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Fungi communities around the globe mostly comprise a few common species

Fungi communities around the globe mostly comprise a few common species

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May 31 (UPI) -- New research shows microbial communities in soils around the globe are less diverse than previously suggested. In recent years, scientists have become increasingly interested in the role microbial communities in soil play in the ecological health of fields and forests. The unique microbial signatures of soil samples, researchers contend, can offer insights into the dynamics of different ecosystems. But new research suggests soil samples host vast microbial populations, with the majority of fungi found in samples all over the globe belonging to a few common species. "Scientists know that different fungi in soils are responsible for the way that forests and farmlands work," Eleonora Egidi, a postdoctoral fellow in the field of soil microbiology at the Hawkesbury Institute f...
Manchester United transfer news: Romelu Lukaku will cost Inter Milan around £80million – reports

Manchester United transfer news: Romelu Lukaku will cost Inter Milan around £80million – reports

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PAY UP New Inter boss Antonio Conte is believed to have made the Belgium striker his number one transfer target this summer Manchester United are prepared to let Romelu Lukaku leave if a club pays close to £80million for him, according to reports. New Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is believed to be eyeing a big-money move for the Belgium international this summer. Getty Romelu Lukaku struggled for form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Conte tried to re-sign Lukaku from Everton during his time as Chelsea boss in 2017, but the striker opted to join United in a £75million deal. The Times report that Inter are expected to make a formal approach for Lukaku, who has been in and out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, next week. United are understo
School strike for climate: Protests staged around the world

School strike for climate: Protests staged around the world

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Media playback is unsupported on your device School students around the world have gone on strike to demand action on climate change.Organisers said more than a million people were expected to join the action in at least 110 countries on Friday.They are calling on politicians and businesses to take urgent action to slow global warming.The strikes are inspired by student Greta Thunberg, who has become a global figurehead since protesting outside Sweden's parliament in 2018. Carrying a "school strike for climate change" sign, the then 15-year-old said she was refusing to attend classes until Swedish politicians took action. Media playback is unsupported on your device The solo protest led to various ...
Three exocomets found around star located 63 light-years away

Three exocomets found around star located 63 light-years away

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May 22 (UPI) -- Astronomers have discovered a trio of exocomets circling Beta Pictoris, a star located 63 light-years from Earth. The discovery was made possible by NASA's newest planet-hunter, TESS. Though the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite was designed to locate exoplanets, its instrumentation provides spectral data precise enough to pick out the transits of faraway comets. While studying the Beta Pictoris light curve observed by TESS, scientists recognized the signatures of three comets. "The data showed a significant decrease in the intensity of the light of the observed star," Sebastian Zieba and Konstanze Zwintz, researchers at the Institute of Astro and Particle Physics at the University of Innsbruck, explained in a news release. "These variations due to darkening by an obj...