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World’s Most Potent Toxin

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  The bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces the world’s most potent poison, which can cause paralysis, labored breathing, and death — it’s called botulism. The same toxin also smooths wrinkles in the skin at low concentrations because nature is weird like that. There’s an approved treatment for botulism, but it’s not …

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Stone Tools In Tanzania

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An international team of archaeologists and paleoanthropologists has discovered a large collection of 2-million-year-old stone tools, fossilized bones and plant materials at the site of Ewass Oldupa in the western portion of the ancient basin of Olduvai Gorge (now Oldupai) in northern Tanzania. The discovery reveals that the earliest Olduvai …

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Wild Bee Discovered

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An international team of scientists has discovered a new species of the bee genus Lasioglossum living in sand dunes in Israel. Head of a female of Lasioglossum dorchini. Image credit: Nahal Alexander / A. Pauly. Lasioglossum is a genus of wild bees in the family Halictidae (commonly referred to as …

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Schema Markup Search

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Schema markup—aka structured data—is a niche area of SEO that helps search engines explicitly understand the content and better match a page to a searcher’s intent.  When you adopt schema markup on your website, you also become eligible for rich results. Rich results make your content stand out in the …

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Google Console Coverage

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Google announced it has made substantial updates to the coverage report within Google Search Console. Google wrote the company is “rolling out significant improvements to this report so you’re better informed on issues that might prevent Google from crawling and indexing your pages. The change is focused on providing a …

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Non-Photosynthetic Bacteria

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A team of researchers from Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom has identified circadian rhythms in non-photosynthetic, Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis. Bacillus subtilis. Image credit: Ákos Kovács, Technical University of Denmark. Circadian rhythms are exquisite internal timing mechanisms that are widespread across nature enabling living organisms to cope with the …

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Saber Toothed Tigers

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Paleontologists from the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto have found and examined the fossilized remains of two subadult and one adult saber-toothed tigers (Smilodon fatalis) — likely a mother and two adolescents — in the Pleistocene coastal deposits in Ecuador. Their results show that saber-toothed tigers had …

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Google Launched Subtopics

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Danny Sullivan of Google confirmed over the weekend that one new ranking change went live in mid-November that was from the slew of announcements at Google’s Search On event last October. Google launched the subtopics ranking feature in mid-November, Sullivan said. What is subtopics. Google said in October that subtopics …

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This Week in Apps

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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Consumer spend also hit …

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Flowering Plants

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A single letter change in DNA code can potentially decide whether a plant is a lark or a night owl, according to a study published in the journal Plant, Cell and Environment. Arabidopsis thaliana. Image credit: Carl Davies, CSIRO / CC BY 3.0. The circadian clock is a temporal program …

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