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Quantum mechanics may be at the heart of photosynthesis in living organisms

Researchers have found that photosynthetic lake-dwelling algae perform quantum tricks at room temperature. The results suggest that quantum mechanics may be at the heart of sunlight-to-energy conversion in living organisms, and may also explain why understanding photosynthesis has been so difficult....

Penguin decline may turn on presence or absence of krill, not the loss of sea ice per se

Researchers have been following the penguin population off the tip of the West Antarctic Peninsula since the 1970's. Winter air temperatures in the region have climbed a significant 5 to 6 degrees Celsius in recent decades with a concomitant loss of sea ice; this region is one of the fastest warming...

Another maxim bites the dust: Isolated coral reefs can recover from bleaching

Stony corals that are reef-building corals (also known as Hermtypic corals [see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermatypic_coral ]) require algae from the genus Symbiodinium [see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbiodinium ] to be in a healthy condition. The loss of these intracellular Symbiodinium from the...