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Nature’s Whistles: Rodents Use a Mechanism Like Police Whistle to Produce Ultrasonic Vocalizations

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The anatomy and mechanisms underlying vocal production are often poorly described, especially in small animals, but thanks to new imaging technology, NAU researchers were able to examine the laryngeal structures of small rodents for the first time.

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Solar System, Milky Way, A/2017 U1, NASA, Asteroid, Planetary Formation, near-earth objects, Astronomy, Space

Astronomer: Interstellar Mystery Object Indicative of Planetary Formation Throughout Milky Way

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Northern Arizona University, Center for Bioengineering Innovation, Loren Buck, Frank von Hippel, St. Lawrence Island, Yupik Eskimos, persistent organic pollutants, National Institutes of Health, Gene Expression, model organism, Biomarker, community-based participatory research

Protecting Future Generations: Scientists Study Arctic Community’s Exposure to Toxic Pollutants

Two professors with Northern Arizona University’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation (CBI) and Department of Biological Sciences—environmental physiologist Loren Buck and ecotoxicologist Frank von Hippel—are working on a long-term research project studying the link between the toxic chemicals polluting St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, and the health of the island’s population.

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New Research Shows Dinosaur Dung Fertilizes Planet

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According to NAU researcher Chris Doughty, these large animals are important not for the quantity of dung they produce, but for their ability to move long distances across landscapes, effectively mixing the nutrients.

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Northern Arizona University, Health Disparities, Center for Health Equity Research, Julie Baldwin, Diane Stearns, Southwest, Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC), Biomedical Research, Behavioral Research, Clinical Research

Funded by $21.4 Million Grant, New NAU Research Center Will Address Health Disparities Across Southwest

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Professors Julie Baldwin and Diane Stearns will lead the project, which focuses on increasing NAU's basic research capacity to address health disparities among the region's underserved populations.

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Asteroid, Space, 2012 TC-4, TC-4, Astronomy, near-earth objects, Meteoroid

Expert on Near-Earth Space Objects Available to Discuss Thursday's Asteroid Appearance

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Soil Fungi, Seedlings, Trees, drought tolerance, Northern Arizona University, NAU

Mommy and Me: Parent Trees Pass to Offspring Fungal Associations That May Provide Drought Tolerance

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Soil fungi that help promote drought tolerance in pinyon pine (Pinus edulis), a dominant tree in the Southwest, are passed from mother trees to their offspring, according to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Earthquakes, earthquake swarm, Aftershocks, Fault Lines, Fault Topography, Geology, Seismology, Plate Tectonics

Expert available to discus earthquake swarm, 8.0M earthquake in Mexico

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Forest Fires, Wildfires, Fire ecology, fire behavior, forest restoration, fire season, Western U.S.

Forestry Experts Available to Discuss Causes, Effects of Dozens of Fires in Western U.S.

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U.S. Permafrost Expert Selected to Be Lead Author for Global Report on Cryosphere, Dangers of Its Thawing

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Ecologist Ted Schuur studies the frozen lands in the Arctic that are thawing as the climate warms, releasing previously captured greenhouse gases into the environment and continuing the cycle.







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