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Big Herbivorous Dinosaurs Ate Crustaceans as Side Dish

Some big plant-eating dinosaurs roaming present-day Utah some 75 million years ago were slurping up crustaceans on the side, a behavior that may have been tied to reproductive activities, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.  

– University of Colorado Boulder

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 21-Sep-2017 at 09:00 ET

Sensing Their Way to the Future

The Northwestern Institute of Science and Engineering this summer offered its inaugural summer research program for 12 undergraduate science and engineering majors. During the 10-week program, the students worked on projects of mutual strategic impor...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Breaking Legume’s Crop Wild Relative Barrier

In a new study, scientists report significant strides in transferring disease- and stress-resistance traits from wild relatives of several legumes to their domesticated varieties.

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

Crop Science, June 16, 2017

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2017 at 09:00 ET

When Residents Take Charge of Their Rainforests, Fewer Trees Die

When the government gives citizens a personal stake in forested land, trees don’t disappear as quickly and environmental harm slows down.

– Ohio State University

Land Economics

Wave Glider Surfs Across Stormy Drake Passage in Antarctica

A hardy ocean drone made a first-ever attempt to surf across Antarctica’s stormy Drake Passage gathering data about ocean mixing.

– University of Washington

Oceanography Magazine

3-D Analysis of Dog Fossils Sheds Light on Domestication Debate

In an effort to settle the debate about the origin of dog domestication, a technique that uses 3-D scans of fossils is helping researchers determine the difference between dogs and wolves.

– Cornell University

Scientific Reports, August 2017

WVU Biology Students Investigate the Impact of Climate Change on Appalachian Forests

Biology students at West Virginia University are studying the impact of climate change on the forests of the Appalachian Mountains. Justin Mathias and Nanette Raczka, Ph.D. students in the Department of Biology, have received Smithsonian Center for T...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

WVU Biology Students Investigate the Impact of Climate Change on Appalachian Forests

Biology students at West Virginia University are studying the impact of climate change on the forests of the Appalachian Mountains.

– West Virginia University

Monk Parakeets Invade Mexico

In a new paper published in PLOS ONE, researchers describe a recent, rapid, and ongoing invasion of monk parakeets in Mexico, and the regulatory changes that affected the species’ spread.

– Santa Fe Institute


New Report Sheds Light on How Effective Nonprofits Expand Their Reach Through Partnerships

As funders, social innovators, policymakers and researchers pay greater attention to expanding the reach of effective programs, a new report analyzes how 45 nonprofits did just that by creating partnerships to serve more people while still maintainin...

– Wallace Foundation

Rogue Wave Analysis Supports Investigation of the El Faro Sinking

A new analysis done to support the investigation into the 2015 sinking of the El Faro cargo ship has calculated the likelihood of a massive rogue wave during Hurricane Joaquin in October of that year – and demonstrated a new technique for evaluatin...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Scientific Reports

Devastating Tree Fungus Found in Brooklyn and Four Long Island Towns

Cornell University scientists in partnership with state agencies identified oak wilt, a devastating pathogenic fungus that kills oak trees, in six new locations throughout New York state: four towns on Long Island, Brooklyn and Canandaigua.

– Cornell University

Science Denial Not Limited to Political Right

A new study from social psychologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests people of all political backgrounds can be motivated to participate in science denial.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Social Psychological and Personality Science

UF Experts Offer Tips for Tree, Lawn Survival Post-Irma

Researchers and Extension faculty suggest resetting uprooted palms and trees only after they have been examined for safety and deemed worthy of replanting. For hardwood trees, if a majority of major anchor roots have been fractured, it is unlikely th...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Gulf Spill Oil Dispersants Associated with Health Symptoms in Cleanup Workers

Workers who were likely exposed to dispersants while cleaning up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill experienced a range of health symptoms including cough and wheeze, and skin and eye irritation, according to scientists at the National Institutes o...

– National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)


‘Surfing Robot’ Tracking Water Data As Harvey’s Rains Flow Toward Fragile Coral Reefs

While you read this, an unmanned Wave Glider surface vehicle is riding swells alone in the Gulf of Mexico, collecting critically needed post-Hurricane Harvey water quality data.

– Texas A&M University

Hurricane Harvey May Have Worsened Beach Erosion

Hurricane Harvey left its mark on much of the Texas coast, leaving at least $100 billion in damages, but it very likely worsened a problem that has been plaguing the coast for years – beach erosion.

– Texas A&M University

Deep Roots in Plants Driven by Soil Hydrology

Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, the depth of plant roots, which varies between...

