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Study Finds Benefits to Burning Flint Hills Prairie in Fall and Winter

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A new study looks at 20 years of data concerning the consequences of burning Flint Hills prairie at different times of the year. It finds that burning outside of the current late spring time frame has no measurable negative consequences for the prairie, and in fact, may have multiple benefits.

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UF Study Advances ‘DNA Revolution,’ Tells Butterflies’ Evolutionary History

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By tracing nearly 3,000 genes to the earliest common ancestor of butterflies and moths, University of Florida scientists have created an extensive “Tree of Lepidoptera” in the first study to use large-scale, next-generation DNA sequencing.

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Nanostructured Metal-Oxide Catalyst Efficiently Converts CO2 to Methanol

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a new catalytic system for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) to methanol-a key commodity used to create a wide range of industrial chemicals and fuels. With significantly higher activity than other catalysts now in use, the new system could make it easier to get normally unreactive CO2 to participate in these reactions.

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Shrinking Dinosaurs Evolved Into Flying Birds

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A new study led by an Australian scientist has revealed how massive, meat-eating, ground-dwelling dinosaurs − the theropods − evolved into agile flyers: they just kept shrinking and shrinking, for over 50 million years.

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New Mapping Approach Lets Scientists Zoom In and Out as the Brain Processes Sound

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins have mapped the sound-processing part of the mouse brain in a way that keeps both the proverbial forest and the trees in view. Their imaging technique allows zooming in and out on views of brain activity within mice, and it enabled the team to watch brain cells light up as mice “called” to each other. The results, which represent a step toward better understanding how our own brains process language, appear online July 31 the journal Neuron.

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WIU Professors Explain Impact of Updated U.S. Seismic Hazard Maps

Two Western Illinois University Professors have extensive experience in the study of earthquakes, including how the recent changes in the seismic maps impact their classroom work.

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Texas Tech Researchers Discover Low-Grade Nonwoven Cotton Picks Up 50 Times Own Weight of Oil

Nonwoven cotton could become the new picker-upper for oil spills.

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Panthers Prey on Ranchers’ Calves, but Amount Varies, UF/IFAS Research Shows

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Study looked at panther behavior at two Florida cattle ranches, confirmed calf predation as a problem.

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