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Released: 7-May-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Headwaters to Baywaters: A Future of Urban Resilience Launches
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

The goal of the Headwaters to Baywaters initiative is to ensure healthy lands, healthy waters, and healthy communities for the greater Houston region. The Headwaters to Baywaters initiative was launched by five partner organizations: Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC), Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP), Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF), Houston Audubon Society (HAS), and Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC).

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Released: 6-May-2021 4:45 PM EDT
First member of ill-fated 1845 Franklin expedition is identified by DNA analysis
University of Waterloo

With a living descendant's DNA sample, a team of researchers have identified the remains of John Gregory, engineer aboard HMS Erebus

Released: 6-May-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Ice core chemistry study expands insight into sea ice variability in Southern Hemisphere
University of Maine

Sea ice cover in the Southern Hemisphere is extremely variable, from summer to winter and from millennium to millennium, according to a University of Maine-led study. Overall, sea ice has been on the rise for about 10,000 years, but with some exceptions to this trend.

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Released: 6-May-2021 1:15 PM EDT
Slender-snouted Besanosaurus was an 8 m long marine snapper
PeerJ

Middle Triassic ichthyosaurs are rare, and mostly small in size. The new Besanosaurus specimens described in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ - the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences - by Italian, Swiss, Dutch and Polish paleontologists provide new information on the anatomy of this fish-like ancient reptile, revealing its diet and exceptionally large adult size: up to 8 meters, a real record among all marine predators of this geological epoch.

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Released: 6-May-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Navigational tools: Sharks use Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way home
Florida State University

Each year, many shark species migrate hundreds of miles, traversing ocean waters to return to the same spot year after year. Now, Florida State University researchers have found that sharks likely use the Earth’s magnetic fields to help guide them on these long-distance journeys.

Newswise: We Need to Build More EV Fast-Charging Stations, Researchers Say
Released: 6-May-2021 7:05 AM EDT
We Need to Build More EV Fast-Charging Stations, Researchers Say
University of California San Diego

A team of engineers recommends expanding fast-charging stations for electric vehicles as campuses and businesses start planning for a post-pandemic world. The recommendation is based on a study of charging patterns for electric vehicles on the University of California San Diego campus from early January to late May of 2020, after the university moved most of its operations online. Researchers say the findings can be applied to a broader range of settings.

Newswise: Green Bronx Machine Founder Stephen Ritz Wins 2021 CEA Disruptor Award
Released: 6-May-2021 6:00 AM EDT
Green Bronx Machine Founder Stephen Ritz Wins 2021 CEA Disruptor Award
Green Bronx Machine

Green Bronx Machine congratulates its founder Stephen Ritz who has received the 2021 Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Disruptor Award for the organization’s work during the pandemic.

Newswise: 5th cohort of five innovators selected for Chain Reaction Innovations program
Released: 5-May-2021 11:05 PM EDT
5th cohort of five innovators selected for Chain Reaction Innovations program
Argonne National Laboratory

Five new innovators will be joining Chain Reaction Innovations, the entrepreneurship program at Argonne National Laboratory, as part of the elite program’s fifth cohort to develop clean energy startups that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase U.S. competitiveness in emerging energy technologies.

Released: 5-May-2021 5:00 PM EDT
UNH Research: More Than One Way for Animals to Survive Climate Change
University of New Hampshire

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire found that to live in hotter more desert-like surroundings, and exist without water, there is more than one genetic mechanism allowing animals to adapt. This is important not only for their survival but may also provide important biomedical groundwork to develop gene therapies to treat human dehydration related illnesses, like kidney disease.

Newswise: Antarctica Remains the Wild Card for Sea-Level Rise Estimates Through 2100
Released: 5-May-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Antarctica Remains the Wild Card for Sea-Level Rise Estimates Through 2100
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A massive collaborative research project covered in the journal Nature this week offers projections to the year 2100 of future sea-level rise from all sources of land ice, offering the most complete projections created to date.

Newswise: Bees thrive where it's hot and dry: A unique biodiversity hotspot located in North America
Released: 5-May-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Bees thrive where it's hot and dry: A unique biodiversity hotspot located in North America
Pensoft Publishers

The United States-Mexico border traverses through large expanses of unspoiled land in North America, including a newly discovered worldwide hotspot of bee diversity.

