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A Fairy -Tail Ending: Public School in New York Tells a Cinderella Story with Russian Tigers

The story of Zolushka—“Cinderella” in the Russian language—captured hearts across the world in 2013 when this young, orphaned tigress was rescued in the wild by scientists, reared for a short time in captivity, and then released back into the...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Ancient Otter Tooth Found in Mexico Suggests Mammals Migrated Across America

An ancient otter tooth recently discovered in Mexico suggests certain mammals migrated across America during the Miocene geologic epoch, roughly 23 million to 5.3 million years ago. The new hypothesized route questions other theories such as migrati...

– University at Buffalo

Biology Letters

Embargo expired on 13-Jun-2017 at 20:05 ET

Newly Transitioned Hurricane Decision Support Platform Gives Emergency Managers More Capabilities

By improving visualization of weather data and information, an Emergency Manager can review the various data sources more efficiently, and HV-X gives emergency managers more tools and capabilities to support their recommendations and decision making....

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Water Management Interventions Push Scarcity Downstream

Human interventions to harness water resources, such as reservoirs, dams, and irrigation measures, have increased water availability for much of the global population, but at the same time, swept water scarcity problems downstream.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Embargo expired on 15-Jun-2017 at 05:00 ET

Promiscuous Salamander Uses Genes From Three Partners Equally

A UI study shows that a unique all-female lineage of salamander equally balances genes from the males of three other salamander species. The findings highlight the bizarre ways some animals reproduce in order to preserve their species. The results we...

– University of Iowa

Genome Biology and Evolution 10.1093/gbe/evx059

Where Climate Change Is Most Likely to Induce Food Violence

While climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, new research suggests that the strength of a country’s government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings.

– Ohio State University

Journal of Peace Research

Polymer Removes Highly Toxic Pollutant From Water

A Northwestern University-led research team has discovered an inexpensive and renewable material that rapidly removes PFOA, a highly toxic pollutant, from water. The treatment effectively eliminates the micropollutant, which has plagued several U.S. ...

– Northwestern University


Lost Ecosystem Found Buried in Mud of Southern California Coastal Waters

Paleontologists Adam Tomašových of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and Susan Kidwell of the University of Chicago examine a lost ecosystem of scallops and shelled marine organisms called brachiopods in a new study.

– University of Chicago

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Look Out California! UF Scientist Says Artichokes May Grow in Warm, Humid Florida

UF/IFAS assistant professor Shinsuke Agehara said that the ‘Imperial Artichoke’ shows the most promise of growing in Florida’s warm, humid climate. Growers will need to use a natural plant hormone called gibberellic acid to maximize growth.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Wildfires Pollute Much More Than Previously Thought

Wildfires are major polluters. Their plumes are three times as dense with aerosol-forming fine particles as previously believed. For the first time, researchers have flown an orchestra of modern instruments through brutishly turbulent wildfire plumes...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres; NNX12AB77G; NNX15AT90G; NNX12AC06G; NNX14AP46GACCDAM

Embargo expired on 14-Jun-2017 at 10:00 ET

Scientists Discover More Effective, and Potentially Safer, Crystalized Form of DDT

A team of scientists has discovered a new crystal form of DDT that is more effective against insects than the existing one. Its research points to the possibility of developing a new version of solid DDT—a pesticide that has historically been linke...

– New York University

Angewandte Chemie

Musk Deer Poaching in Russia Linked to Logging Roads

Musk deer are small, shy, fanged deer targeted by poachers across Asia for the musk gland found in males, a substance that, gram from gram, is more valuable than gold.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Tulane Researchers Develop Map Showing La. Sinking One-Third Inch Per Year

Researchers at Tulane University have developed a subsidence map of coastal Louisiana, putting the rate at which this region is sinking at just over one third of an inch per year.

– Tulane University

GSA Today, June 2017

Widespread Snowmelt in West Antarctica During Unusually Warm Summer

An area of West Antarctica more than twice the size of California partially melted in 2016 when warm winds forced by an especially strong El Niño blew over the continent, an international group of researchers has determined.

– Ohio State University

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 15-Jun-2017 at 05:00 ET

UC Blum Federation Releases Discovering Solutions for Global Wellbeing

The UC Blum Federation has released a compendium of research working toward reducing poverty and improving health for all populations.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Scientists Report Large-Scale Surface Melting Event in Antarctica during 2015-16 El Niño

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, a landbound mass of ice larger than Mexico, experienced substantial surface melt through the austral summer of 2015-2016 during one of the largest El Niño events of the past 50 years

– University of California San Diego

Nature Communications; PLR-1443443; 477 PLR-1341695; DE478 SC0012704; NNX15AN45H; DE-AC02-06CH11357; PLR-1443495

Embargo expired on 15-Jun-2017 at 05:00 ET

Promising Peas’ Potential in Big Sky Country

Changing over from all wheat to wheat-pea rotations can be uncertain. To help, researchers have been studying how pea genetics interact with the environment to affect crop yields, pea protein and starch content for market demands.

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Agronomy Journal, May 11 2017

Hydroelectric Dams May Jeopardize the Amazon’s Future

Hundreds of built and proposed hydroelectric dams may significantly harm life in and around the Amazon by trapping the flow of rich nutrients and modifying the climate from Central America to the Gulf of Mexico. These findings, published in Nature, e...

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Defrosting the World’s Freezer: Thawing Permafrost

In some of the coldest places in the world, scientists supported by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science are studying how permafrost thaws. Using both field and laboratory data, these researchers are collaborating with modelers to improve o...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Why Microplastic Debris May Be the Next Big Threat to Our Seas

More than five trillion pieces of plastic debris are estimated to be in our oceans, though many are impossible to see with the naked eye.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

$1 Million Grant to Study Whether Prairies Can Help Beehives Keep the Weight on

Iowa State University researchers are studying how prairie may help honey bees build sufficient honey stores to last through lean winters. The research group recently received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to further the ...

– Iowa State University

Know of a Homemade Mosquito Repellent?

If you have a recipe for homemade mosquito repellent, two New Mexico State University professors want to hear about it.

– New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Large Canadian Arctic climate change study cancelled due to climate change

The Science Team of the Canadian Research Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen has cancelled the first leg of the 2017 Expedition due to complications associated with the southward motion of hazardous Arctic sea ice, caused by climate change.

– University of Manitoba

Goodness Snakes Alive! As the Weather Warms, People and Snakes Are Destined to Meet

Human/snake encounters will increase with the start of summer. UAB experts offer tips on avoiding snakebite, or dealing with one if bitten.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Amherst President Asserts Commitment to Climate Goals

Biddy Martin is among more than 1,200 leaders to sign a new statement about the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

– Amherst College

UF Weed Scientist to Lead Aquatic Invasives Center

Among his many goals, Jason Ferrell hopes to work with state agencies and UF/IFAS Extension faculty to bridge the knowledge gap among some clientele. Some of those clients seem to have qualms about such invasive control techniques as pesticides or he...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

NSF Grant to Support Program Tackling ‘Heavy Metals’ in Chicago

UIC receives NSF grant to develop high school programs to study urban 'heavy metals' pollution in Chicago.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

12th Annual Symposium of the Penn Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology

Several critical periods over a human life span – including before birth -- determine when individuals are the most susceptible to environmental toxicants. Researchers will gather at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Tips for Tick Removal From Lyme Disease Expert at Binghamton University

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Plants to Beat the First Summer Heat

– Cornell University





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