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Flock of Birds Fall Out of Sky, Die in Mexico

A video showing a massive flock of birds suddenly dropping out of the sky and dying in Mexico has gone viral on social media. The yellow-headed blackbirds went from flying in a swarm in Cuauhtémoc city, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to...

Healthy Forests Rely on Ancient Trees, Biodiversity

Ancient trees may be the key to a healthy forest, and therefore a healthy planet, a recent article published in the academic journal Nature Plants contends. The age of trees is not typically defined by a particular lifespan, like with...

Dogs Can Tell Difference Between Familiar and Unfamiliar Languages

Dogs are smarter than you think; according to recent research, dogs can distinguish between languages they are familiar with and those they've never heard before. Researchers scanned the brains of 18 dogs with an MRI machine while the canines heard...

Thessaloniki's Infamous 'Red Tide' is Back and It May Stay Awhile

The so-called "red tide" has once again made its appearance in the waters of the Thermaikos Gulf of of Thessaloniki's coastline. According to scientists, it is likely to be a recurring phenomenon. The "red tide" is the commonly-used name for...

Distinguished Greek Biologist Fotis Kafatos Dies in Crete at 77

Fotis Kafatos, a Greek molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe and became the founding president of the European Research Council, has died. His family announced his death at the age of...

American Alien Invader Plant Taking Over Greek Local Species

An alien species, a plant invader that was named "German," is spreading rapidly displacing the local species and threatening protected areas while the fight against it is extremely difficult because the plant is working as a Hydra. Professor in the...

Greek Scientists Discover Cellular Mechanism that Controls Aging

Scientists of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the Foundation for Research and Technology in Crete discovered a new cellular mechanism that coordinates the process of building and destruction of mitochondria, thereby regulating aging. Researchers Constantinos Palikaras and...