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Scientists Solve Mystery of World-Traveling Plant
"Archaeologists know that people were using domesticated bottle gourds in the Americas as early as 10,000 years ago. But how did the plant make the jump from its original home in Africa to the New World with an ocean in the way? A new study overturns previous evidence pointing to a human-assisted land migration and concludes that the bottle gourd floated across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas on its own."
Were bottle gourds carried to the Americas—or did they float there?
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Apparently young trees don't have the edge on their older siblings in carbon accumulation after all.
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Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis
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Bugs and Spiders Disguised as Poop, Leaves, and Each Other
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Viruses alter plant biochemistry in order to manipulate visiting aphids into spreading infection
University of Cambridge researchers have shown that viruses use aphids as pawns, discouraging the insects from permanently settling on already-infected crops and using this forced migration to spread infection to healthy vegetation. Aphids are sap-sucking insects that attack many different types ...
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I see. Since can't seem to stop itself from implied intelligent effort. Viruses, as best as we know cannot "force aphids to move to health plants to spread the virus".  This is the core of Darwinism. a virus that happens to cause this reaction is highly successful and propagates further.

This is like saying that an itch in my finger forced me to scratch. I can (however difficult it might be) decide to not scratch.

Those governed by instinctual logistic programming may not be able to decide for themselves. I in general am able to. People have starved themselves on the same basis.

Wisdom and effectiveness are different from ability. A life form has effectiveness in its instincts. Humans have wisdom in learning by observing what other things and people do, allowing us the possibly unique choice when our instincts say something to choose to ignore it. and sometimes it will even work.

Virus can't decide, though. and to evidence so far provided, neither can aphids.
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Evolution, Civil War history entwine in fossil with a tragic past
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Rainforests in Far East shaped by humans for the last 11,000 years
New research from Queen’s University Belfast shows that the tropical forests of South East Asia have been shaped by humans for the last 11,000 years.
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Iconic Australasian Kauri trees (Agathis australis) found as fossils in South America
Today in Australia they call it Kauri, in Asia they call it Dammar, and in South America it does not exist at all unless planted there. However, 52 million years ago the giant coniferous evergreen tree known to botanists as Agathis thrived in the Patagonian region of Argentina, according to an international team of paleobotanists who have found numerous fossilized remains there.
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"When it comes to egg-laying, flies are more picky than previously thought... They are not indiscriminately using any old fruit encountered, but show a clear preference towards citrus."
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Ancient 'fig wasp' lived tens of millions of years before figs
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The Second World That Forms On Sunken Trees
Some of the most uncharted parts of our planet aren’t particularly hard to get to. They aren’t unreachable, like the deepest oceans or the darkest caves. They are unexplored because they are fleeti...
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I am a scientist looking for balance. I’ll write about interesting research, from my own field and from wherever else I find beauty, intrigue, and good story telling. I’ll also write about the activities that allow me some level of identity and happiness outside of research, namely, gardening and family.