the need to mate.

New understanding of Mekong River incision

An international team of earth scientists has linked the establishment of the Mekong River to a period of major intensification of the Asian monsoon during the middle Miocene, about 17 million years ago, findings that supplant the assumption that the river incised in response to tectonic causes.

New method to address deep-seated biases in science

A new statistical method that tests for equivalence, rather than difference, has a role to play in dismantling gender and publication biases in science. The authors believe the technique has broad applicability across disciplines and can help remove publication bias against ''negative results,'' opening the door to a broader investigation of natural phenomena.

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If Turkey has proof Khashoggi was killed, it’s apparently not sharing

Hours after Mike Pompeo refutes claim he's heard audio of Jamal Khashoggi's alleged murdered, Turkey backs him up, but keeps its secret

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