Released: 5-May-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Urgent action needed to protect dolphins and porpoises from bycatch in European waters
Newcastle University

Marine scientists are calling on the EU to adopt a comprehensive plan to protect dolphins and porpoises from fisheries bycatch in European waters.

Newswise: Meet the freaky fanged frog from the Philippines
Released: 5-May-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Meet the freaky fanged frog from the Philippines
University of Kansas

Researchers at the University of Kansas have described a new species of fanged frog discovered in the Philippines that's nearly indistinguishable from a species on a neighboring island except for its unique mating call and key differences in its genome.

Newswise: How a Yale scientist and REM star named an ant for a Warhol 'Superstar'
Released: 5-May-2021 12:45 PM EDT
How a Yale scientist and REM star named an ant for a Warhol 'Superstar'
Yale University

The ant came in a small vial of ethanol, sealed in a plastic bag, and packed in a small cardboard box. It was addressed to Yale's Douglas B. Booher.

Newswise: Catastrophic Sea-Level Rise from Antarctic Melting is Possible with Severe Global Warming
Released: 5-May-2021 11:10 AM EDT
Catastrophic Sea-Level Rise from Antarctic Melting is Possible with Severe Global Warming
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The Antarctic ice sheet is much less likely to become unstable and cause dramatic sea-level rise in upcoming centuries if the world follows policies that keep global warming below a key 2015 Paris climate agreement target, according to a Rutgers coauthored study. But if global warming exceeds the target – 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) – the risk of ice shelves around the ice sheet’s perimeter melting would increase significantly, and their collapse would trigger rapid Antarctic melting. That would result in at least 0.07 inches of global average sea-level rise a year in 2060 and beyond, according to the study in the journal Nature.

Released: 5-May-2021 11:05 AM EDT
UCI researchers identify primary causes of Greenland’s rapid ice sheet surface melt
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., May 5, 2021 — Intense, wide-spread melting events in Greenland, such as one in July 2012 that touched nearly every part of the massive island’s frozen slab, are catastrophic, but they still account for only a small portion of the total deterioration of the ice sheet, according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine.

Newswise: Study Shows Independent Evolutionary Origins of Vertebrate Dentitions
5-May-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Study Shows Independent Evolutionary Origins of Vertebrate Dentitions
University of Bristol

The origins of a pretty smile have long been sought in the fearsome jaws of living sharks which have been considered living fossils reflecting the ancestral condition for vertebrate tooth development and inference of its evolution. However, this view ignores real fossils which more accurately reflect the nature of ancient ancestors.

Newswise: Remote Learning Takes on New Meaning with the Launch of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Dive and Discover ™ Expedition 17
Released: 5-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Remote Learning Takes on New Meaning with the Launch of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Dive and Discover ™ Expedition 17
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, Mass. (May 5, 2021) – Students and educators have grown accustomed to distance learning over the past year. But a new twist in remote learning kicked off on May 3 when Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) launched its seventeenth Dive and Discover expedition, an 18-day science research cruise out of Vigo, Spain to explore the ocean’s midwater, or twilight zone. Started in 2000, Dive and Discover is WHOI’s popular public outreach and educational platform, providing daily updates from some of the most remote locations on the planet. On this mission, virtual participants will follow along aboard the Spanish research vessel Sarmiento de Gamboa as scientists and engineers use some of the most advanced research tools available to study the twilight zone, which lies just beneath the sunlit surface waters and teems with life. The Sarmiento de Gamboa will be joining two others that are a part of the NASA-funded EXPORTS mission operating in the same location

Newswise: The surprising power of chicken manure
Released: 5-May-2021 8:00 AM EDT
The surprising power of chicken manure
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Chicken manure, known as poultry litter, is an age-old fertilizer. New research shows it can improve soils and increase crop yield, a boon for farmers.

Newswise: Mapping the Past, Present and Future of West Virginia
Released: 5-May-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Mapping the Past, Present and Future of West Virginia
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

New research is transforming understanding of the Mountain State’s famous landscape – and identifying ways to preserve it.

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Released: 4-May-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Climate change impacts conservation sites across the Americas
Durham University

A continental-scale network of conservation sites is likely to remain effective under future climate change scenarios, despite a predicted shift in key species distributions.

