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December 9, 2019

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How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball ... read more
Ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early climate warm, and in ... read more
Over the course of several months, researchers created Escherichia coli strains that consume carbon dioxide for energy instead of organic compounds. This achievement in ... read more
Research has chemists one step closer to recreating nature's most efficient machinery for generating hydrogen gas. This new development may help clear the path for the ... read more
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Closing Critical Gap in Weather Forecasting

Scientists working on the next frontier of weather forecasting are hoping that weather conditions 3-to-4 weeks out will soon be as readily available as seven-day forecasts. Having this type of ... read more

Reduced Soil Tilling Helps Both Soils and Yields

By monitoring crops through machine learning and satellite data, scientists have found farms that till the soil less can increase yields of corn and soybeans and improve the health of the soil -- a ... read more

Novel Way to ID Disease-Resistance Genes in Chocolate-Producing Trees Found

Chocolate-producing cacao trees that are resistant to a major pathogen were identified by an international team of plant geneticists. The findings point the way for plant breeders to develop trees ... read more

BPA Levels in Humans Dramatically Underestimated

Researchers have developed a more accurate method of measuring bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans and found that exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical is far higher than previously assumed. ... read more

As China Rapidly Adopts Clean Energy, Use of Traditional Stoves Persists

Old habits are hard to break. A new study of replacement of traditional wood and coal burning stoves with clean energy in China suggests that, without a better understanding of the reasons behind ... read more

Recycling Nutrient-Rich Industrial Waste Products Enhances Soil, Reduces Carbon

Recycling biotechnology byproducts can enhance soil health while reducing carbon emissions and maintaining crop ... read more

Rats Exchange Information About Danger in a Reciprocal Fashion

Rats exchange information about danger in a reciprocal fashion, and this information transfer is at least partially mediated by a brain region called the anterior cingulate ... read more

Using Green Products Leads to a Warm Glow in Shoppers

A new article suggests that spending some of that money on green products might make consumers feel quite a bit better about their purchases. The study looks at the so-called ... read more

A Solution for Cleaning Up PFAS, One of the World's Most Intractable Pollutants

Engineers have developed a treatment train for a PFAS compound called HFPO-Dimer Acid, also known by its trade name, ... read more

Can Arctic 'Ice Management' Combat Climate Change?

According to a much-debated geo-engineering approach, both sea-ice retreat and global warming could be slowed by using millions of wind-powered pumps, drifting in the sea ice, to promote ice ... read more

Damaging Rains from Hurricanes More Intense After Winds Begin to Subside

Howling wind drives torrential rain sideways as tall, slender palms bow and tree limbs snap. A hurricane approaches, its gale-force winds wreaking havoc as it nears the coast. Storm surges combine ... read more

New Marker for Insecticide Resistance in Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes

Researchers have genetically modified malaria carrying mosquitoes in order to demonstrate the role of particular genes in conferring insecticide ... read more

First 'Lab in a Field' Experiment Reveals a Sunnier Side of Climate Change

Pioneering experiments using heated field plots to test the responses of crops to temperature have revealed an unexpected plus side of climate change for ... read more

Lights on Fishing Nets Save Turtles and Dolphins

Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research ... read more

Multiple Correlations Between Brain Complexity and Locomotion Pattern in Vertebrates

Researchers have uncovered multi-level relationships between locomotion - the ways animals move - and brain architecture, using high-definition 3D models of lizard and snake ... read more

Changing Wildfires in the California's Sierra Nevada May Threaten Northern Goshawks

Research suggests fire, as it becomes more frequent and severe, poses a substantial risk to goshawks in the Sierra Nevada ... read more

Carbon Emissions from Volcanic Rocks Can Create Global Warming

Greenhouse gas emissions released directly from the movement of volcanic rocks are capable of creating massive global warming effects -- a discovery which could transform the way scientists predict ... read more

Less Rice, More Nutritious Crops Will Enhance India's Food Supply

India can sustainably enhance its food supply if its farmers plant less rice and more nutritious and environmentally-friendly crops, including finger millet, pearl millet, and sorghum, according to a ... read more

Gulf of Mexico Coral Reefs to Protect from Storm Surge in the Future -- But Will They?

Researchers used 120,000-year-old fossils to predict how Gulf of Mexico coral reefs will respond to climate change toward the end of this ... read more

Atmospheric River Storms Create $1 Billion-a-Year Flood Damage

Researchers found that flooding has caused nearly $51 billion in damages to western states in the last 40 years. More than 84 percent of these damages were caused by atmospheric rivers (ARs), long ... read more

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