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July 16, 2020

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The pandemic has tugged carbon emissions down, temporarily. But levels of the powerful heat-trapping gas methane continue to climb, dragging the world further away from a ...
A groundbreaking study is the first to analyze the relationship between group behaviors, group type, group dynamics, and kinship of beluga whales in 10 locations across the ...
There has been considerable debate over how the Moon was formed. The popular hypothesis contends that the Moon was formed by ...
The South Pole has been warming at more than three times the global average over the past 30 years, according to ...
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Invasive Hedgehogs and Ferrets Habituate to and Categorize Smells

A new study examines how invasive mammalian predators both habituate to and generalize avian prey ...

Children Exposed to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Suffered Physical, Mental Health Effects

A recent study has found that the Deepwater Horizon disaster was harmful to the mental and physical health of children in the ...

Sun and Rain Transform Asphalt Binder Into Potentially Toxic Compounds

Chemists show that asphalt binder, when exposed to sun and water, leaches thousands of potentially toxic compounds into the ...

Bed Bugs Modify Microbiome of Homes They Infest

Bed bug infestations can modify the home microbiome, according to a new study. When bed bugs are eradicated, home microbiomes return to ...

Monitoring Groundwater Changes More Precisely

A new method could help to track groundwater changes better than before. Researchers have compared gravity field data from the GRACE and GRACE-Follow On satellite missions with other measuring ...

Renewable Energy Transition Makes Dollars and Sense

Ne research has disproved the claim that the transition to renewable electricity systems will harm the global ...

Ancient Oyster Shells Provide Historical Insights

Scientists studying thousands of oyster shells along the Georgia coast, some as old as 4,500 years, have published new insights into how Native Americans sustained oyster harvests for thousands of ...

Evolution After Chicxulub Asteroid Impact: Rapid Response of Life to End-Cretaceous Mass

The impact event that formed the Chicxulub crater (Yucatán Peninsula, México) caused the extinction of 75% of species on Earth 66 million years ago, including non-avian dinosaurs. One place that ...

Customizable Smart Window Technology Could Improve Energy Efficiency of Buildings

Scientists combined solar cell technology with a novel optimization approach to develop a smart window prototype that maximizes design across a wide range of ...

Wireless Aquatic Robot Could Clean Water and Transport Cells

Researchers have developed a tiny plastic robot, made of responsive polymers, which moves under the influence of light and magnetism. In the future this 'wireless aquatic polyp' should be ...

Pesticide Mixtures a Bigger Problem Than Previously Thought

New research has provided the first comprehensive analysis of pesticide mixtures in creeks and rivers discharging to the Great Barrier ...

Perovskite Solar Cells Record Highest Power Conversion

A team of researchers has created a perovskite solar mini module that has recorded the highest power conversion efficiency of any perovskite-based device larger than 10 ...

Drones and Artificial Intelligence Show Promise for Conservation of Farmland Bird Nests

Every spring, a large number of ground-nests of farmland birds are accidentally destroyed by mechanical operations, such as ploughing and sowing. A new study shows for the first time that such nests ...

Particulate Plutonium Released from the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

Small amounts of plutonium (Pu) were released from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) reactors into the environment during the site's 2011 nuclear disaster. However, the ...

Space to Grow, or Grow in Space -- How Vertical Farms Could Be Ready to Take-Off

Vertical farms with their soil-free, computer-controlled environments may sound like sci-fi. But there is a growing environmental and economic case for them, according to new research laying out ...

Predation by Caspian Terns on Young Steelhead Means Fewer Return as Adults

Caspian terns feeding on young fish have a significant impact on runs of steelhead in the Columbia River, new research ...

Road Verges Could Be Havens for Pollinators

Better-managed road verges can help boost pollinating insects, new research ...

New Models Detail How Major Rivers Will Respond to Changing Environmental Conditions

From the Nile to the Mississippi and from the Amazon to the Yangzi, human civilization is inextricably linked to the great rivers along which our societies developed. But rivers are mutable, and the ...

Lasers Etch an Efficient Way to Address Global Water Crisis

Researchers use sunlight and a laser-etched metal surface to evaporate and purify water for safe drinking at greater than 100 percent efficiency. The method could help relieve water shortages in ...

Climate Change Will Cause More Extreme Wet and Dry Seasons

The world can expect more rainfall as the climate changes, but it can also expect more water to evaporate, complicating efforts to manage reservoirs and irrigate crops in a growing world, according ...

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