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Temporary 'Bathtub Drains' in the Ocean Concentrate Flotsam

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An experiment using hundreds of plastic drifters in the Gulf of Mexico shows that rather than simply spread out, as current calculations would predict, many of them clumped together in a tight cluster.

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Civil War-Era U.S. Navy Ships’ Logs to Be Explored for Climate Data, Maritime History

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A new fleet joins the ongoing quest to learn more about past weather from the records of long-gone mariners.

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Climate Change Linked to More Flowery Tropical Forests

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New research from a Florida State University scientist has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in a remote tropical forest.

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Birds, Ecology, Lighting, Urban Planning, Migration patterns, Zoology, Ornithology

City Lights Setting Traps for Migrating Birds

A University of Delaware study has examined how light pollution lures birds into urban areas during fall migration, a trend that poses risk for the fowl that often fly into buildings and has increased with the addition of brighter LED lights. The researchers were interested in seeing what factors shape the birds' distributions and why they occur in certain areas.

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Queen’s University Scientist Helps Uncover Secret of Mass Mortality Event in Remote Steppe Grassland of Central Asia

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Professor Eric Morgan, a Professor at the Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast, along with an interdisciplinary, international research team has investigated the sudden death of over 200,000 saiga antelopes (more than 80% of the affected population and more than 60% of the global population of this species) in Kazakhstan in May 2015, which left the world baffled.

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The Biggest Little Detectors

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The international ProtoDUNE project is building two smaller-scale test detectors for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. But even the smaller detectors in this case are enormous and complex.

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UF/IFAS Researchers Awarded $10.5m to Work on Citrus Greening Resistance or Tolerance

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Three University of Florida scientists will use the grants to study ways to help growers cope with the disease, including research on genetic editing that may produce potentially resistant fruit and trees.

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World Needs Broader Appreciation of Nature’s Contributions to People

Writing in the prestigious journal Science, 30 global experts associated with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) have presented an innovative new approach to obtaining benefits from nature.

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Astrobiologist Named NASA Planetary Protection Officer

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Indiana University astrobiologist Lisa Pratt has been named to a NASA position responsible for protecting the planet from microscopic threats originating on other planets. As planetary protection officer, she will be responsible for the protection of Earth from potential contamination by extraterrestrial life forms, including potential microorganisms that could live in the ice or groundwater of Mars, as well as preventing accidental transportation of Earth's microbes to other planets through exploratory probes -- or the boots of astronauts.

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DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar Visits SLAC

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Paul Dabbar, the Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science, visited SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Jan. 17 for a day of tours and discussions on how the lab is driving scientific innovation. His visit included meetings with SLAC and Stanford leadership, as well as researchers and scientists involved in the lab’s X-ray science, particle physics and astrophysics, technology innovation and applied energy programs.







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