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Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light on Search for Perpetual Green Energy

In an amazing achievement akin to adding solar panels to your body, a Northeast sea slug sucks raw materials from algae to provide its lifetime supply of solar-powered energy, according to a study by Rutgers University–New Brunswick and other scien...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Molecular Biology and Evolution; Rutgers Today


Mercury Rising: Are the Fish We Eat Toxic?

Canadian researchers say industrial sea fishing may be exposing people in coastal and island nations to excessively high levels of mercury.

– Universite de Montreal

Scientific Reports


Biology Student Uses Appalachian Forests to Improve Future Climate Predictions

A West Virginia University student is using Appalachian forests to improve predictions of future climate change.

– West Virginia University


U.S. Gains in Air Quality Are Slowing Down

After decades of progress in cleaning up air quality, U.S. improvements for two key air pollutants have slowed significantly in recent years, new research concludes. The unexpected finding indicates that it may be more difficult than previously reali...

– National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

PNAS


Global Temperature Report: April 2018

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

– University of Alabama Huntsville


Researchers Model How Midwestern Land-Use Changes Affect Carbon Storage Over the Last 165 Years

Expanded agricultural activity throughout the Midwest since 1850 has reduced the amount of carbon that can be stored in the soil, according to models designed by ISU scientists. However, modern farming practices such as no till can improve carbon seq...

– Iowa State University

Global Change Biology

Embargo expired on 01-May-2018 at 09:00 ET


Story Tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, May 2018

ORNL studies how some trees respond and recover after heat waves; sensors collect data to uniquely identify vehicles; catalysis data calculations assist in overcoming limiting factor to break down olefins; ORNL tested NASA space probe instruments’ ...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Environmental Research Letters, Apr-2018; Science, Mar-2018; Science Advances, Apr-2018; IEEE Vehicle Technology Conference, Jun-2017


Take Me Home, Country Roads: The Future of Autonomous and Electric Vehicles in Rural Areas

Michigan Tech is one of eight universities competing in the AutoDrive Challenge, a design competition sponsored by SAE International and GM. Teams must convert an electrical vehicle, a Chevy Bolt, into an SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle. Their first c...

– Michigan Technological University


What Is a “Green Roof” and Are They Helpful to the Environment?

The concrete jungle is anything but natural. But there are ways to help it be a little greener. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) May 1 Soils Matter blog explains what green roofs are, and how they benefit urban life.

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)


UF/IFAS Engineer to Lead Research Into Environmentally Induced Migration

The Department of Defense wants to know as far in advance as possible when and where these mass migrations are likeliest to happen. That way, the federal government can know when and where to deploy military force and where to send humanitarian aid, ...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


UAH Cave Ecologist Sheds Light on Subterranean Species

Dr. Matthew Niemiller, an assistant professor of ecology at UAH, conducts field research in caves throughout the Tennessee Valley and around the country to better understand species that are rare, threatened, endangered, or relatively unknown.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Subterranean Biology 24: 1-9; PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160408; Subterranean Biology 20: 39-50; Insect Conservation and Diversity Volume10, Issue6 November 2017 Pages 495-501


Scientists Project a Drier Amazon and Wetter Indonesia in the Future

Climate models predict that an increase in greenhouse gases will dry out the Amazon rainforest in the future while causing wetter conditions in the woodlands of Africa and Indonesia. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other insti...

– University of California, Irvine

Nature Climate Change, April 2018


Bleaching of Coral Reefs Reduced Where Daily Temperature Changes Are Large

Coral reef bleaching is stark evidence of the damage being inflicted by global climate change on marine ecosystems, but a research team led by scientists at the University of California, Irvine has found some cause for hope. While many corals are dyi...

– University of California, Irvine

Nature Communications, April-2018


New Study Addresses the Role of Health in Climate Lawsuits

A new analysis investigates the role of health concerns in climate litigation since 1990 and finds that although health is cited in a minority of cases, it may have critical potential for protecting communities from the effects of climate change and ...

– George Washington University

American Journal of Public Health


Announcements


NYU Receives $2.1 Million NSF Grant to Gauge Future Sea-Level Rise

NYU has received a $2.1 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to better understand the forces behind sea-level rise—a development that has concerned scientists in recent decades because it points to the possibility of global...

– New York University

Embargo expired on 30-Apr-2018 at 06:00 ET


Expert Pitch


Kansas State University Infectious Disease Expert Can Comment on Rise in Mosquito-Borne Diseases in U.S.

– Kansas State University


Insect Biologist Available to Talk About Increase in Diseases Transmitted by Mosquito Bites

– Bowling Green State University


Midwest Tick Expert Available to Comment on U.S. Rise in Illness From Ticks, Mosquitos and Fleas

– Indiana University


Biologist Available to Discuss CDC Report on Increase in Infections From Insects and Arachnids to Humans

– Northern Arizona University

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