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Newswise: Lab shutdowns enable speedier investigation of coral disease
Released: 29-May-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Lab shutdowns enable speedier investigation of coral disease
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Research labs have shut down around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) from investigating critical problems in the ocean.

Newswise: The most common organism in the oceans harbors a virus in its DNA
Released: 29-May-2020 6:20 AM EDT
The most common organism in the oceans harbors a virus in its DNA
University of Washington

The most common organism in the world’s oceans — and possibly the whole planet — harbors a virus in its DNA. This virus may have helped it survive and outcompete other organisms.

Newswise: Taking Time to Commune with Nature Increases Feelings of Connection to It, Study Shows
Released: 28-May-2020 4:45 PM EDT
Taking Time to Commune with Nature Increases Feelings of Connection to It, Study Shows
University of Notre Dame

The Notre Dame study showed that students reported increased mindfulness towards the environment after performing ecological attachment tasks like contemplating nature, or practicing environmental preservation tasks like recycling and limiting electricity usage.

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24-May-2020 10:00 PM EDT
Global Environmental Changes Leading to Shorter, Younger Trees
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ongoing environmental changes are transforming forests worldwide, resulting in shorter and younger trees. Researchers found that a range of factors, including rising temperatures and carbon dioxide levels, have caused a dramatic decrease in the age and stature of forests.

Newswise: UNH Researchers Find Wildfires Can Alter Arctic Watersheds for 50 Years
Released: 28-May-2020 12:30 PM EDT
UNH Researchers Find Wildfires Can Alter Arctic Watersheds for 50 Years
University of New Hampshire

Climate change has contributed to the increase in the number of wildfires in the Arctic where it can dramatically shift stream chemistry and potentially harm both ecosystems and humans. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found that some aftereffects, like decreased carbon and increased nitrogen, can last up to five decades and could have major implications on vital waterways.

Newswise: Scientists see through glass frogs’ translucent camouflage
21-May-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Scientists see through glass frogs’ translucent camouflage
McMaster University

Glass frogs are well known for their see-through skin but, until now, the reason for this curious feature has received no experimental attention.

Newswise: A return to the wild for better immune health
Released: 25-May-2020 7:05 AM EDT
A return to the wild for better immune health
University of Adelaide

A research team led by the University of Adelaide has found that revegetation of green spaces within cities can improve soil microbiota diversity towards a more natural, biodiverse state, which has been linked to human health benefits. In the study, published in the journal Restoration Ecology, researchers compared the composition of a variety of urban green space vegetation types of varying levels of vegetation diversity, including lawns, vacant lots, parklands, revegetated woodlands and remnant woodlands within the City of Playford Council area in South Australia.

Released: 22-May-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Sea Turtle Nesting Season in Full Swing, UCF Researchers Keep Working Despite COVID-19
University of Central Florida

While uncertainty reigns for Floridians due to COVID-19, there’s one thing they can count on: sea turtles are nesting on our local beaches as nesting season heads into its fourth month this June.

Released: 22-May-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Algal genome provides insights into first land plants
Cornell University

Cornell researchers have sequenced and analyzed the genome of a single-celled alga that belongs to the closest lineage to terrestrial plants and provides many clues to how aquatic plants first colonized land.

Newswise: Journey to uncover mysteries of the Pacific Ocean
Released: 22-May-2020 7:20 AM EDT
Journey to uncover mysteries of the Pacific Ocean
National University of Singapore

Nine National University of Singapore researchers were part of a team that went on a five-week long voyage to the Pacific Ocean’s Clarion-Clipperton Zone to obtain baseline data on the biodiversity of abyssal polymetallic nodule fields.


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