Newswise: NAU team finds U.S. greenhouse gas emissions decline during COVID lockdown 3x greater than previously reported
Released: 4-May-2021 3:20 PM EDT
NAU team finds U.S. greenhouse gas emissions decline during COVID lockdown 3x greater than previously reported
Northern Arizona University

The team of scientists built a reliable, real-time emissions estimate system to inform and correct public policy as the United States takes on a new pollution reduction target.

Newswise: Breakthrough Study Shows No-take Marine Reserves Benefit Overfished Reefs
Released: 4-May-2021 1:10 PM EDT
Breakthrough Study Shows No-take Marine Reserves Benefit Overfished Reefs
Wildlife Conservation Society

A powerful, long-term study from WCS adds scientific backing for global calls for conserving 30 percent of the world’s ocean.

Newswise: Global climate trend since Dec. 1 1978: +0.14 C per decade
Released: 4-May-2021 12:15 PM EDT
Global climate trend since Dec. 1 1978: +0.14 C per decade
University of Alabama Huntsville

Global Temperature Report: April 2021 (New Reference Base, 1991-2020)

Newswise: After 17 Years Underground, the Brood X Cicadas are Coming!
Released: 4-May-2021 12:05 PM EDT
After 17 Years Underground, the Brood X Cicadas are Coming!
George Washington University

George Washington University researchers are studying the impact of the cicadas on the ecosystem and environment.

Newswise: Insights from colour-blind octopus help fight human sight loss
Released: 4-May-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Insights from colour-blind octopus help fight human sight loss
University of Bristol

University of Bristol research into octopus vision has led to a quick and easy test that helps optometrists identify people who are at greater risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of incurable sight loss.

Released: 3-May-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Suitable Spawning Habitat Awaits Salmon
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Scientists at PNNL and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation identify acres of spawning habitat in the Upper Columbia River.

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Released: 3-May-2021 3:05 PM EDT
Flatfish got weird fast due to evolutionary cascade
Rice University

Ever look at a flatfish like a flounder or sole, with two eyes on one side of its head, and think, "How did that happen?"

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Released: 3-May-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Will your future clothes be made of algae?
University of Rochester

Living materials, which are made by housing biological cells within a non-living matrix, have gained popularity in recent years as scientists recognize that often the most robust materials are those that mimic nature.

Released: 3-May-2021 12:45 PM EDT
Human behavior must be factored into climate change analyses
Cornell University

A new Cornell University-led study examines how temperature affects fishing behavior and catches among inland fisher households in Cambodia, with important implications for understanding climate change.

Newswise: NSF awards UAH’s Dr. Niemiller $1.029 million 
for groundwater biodiversity study
Released: 3-May-2021 10:40 AM EDT
NSF awards UAH’s Dr. Niemiller $1.029 million for groundwater biodiversity study
University of Alabama Huntsville

A proposal to conduct the first comprehensive assessment of groundwater biodiversity in the central and eastern United States has earned a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) assistant professor of biological science a five-year, $1.029 million National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award.

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Released: 30-Apr-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Brazilian Amazon released more carbon than it stored in 2010s
University of Exeter

The Brazilian Amazon rainforest released more carbon than it stored over the last decade - with degradation a bigger cause than deforestation - according to new research.

Newswise: New View of Species Interactions Offers Clues to Preserve Threatened Ecosystems
Released: 30-Apr-2021 1:25 PM EDT
New View of Species Interactions Offers Clues to Preserve Threatened Ecosystems
University of California San Diego

Scientists from around the world have produced a new analysis—believed to be the most detailed study of specialized ecological data from global forests—that is furthering science’s understanding of species interactions and how diversity contributes to the preservation of ecosystem health.

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Released: 30-Apr-2021 12:15 PM EDT
Icebreaker's cyclone encounter reveals faster sea ice decline
University of Alaska Fairbanks

In August 2016 a massive storm on par with a Category 2 hurricane churned in the Arctic Ocean.

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Released: 30-Apr-2021 12:10 PM EDT
Northern forest fires could accelerate climate change
Boston University

New research indicates that the computer-based models currently used to simulate how Earth's climate will change in the future underestimate the impact that forest fires and drying climate are having on the world's northernmost forests, which make up the largest forest biome on the planet.

