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May 25, 2017 — A new study examined why private-land conservation data is sometimes inaccessible and found that limited capacity within some federal agencies as well as laws prohibiting others from disclosing ... read more

Predicting Threats to Rainforests: New Approach

May 25, 2017 — A new study highlights novel approaches to tackling deforestation. The team focused their research on Borneo, an island that has lost a staggering 30 percent of its forest since the 1970s and is ... read more

May 25, 2017 — If you ever fly from L.A. to San Francisco, California, you may notice the Gabilan Mesa off to the east as you begin your descent into San Francisco International Airport. If you look carefully, you ... read more

Solving the Riddle of the Snow Globe

May 25, 2017 — A new study finds the sedimentation of asymmetric objects in liquid is very different from that of symmetrical objects like spheres. The research may have practical applications in improving water ... read more

May 25, 2017 — Synthetic biology researchers have demonstrated a new method for digital information processing in living cells, analogous to the logic gates used in electric circuits. The circuits are the largest ... read more

May 24, 2017 — A new technique to investigate the underwater volcanoes that produce Earth's tectonic plates has been developed by a ... read more

Population Only Part of Tornado Casualty Story

May 24, 2017 — The strength of a tornado has a significantly larger effect than population on the number of casualties, new research ... read more

Effective Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems

May 24, 2017 — Despite having increased human wellbeing in the past, intense modifications by multiple and interacting pressures have degraded ecosystems and the sustainability of their goods and services. For ... read more

May 24, 2017 — Exposure to trace metals from potatoes grown in soil irrigated with waters from the Potosi mining region in Bolivia, home to the world's largest silver deposit, may put residents at risk of ... read more

Fossil Beetles Suggest That LA Climate Has Been Relatively Stable for 50,000 Years

May 24, 2017 — Research based on more than 180 fossil insects preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles indicate that the climate in what is now southern California has been relatively stable over the past ... read more

May 24, 2017 — Will reductions in Arctic snow cover make tundra-dwelling wolverines more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought? That's a question scientists hope an innovative method described ... read more

Camelina: Where You Grow What You Grow

May 24, 2017 — A new study looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains. The end goal is to find the camelina variety that performs best in each ... read more

LA Lawns Lose Lots of Water: 70B Gallons a Year

May 24, 2017 — In summer 2010, Los Angeles was losing about 100 gallons of water per person per day to the atmosphere through the evaporation and plant uptake of lawns and trees. Lawns accounted for 70 percent of ... read more

May 24, 2017 — How can we burn natural gas without releasing carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air? This feat is achieved using a special combustion method: chemical looping combustion (CLC). In this process, CO2 can ... read more

Fuel from the Air Technology Provides a Path to New Business for OPEC Countries

May 24, 2017 — Pioneering technology makes OPEC countries prime regions to produce synthetic fuels. This could be a key asset in phasing out fossil fuels after the Paris Agreement, while also keeping some of the ... read more

May 24, 2017 — Migrant birds that breed in the same area in Europe spread out across all of Africa during the northern winter. A new satellite-tracking study shows that the destination of individual birds is ... read more

May 24, 2017 — A new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars. Research results show that it is possible to significantly reduce the need for platinum, a ... read more

May 24, 2017 — Ocean currents affect how climate change impacts movements of species to cooler regions. A new study provides novel insight into how species' distributions change from the interaction between ... read more

Heavier Precipitation in the Northeast Began in 1996

May 24, 2017 — Over the past century, the Northeast has experienced an increase in the number of storms with extreme precipitation. A new study finds that the increase in extreme Northeast storms occurred as an ... read more

May 23, 2017 — Drylands are of environmental concern because broad-scale changes in these systems have the potential to affect 36 percent of the world's human population, suggests new ... read more

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