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Liverwort Genes and Land Plant Evolution

An international team including DOE Joint Genome Institute researchers analyzed the genome sequence of the common liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) to identify genes and gene families deemed crucial to plant evolution and have been conserved over mil...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Embargo expired on 05-Oct-2017 at 12:00 ET

Impact of Extreme Winter Weather on Hardwood Forests

Ice storms can have devastating results for trees in forests, too. New research studied the effects of lab-created ice storms on forest ecosystems. The “Why Ice Storms Aren’t Cool” presentation at the Managing Global Resources for a Secure Futu...

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

Embargo expired on 05-Oct-2017 at 00:00 ET

World-Leading Expert on Humanitarian Logistics From Rensselaer To Discuss Puerto Rico’s Supply Chain Struggles To Disperse Aid

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria wrecked devastation on Puerto Rico, destroying the power grid and leaving millions without access to necessities, distributing aid remains an issue. Extreme events pose serious logistical challenges to emergency and ai...

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– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Benchmarking Computational Methods for Metagenomes

In Nature Methods, a team including DOE JGI researchers described the results of the Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation (CAMI) Challenge, the first-ever, community-organized benchmarking assessment of computational tools for metagenomes...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Methods

In Iceland Stream, Possible Glimpse Of Warming Future

When a normally cold stream in Iceland was warmed, the make-up of life inside changed as larger organisms thrived while smaller ones struggled. The findings carry implications for life in a warming climate.

– University of Alabama

Ecology; Global Change Biology

Researchers Receive Funding to Advance Accuracy of Hurricane Storm Surge Forecasts

During the four-year study, University of Notre Dame researchers will work to develop improved storm surge models that incorporate fine-scale data to increase the accuracy of forecasts, while also maintaining reduced computer time and reasonable comp...

– University of Notre Dame

Researchers Identify Free-Flowing Aerosol Particles Using Holograms, Lasers

Holographic images of free-flowing air particles may help climate change and biological weapons watchdogs better monitor the atmosphere, according to a recent Kansas State University study. Principle investigator Matthew Berg, associate professor of ...

– Kansas State University

Scientific Reports

Large Volcanic Eruptions in Tropics Can Trigger El Niño Events

Explosive volcanic eruptions in the tropics can lead to El Niño events, those notorious warming periods in the Pacific Ocean with dramatic global impacts on the climate, according to a new study.

– Rutgers University

Nature Communications ; Rutgers Today

Prairie Strips Yield Big Environmental Benefits in Agricultural Fields, According to 10 Years of Recently Published Data

The Iowa State University Prairie STRIPS project has found the strategic use of native prairie plants among agricultural fields yields a wide range of environmental benefits, including erosion and runoff reduction and increased wildlife habitat. The ...

– Iowa State University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Ammonia Emissions Unlikely to Be Causing Extreme China Haze

As China struggles to find ways to remedy the noxious haze that lingers over Beijing and other cities in the winter, researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology have cast serious doubt on one proposed cause: high levels of ammonia in the air.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Scientific Reports; AGS-1360730

Regional Hurricane Success Stories

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance works across the region addressing issues of human, economic, and ecological resilience. Here, we share success stories from our partners. In no way do we want to diminish the long recovery ahead following Hurricanes Ha...

– Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Global Temperature Report: September 2017

Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.13 C per decade

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Scientists Find Evidence that Siberian Volcanic Eruptions Caused Extinction 250 Million Years Ago

A team of scientists has found new evidence that the Great Permian Extinction, which occurred approximately 250 million years ago, was caused by massive volcanic eruptions that led to significant environmental changes.

– New York University

Scientific Reports

Beavers Shape Northern Minnesota Ecosystem

Beavers have probably been more influential than humans in altering the ecosystem of the Kabetogama Peninsula which is home to Voyageurs National Park near International Falls, Minnesota.

– South Dakota State University

Beavers: Boreal Ecosystem Engineers

Helping Communities Weather the Storms

GCOOS collects data from more than 2,000 ocean sensors that play a critical role in hurricane forecasting and ensures that the information is timely, reliable, accurate and -- above all -- available to those working to understand ocean systems and su...

– Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)

A Stinging Report: FSU Research Shows Climate Change a Major Threat to Bumble Bees

New research from a team of Florida State University scientists and their collaborators is helping to explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic decline in bumble bee populations worldwide.

– Florida State University

Ecology Letters

Embargo expired on 29-Sep-2017 at 00:00 ET

Fall Foliage: As Greens Fade, Reds and Yellows Pop

Every year around this time, nature puts her greens to bed and awakens her autumn colors. That palette of reds, yellows and oranges painting the landscape is part of a very important ecological process.

– University of Kentucky

Hunt Is Over for One of the ‘Top 50 Most-Wanted Fungi’

In a step toward bridging the gap between fungal taxonomy and molecular ecology, scientists from several institutions including Los Alamos National Laboratory have characterized a sample of “mystery” fungus collected in North Carolina and found i...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory



U.S. Department of Energy Awards Danforth Center $16M to Enhance Sorghum for Bioenergy

This project aims to deliver stress-tolerant sorghum lines, addressing DOE's mission in the generation of renewable energy resources.

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Expert Pitch

Puerto Ricans Fleeing Maria Devastation Could Face Uphill Economic Battle in US

– Cornell University

Repealing the Clean Power Plan Would Be Irresponsible: ATS

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Catholic Church’s Move Away From Fossil Fuels Sets It Up as Sustainability Leader

– Cornell University

Reactions to Las Vegas Mass Shooting and Recent Hurricanes Vary Among Americans

– West Virginia University

Electric Cars May Up Demand for Power, but Renewables Are Poised to Benefit

– Cornell University


New Chameleon Species Discovered (Video)

The Ph.D. candidate in UTEP’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program has discovered three new species of chameleons. The reptile trio, historically thought to be a single species, was found in different parts of the Albertine Rift in Central Afri...

– University of Texas at El Paso





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