Newswise: Burning the Forest, Not Just the Trees
Released: 30-Apr-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Burning the Forest, Not Just the Trees
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Wildfires affect both the visible parts of plants and the plant microbiome. Understanding these effects helps scientists mitigate the effects of wildfires. This research examined microbial DNA samples from tissues of young quaking aspen saplings after a prescribed burn. Aspen relies largely on fire to regenerate. This work demonstrates that fire affects the entire plant microbiome, not just nearby soil.

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Released: 29-Apr-2021 4:35 PM EDT
Global glacier retreat has accelerated
ETH Zürich

Glaciers are a sensitive indicator of climate change - and one that can be easily observed. Regardless of altitude or latitude, glaciers have been melting at a high rate since the mid-?20th century.

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Released: 29-Apr-2021 4:35 PM EDT
An ocean 13 million years in the making
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)

Spreading of the seafloor in the Red Sea basin is found to have begun along its entire length around 13 million years ago, making its underlying oceanic crust twice as old as previously believed.

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Released: 29-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Using science to serve nature
University of California, Irvine

Amid the extreme aridity of the vast Colorado Desert of eastern San Diego County, a ribbon of greenery allows life to thrive. The Sentenac Cienega area inside Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is more than 100 miles southeast of Irvine. It contains a desert wetland, which is part of the San Felipe Creek watershed that is fed by nearby mountains and ultimately flows into the Salton Sea.

Newswise: In wild soil, predatory bacteria grow faster than their prey, NAU study shows
Released: 29-Apr-2021 11:50 AM EDT
In wild soil, predatory bacteria grow faster than their prey, NAU study shows
Northern Arizona University

The study, led by Ecoss director Bruce Hungate and co-authored by many other NAU researchers, found that these predatory bacteria, which eat other bacteria, play an outsized role in how elements are stored in or released from soil.

Released: 28-Apr-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Study of marine noise highlights need to protect pristine Australian waters
Curtin University

New Curtin research has found urgent action is needed to ensure man-made underwater noise in Australian waters does not escalate to levels which could be harmful to marine animals, such as whales, and negatively impact our pristine oceans.

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Released: 28-Apr-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Spring forest flowers likely key to bumble bee survival, Illinois study finds
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For more than a decade, ecologists have been warning of a downward trend in bumble bee populations across North America, with habitat destruction a primary culprit in those losses. While efforts to preserve wild bees in the Midwest often focus on restoring native flowers to prairies, a new Illinois-based study finds evidence of a steady decline in the availability of springtime flowers in wooded landscapes.

Newswise: Rutgers Professor Joan Bennett Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Released: 28-Apr-2021 10:25 AM EDT
Rutgers Professor Joan Bennett Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Joan W. Bennett, a Distinguished Professor of plant biology and pathology at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She joins neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center atmospheric scientist Ann Thompson and media entrepreneur and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.

Newswise: Tracking Nitrate in Farm Fields
Released: 28-Apr-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Tracking Nitrate in Farm Fields
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Nitrogen is essential for crops, but when it gets into the water supply, it spells big trouble. Scientists are trying to help farmers strike the right balance by measuring their fields.

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Released: 28-Apr-2021 8:00 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Keeping Carbon in the Sea, Keeping Plastics Out, Keeping Sea Level Down: Live Expert Panel for April 27, 2pm ET
Newswise

Scientists from NYU, University of Portsmouth, and Hamilton College will discuss recent work on sea level rise, the science of “blue carbon” stored in the sea, and important policy changes to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean.

Released: 27-Apr-2021 4:45 PM EDT
Middle East and North Africa: Heatwaves of up to 56 degrees Celsius without climate action
CMCC Foundation - Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change

The Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) is a climate change hot spot where summers warm much faster than in the rest of the world. Some parts of the region are already among the hottest locations globally.

Newswise: New ice core data tracks climate-changing eruptions
Released: 27-Apr-2021 11:15 AM EDT
New ice core data tracks climate-changing eruptions
South Dakota State University

An international team of scientists has analyzed chemicals in an ice core from West Antarctica to compile the most accurate chronology of volcanic eruptions during the last 11,000 years produced thus far.


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