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New Theory on Mystery of Fairy Circles of Namibia, Caves in Central China Show History of Natural Flood Patterns, Regional Sea-Level Scenarios Will Help Northeast Plan for Faster-Than-Global Rise, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

The latest research on the environment in the Environmental Science News Source

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How Much Drought Can a Forest Take?

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Aerial tree mortality surveys show patterns of tree death during extreme drought.

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The Tasmanian Tiger Had a Brain Structure Suited to a Predatory Life Style

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Brain scans suggest the action-planning part of the cortex was large in these extinct predators.

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Translating Basic Biological Research to Cancer Drug Discovery

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New information on the details of a key protein, obtained using DOE user facilities, could help scientists design ways to inhibit tumor growth without activating other tumor-producing pathways.

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Big Data Shows How What We Buy Affects Endangered Species

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The things we consume, from iPhones to cars to IKEA furniture, have costs that go well beyond their purchase price. What if the soybeans used to make that tofu you ate last night were grown in fields that were hewn out of tropical rainforests? Or if that tee-shirt you bought came from an industrial area that had been carved out of high-value habitat in Malaysia?

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December 2016 Health and Wellness Tips

Health and wellness tips about preventing blood shortages, cardiorespiratory fitness check-up, and avoid holiday heart syndrome.

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Insectivorous Long-Fingered Bats May Also Be Capable of Catching Fish, Should the Opportunity Arise

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Experience and learning may help bats improve their instinctive fishing technique

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Climate Change Is Already Causing Widespread Local Extinction in Plant and Animal Species

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Extinctions related to climate change have already happened in hundreds of plant and animal species around the world. New research, publishing on December 8th in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, shows that local extinctions have already occurred in 47% of the 976 plant and animal species studied.

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Study Explains Evolution Phenomenon That Puzzled Darwin

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Why do some animals have extravagant, showy ornaments -- think deer antlers, peacock feathers and horns on beetles -- that can be a liability to survival? Northwestern University researchers have a possible explanation for this puzzling phenomenon of evolution.

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Songbirds Sound the Alarm About Traffic Noise

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A new study led by Pacific University biologist Chris Templeton demonstrates that the alarm calls of songbirds are dramatically impaired by road traffic noise. Research by Templeton and colleagues has shown that signals critical for the survival of animals are compromised when birds live near even moderately busy roads.

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Moths, Trees, Defoliation, Caterpillars, plant protection

Emergence of winter moths has URI scientist worried about another spring of defoliation

Winter moths are creating a nuisance and laying eggs that may lead to another spring of defoliated and dying trees.

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Ocean Acidification Study Offers Warnings for Marine Life, Habitats

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Acidification of the world’s oceans could drive a cascading loss of biodiversity in some marine habitats, according to research published today in Nature Climate Change.

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REI Foundation Awards $200,000 Grant for Center for Nature and Health at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Supporting the intersection of children’s health and the outdoors, the REI Foundation is awarding a $200,000 grant to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Center for Nature and Health (CNH). CNH develops clinical programs, conducts original research, and seeks to address health inequities by promoting access to nature as part patients’ care and overall well-being.

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Study: Climate Change Could Outpace EPA Lake Protections

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New research suggests that Lake Champlain may be more susceptible to damage from climate change than was previously understood—and that, therefore, the rules created by the EPA to protect the lake may be inadequate to prevent algae blooms and water quality problems as the region gets hotter and wetter.

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Snake Black Market Poses Risk to Humans and Wildlife

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The illegal reptile trade, including venomous snakes, could put wildlife, the environment and human lives at risk, a new study has found.

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How Lightning Strikes Can Improve Storm Forecasts

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Research shows that real-time lightning observations could significantly improve forecasts of large storm events.

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Climate Change Already Dramatically Disrupting All Elements of Nature, Three New Bird Species Discovered in Africa, The Fastest Flyer in the Animal Kingdom, and More in the Wildlife News Source

The latest research and features on Animals in the Wildlife News Source

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Solar Cells Get Boost with Integration of Water-Splitting Catalyst Onto Semiconductor

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Berkeley Lab scientists have found a way to engineer the atomic-scale chemical properties of a water-splitting catalyst for integration with a solar cell, and the result is a big boost to the stability and efficiency of artificial photosynthesis. The research comes out of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), established to develop a cost-effective method of turning sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into fuel.

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Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat Is the Fastest Flyer in the Animal Kingdom

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Bats are not just skillful aviators, they can also reach record-breaking speeds.

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Large Numbers of Outdoor Cats Pose Challenges for Communities

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The number of outdoor cats in the city of Guelph is eye-raising, and these cats are more likely to be found in low-income residential areas, according to a new study from the University of Guelph.







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