– Rutgers University

Proceedings of the National Academy oif

Embargo expired on 18-Sep-2017 at 15:00 ET

Catching a Diversity of Fish Species — Instead of Specializing — Means More Stable Income for Fishers

A team of scientists analyzed nearly 30 years of revenue and permitting records for individuals fishing in Alaskan waters and tracked how their fishing choices, in terms of permits purchased and species caught, influenced their year-to-year income vo...

– University of Washington


Embargo expired on 18-Sep-2017 at 15:00 ET

A Cereal Survives Heat and Drought

An international consortium under the lead of the non-profit organization "International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics" (ICRISAT) and participation of a research team around the system biologist Wolfram Weckwerth has published th...

– University of Vienna

Nature Biotechnology

Embargo expired on 18-Sep-2017 at 11:00 ET

Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene

Berkeley Lab scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Energy and Environmental Science, September 2017

Reliance on ‘Gut Feelings’ Linked to Belief in Fake News

People who tend to trust their intuition or to believe that the facts they hear are politically biased are more likely to stand behind inaccurate beliefs, a new study suggests.

– Ohio State University


How Can I Prevent Erosion and Runoff in My Yard?

Erosion can happen on any size property. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) September 15 Soils Matter blog post explains how to protect your yard—and our environment—from erosion.

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

Embargo expired on 15-Sep-2017 at 09:00 ET

Forest Restoration, Old Fish, Electric Eel Insight, and More in the Wildlife News Source

The latest research and features on ecology and wildlife.

– Newswise

UF Researcher Offers Tips on Controlling Mosquitoes After Hurricane

Hurricane Irma left a lot of standing water in the yards and homes of Florida residents. So, a University of Florida researcher suggests steps for making sure your home doesn’t become a haven for mosquitoes. Some mosquito species can lay up to 200 ...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Brookhaven's Computational Science Laboratory Accelerates Radar Simulator Code for Cloud Research

Atmospheric scientists will be able to more quickly evaluate how well cloud models simulate processes observed by radar and other sensors and to determine if observational systems are capturing accurate views of the atmosphere.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

SU Senior Turns Tornado Chaser During Summer Break

This summer, many of Alison Banks’ classmates caught some beachside rays. The Salisbury University senior preferred cloudy days. She attended the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at Colorado State University, chasing tornadoes wh...

– Salisbury University

Northern New Mexico Forest Restoration Project Includes Wildlife Study

Areas in the Northern New Mexico Jemez Mountains and Valles Caldera National Preserve have been through prescribed burns or forest thins to allow for a less dense canopy, so new grasses and shrubs may grow and so wildfires will be less destructive. T...

– New Mexico State University (NMSU)


Gulf of Mexico Alliance and BHP Form Partnership to Support the Pointe-au-Chien Tribe in Coastal Louisiana

The overarching goal of this project is to assist the Pointe-au-Chien community in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, Louisiana, by facilitating a self-assessment process to identify high priority actions that when implemented, can enhance cultural a...

– Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Tulane Receives Grant to Reduce Auto Emissions

Members of Tulane University’s Shantz Lab will work with industrial scientists to assist in the development of next-generation materials designed to reduce harmful automotive emissions. The three-year old lab and its group of students have receive...

– Tulane University

Advancing a Shared Goal for Farmers and Conservation

The Nature Conservancy and the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)—collectively known as the TriSocieties—today announced a new partnership to advance the science of s...

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

Embargo expired on 15-Sep-2017 at 12:05 ET

Expert Pitch

Need for Mitigation Grows as Ocean Temperatures Warm, Hurricanes Intensify, WVU Experts Say

– West Virginia University

Mexico Quake: Soil Shakes Like a Squash Ball Hit by a Bowling Ball, Seismologist Says

– Northwestern University

Geotechnical Engineer Available to Comment on Collapsed Buildings Due to Earthquake Near Mexico City

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Business Leaders Won’t Wait for White House to Tackle Climate Change

– Cornell University

Mexico City Earthquake: UM Experts Available to Discuss

– University of Michigan

Storm Experts Available to Talk About #Maria

– Florida State University

Understanding Disaster Relief and Tapping Your 401(k)

– Virginia Tech

Hot Days, Cold Nights Mean Fantastic Fall Foliage Forecast in New York

– Cornell University

Environmental Health Expert Available to Discuss Hurricane Jose, Maria Threats to the Carribean, Puerto Rico and East Coast

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Jose’s tropical force winds to hit NE, Long Island, Cape Cod

– Cornell University

Jose on the Way, East Coast Residents Need to Prepare Today

– Cornell University

Another Freaking Storm? PTSD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders to Be Expected.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

West Nile Virus and Infectious Diseases a Concern in Flooded Areas

– Cornell University

Pipeline Denial Important Step Away From Shale Gas

– Cornell University





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