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October 7, 2015

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October 7, 2015

Oct. 7, 2015 — New research shows that butterflies in Greenland have become smaller in response to increasing temperatures due to climate ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Regrowth of trees explains why grasslands in western Africa known as the Sahel have recovered after devastating droughts in the 1970s and 1980s, according to research. Previous studies have suggested ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The targets for lower emissions of carbon dioxide from Europe's basic industries are out of reach, without urgent introduction of innovative carbon dioxide mitigation technologies, say ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Novel and scalable technology and production process has been developed combining algal biomass cultivation, harvesting and concentration as well as extraction and fractionation of fatty acids from ... read more

Simulating Path of 'Magma Mush' Inside an Active Volcano

Oct. 1, 2015 — The first simulation of the individual crystals in volcanic mush, a mix of liquid magma and solid crystals, shows mixing to help understand the buildup of pressure deep inside a ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Local habitat variability in northwest streams can help shield coastal cutthroat trout from the effects of forest harvest and climate change, a new study has ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Dramatic increases in exposure to toxic chemicals in the last four decades are threatening human reproduction and health, according to experts. Exposure to toxic environmental chemicals is linked to ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — In an effort to help develop a domestic supply of rare earth elements, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a novel method of chemically separating these materials -- ... read more

The Danish Nitrogen Budget in a Nutshell

Sep. 30, 2015 — To get a clearer overall picture of the sources and sinks of nitrogen, scientists have developed a national nitrogen budget for Denmark for the years 1990 to 2010. The budget shows inputs and outputs ... read more

Barley Straw Shows Potential as Transport Biofuel Raw Material

Sep. 30, 2015 — The hemicellulose sugars of barley straw can be effectively fermented into biobutanol, when starch is added during the pre-treatment or fermentation process, shows a new study. Seeking to find ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — New water-tracing technology has been used in the Sydney Basin for the first time to determine how groundwater moves in the different layers of rock below the surface. The study provides a baseline ... read more

New Prototype Cleans Air and Removes Pollution

Sep. 29, 2015 — A prototype of a new device could eliminate pesticide residues, grease, detergents, deodorants and general pollution from the atmosphere, reducing health ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Can owls and loggers get along? A recent study conducted in Primorye in the southern Russian Far East suggests it's not only possible, but essential for endangered Blakiston's fish owls to ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — A new study assessing the influence of species diversity of canopy trees on the amount of ozone precursors a forest emits suggests that atmospheric chemistry models in use now may underestimate the ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — In forests worldwide, drought consistently has had a more detrimental impact on the growth and survival of larger trees, new research shows. In addition, while the death of small trees may affect the ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — The United States has fallen behind on offshore wind power, experts say. Their findings show that while offshore wind turbines have been successfully deployed in Europe since 1991, the U.S. is ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — From melting glaciers to increasing wildfires, the consequences of climate change and strategies to mitigate such consequences are often a hotly debated topic. A new study adds to the ever-growing ... read more

Air Pollution, Traffic Linked to Deaths, Organ Rejection in Lung Transplant Patients

Sep. 29, 2015 — For the first time, research shows that lung transplant patients in Europe who live on or near busy roads with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die or to experience chronic organ ... read more

Heat Waves Hit Heat Islands Hardest

Sep. 28, 2015 — A new study details how extreme temperatures affect urban heat islands -- densely built areas where heat-retaining asphalt, brick and concrete make things hotter than their nonurban ... read more

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