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Infected Insects Cause a Stink

In a paper published today in Scientific Reports, a team led by Adler Dillman, assistant professor of parasitology in UCR’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, has shown how nematodes use smell to seek out uninfected insects, which they t...

– University of California, Riverside

Scientific Reports; AI119155

New Shark Species Glows in the Dark, Weighs About 2 Pounds and Has a Huge Nose

Just as “Shark Week” is gearing up, researchers have discovered a new species of shark 17 years in the making. Like finding a needle in a haystack, it was well worth the wait as this elusive creature is yet to be seen in the wild.

– Florida Atlantic University


Taking the Genomic Revolution to Corn Fields to Improve Crops

By bringing the genomic revolution into corn fields, Genomes2Fields aims to improve the nation’s corn crop by uncovering how genomes — the blueprints for plants — are turned into yield, stress resistance, and all manner of different traits.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Hindcasting” Study Investigates the Extreme 2013 Colorado Flood

Using a publicly available climate model, Berkeley Lab researchers “hindcast” the conditions that led to the Sept. 9-16, 2013 flooding around Boulder, Colo. and found that climate change attributed to human activity made the storm much more sever...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Weather and Climate Extremes

A Step Closer to Halting the Spread of Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya

Upstate Medical University researcher Anna Stewart Ibarra, Ph.D., M.P.A., and her colleagues have created a mathematical model that can serve as a guide to make monthly predictions on when people are at greatest risk for contracting mosquito-borne vi...

– SUNY Upstate Medical University

Pangolins at ‘Huge Risk’ as Study Reveals Dramatic Increases in Hunting Across Central Africa

Hunting of pangolins, the world’s most illegally traded mammal, increased by a staggering 150 percent in Central African forests from 1970s up to 2014, according to a new study by the University of Sussex, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and o...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Analysis of Animal Teeth Suggests Neolithic Cattle Grazed at Home and Away

An international team of researchers has shown in unprecedented detail that prehistoric farmers took their animals away from permanent settlements to graze in more fertile areas – probably because of high demand for land locally.

– University of Southampton


Could Spraying Particles Into Marine Clouds Help Cool the Planet?

A first test of humans’ ability to modify clouds would help explain the behavior of clouds and aerosols, while also testing a possible future climate emergency measure.

– University of Washington

Earth's Future

NUS Scientists Identify Optimal Areas for Conservation and Agriculture in the Tropics

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has recently completed a global study on the trade-offs between the benefits provided by tropical forests and its conversion for agricultural use. The team examined deforestation a...

– National University of Singapore

Plos Biology

Like to Lie in the Hammock? That – and Other Variables -- Will Trigger How You Fertilize, Irrigate

Urban residents value their lawns through their own prisms, and those values lead to a range of efficiency in how they irrigate and fertilize, a new University of Florida study shows.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Making Flood Forecasting Easier, Faster

Floods and tornadoes are the deadliest disasters in the world. In the United States alone, approximately 80 lives are lost every year due to flood related incidents. In addition to the loss of lives, the nation loses billions of dollars in property d...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Get a Whiff of This - Cornell Corpse Flower Set for First Outdoor Bloom

How does a giant, foul-smelling plant from the tropics fare in an outdoor garden in New York? We will soon find out.

– Cornell University

National Research Council Team with USCG and DHS to Advance Icebreaking Technology

Today, the National Research Council of Canada hosted dignitaries from USCG, DHS S&T, and U.S. Navy to discuss and showcase progress made on the testing and evaluation of design models for the U.S. heavy polar icebreaker acquisition program.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Get Ready for Shark Week

With Shark Week returning to Discovery Channel this Sunday, Texas A&M University shark expert Dr. David Wells can help viewers get familiar with the famous underwater predator from tip to tail.

Expert Available

– Texas A&M University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Names New Director of Lighting Research Center

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has named Professor Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., as director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), after serving as the center’s acting director over the past year.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

CSU Joins Effort to Drive Clean Energy Innovation

The California State University (CSU) has partnered with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) to develop the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Researchers Receive $2.9 Million for 5-Year Monsoon Study

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are at the forefront of a five-year study to measure oceanic and atmospheric conditions and flow patterns of monsoons across the Indian Ocean, in particular Bay of Bengal, to help improve predictive models....

– University of Notre Dame

Buchanan Named Deputy for Science and Technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Michelle Buchanan, an accomplished scientific leader and researcher, has been appointed Deputy for Science and Technology at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory by new Lab Director Thomas Zacharia.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Arkansas Professor Receives $500k to Improve Transportation Fuel Cells

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor has received $500,000 to develop high-performance, cost-effective transportation fuel cells. Dr. Tansel Karabacak, professor of physics and astronomy at UA Little Rock, received $400,000 from the U.S....

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock





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