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Stickleback study shows epigenetic changes key to climate change adaptation

Stickleback study shows epigenetic changes key to climate change adaptation

Science
March 23 (UPI) -- Epigenetic changes, not beneficial genetic mutations, are the best hope for species as they adapt to climate change. In a new study, scientists used a fish model from the Baltic Sea, the three-spined stickleback, to observe the affects of epigenetics on adaptation. "Our experiment shows that epigenetic modifications affect adaptation, but also that the changes from one generation to the next are smaller than previously assumed," study co-author Melanie Heckwolf, biologist at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in Germany, said in a news release. Epigenetic changes in the DNA are biochemical changes that alter the expression of genes, causing certain genes to be turned on or off. A growing amount of evidence suggests a variety of environmental factors can...
Changes in oxygen, temperature could reshape deep sea fish communities

Changes in oxygen, temperature could reshape deep sea fish communities

Science
March 5 (UPI) -- The size and complexity of marine ecosystems make it difficult to predict the effects of climate change, especially on deep sea communities. But thanks to the efforts of a team of marine biologists and oceanographers, scientists are gaining a better understanding of the influence of oxygen and temperature on the density and diversity of deep sea fish populations. The study, led by scientists with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, focused on demersal fish communities in the Gulf of California. Demersal fish are fish that live close to the seafloor. Their data and observations showed fish diversity dramatically declines in regions with very low levels of oxygen, concentrations...
Comedian changes name to Hugo Boss amid trademark row

Comedian changes name to Hugo Boss amid trademark row

Entertainment
A comedian says he has legally changed his name to Hugo Boss in defiance of the luxury German designer targeting small businesses and charities who use the name "boss".Joe Lycett posted a letter on Twitter with the UK Deed Poll Office's letterhead, which commits him to "absolutely and entirely renounce, relinquish and abandon the use of my said former name". The 31-year-old said he will be launching a "brand new product as Hugo Boss", with all details to be revealed on a new series of his consumer show Got Your Back on Channel 4.He tweeted: "So, Hugo Boss [who turnover approx $ 2.7 billion a year] have sent cease and desist letters to a number of small businesses and charities who use the word 'BOSS' or similar."Lycett, who has appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Live At The Apollo, s...
Consumer contract changes ‘could save customers money’

Consumer contract changes ‘could save customers money’

Technology
Broadband, TV and phone customers will be given the chance to avoid hefty price hikes when their contracts end under rules taking effect on Saturday. UK watchdog Ofcom says users could save £150 a year on broadband alone once they are informed of alternative deals. Around 20 million customers are out of contract with their suppliers, leaving many paying more than they need to. The regulator says people can earn big monthly savings if they are told in advance of discounts on new deals. Matt Powell, editor at comparison site Broadband Genie, said the requirement for companies to warn when contracts are about to expire would help loyal customers remain on the best plans. BT to charge people £50 for keeping old wi-fi routers Regulator Ofcom to have more powe
Here’s a breakdown of the new income tax changes

Here’s a breakdown of the new income tax changes

Finance
Most people vow to start the new year off with a commitment to save more or spend less. This year, recent changes in the tax laws could help.The IRS has made inflation adjustments to a range of key figures, from the amount you can put in a 401(k) retirement plan to the individual income tax brackets that help you determine your tax rate.Here are your new tax brackets in 2020.The IRS also bumped your standard deduction for the 2020 tax year, which could reduce your taxable income.The current standard deduction is $ 12,400 for singles, up from $ 12,200 in the prior year, and $ 24,800 for married joint filers, up from $ 24,400 in 2019.Boosting retirement savingsIf you've resolved to save a few extra dollars in your retirement account at work, the IRS has raised the employee contribution limit...