Here is some weekend reading from DNR on science, environmental and other topics:
Science Daily: Climate Change Threatens Many Tree Species Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem indicates that trees dispersing seeds by wind, such as pines and maples, will be unable to spread at a pace that can cope with expected climate changes.
Scientific American: Researchers Pinpoint Genes That Give Pine-Killing Fungus Immunity to Host Tree Defenses. The mountain pine beetle has destroyed millions of acres of lodgepole and ponderosa pine forests in British Columbia . A genome study now gives us a better understanding of the interactions among the beetle, symbiotic microorganisms and the pine tree. It could lead to more precise ecological forecasting models for the potential range and extent of the current infestation, which spreading is eastward in the U.S. and Canada.
New York Times: Harnessing the Brain’s Right Hemisphere to Capture Many Kings. New research suggests how expert chess players beat amateur chess players — it’s in how they use their brains.
Scientific American: When animals attack. A study of death databases by cause indicates that our phobias about certain deadly animals may be misdirected.
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