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Newswise: Nuclear Winter Would Threaten Nearly Everyone on Earth

Article ID: 718018

Nuclear Winter Would Threaten Nearly Everyone on Earth

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

If the United States and Russia waged an all-out nuclear war, much of the land in the Northern Hemisphere would be below freezing in the summertime, with the growing season slashed by nearly 90 percent in some areas, according to a Rutgers-led study. Indeed, death by famine would threaten nearly all of the Earth’s 7.7 billion people, said co-author Alan Robock, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

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28-Aug-2019 6:00 AM EDT

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Article ID: 718007

Monster tumbleweed: Invasive new species is here to stay

University of California, Riverside

A new species of gigantic tumbleweed once predicted to go extinct is not only here to stay -- it's likely to expand its territory.

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26-Aug-2019 1:05 PM EDT

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Newswise: Cleaning Pollutants From Water with Pollen and Spores — Without the ‘Achoo!’ (Video)
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    26-Aug-2019 5:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 716692

Cleaning Pollutants From Water with Pollen and Spores — Without the ‘Achoo!’ (Video)

American Chemical Society (ACS)

In addition to their role in plant fertilization and reproduction, pollens and spores have another, hidden talent: With a simple treatment, these cheap, abundant and renewable grains can be converted into tiny sponge-like particles that can grab on to pollutants and remove them from water, scientists report.

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20-Aug-2019 8:00 AM EDT
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    26-Aug-2019 5:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 716686

New Way to Bump Off Ticks: Dry Up Their Saliva (Video)

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Saliva from a tick’s bite can transmit pathogens that cause serious illnesses, such as Lyme disease, and significant agricultural losses.

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20-Aug-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Newswise: Uncovering how nature builds with chitin, protein

Article ID: 717938

Uncovering how nature builds with chitin, protein

South Dakota State University

Identifying and characterizing the proteins in the flexible skeletal structure in the trunk of a squid’s body can help scientists construct tissue scaffolds for repairing or replacing damaged cartilage, bones and ligaments.

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23-Aug-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Newswise: Low-Grade to High-End: Waking Up the Myanmar Coffee Market

Article ID: 717935

Low-Grade to High-End: Waking Up the Myanmar Coffee Market

University of Virginia Darden School of Business

In less than five years, Myanmar coffee went from a low-grade commodity to a high-value specialty sold for premium prices globally. Through training in farming, expertise and training itself — as well as attention to both the supply and demand sides of a market — Value Chains for Rural Development helped farmers and others across the value chain.

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23-Aug-2019 12:05 PM EDT

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Newswise: Path to 2060: UVA Darden Report Explores Low-Carbon Technologies to Sustainably Feed the World

Article ID: 717936

Path to 2060: UVA Darden Report Explores Low-Carbon Technologies to Sustainably Feed the World

University of Virginia Darden School of Business

A new report from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business explores best practices and new technologies that hold promise for decarbonizing global agriculture.

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23-Aug-2019 12:05 PM EDT

Education

Article ID: 717928

The fat of the land: Estimating the ecological costs of overeating

Frontiers

With every unfinished meal since Band Aid, you've heard it: "people are starving in Africa, y'know". True, the UN estimates that rich countries throw away nearly as much food as the entire net production of sub-Saharan Africa - about 230 million tonnes per year.

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23-Aug-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 717916

Of Leaves and Light

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Imagine getting an entire health workup just by having your picture taken—no invasive poking or prodding, not even a pinprick blood test. That’s a goal ecologists have for monitoring the health of plants. Their cameras would be high-resolution sensors mounted on drones or satellites, capable of capturing much more than what’s visible to the naked eye.

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23-Aug-2019 9:35 AM EDT
Newswise: Eight species of fungus cause corn root rot

Article ID: 717912

Eight species of fungus cause corn root rot

South Dakota State University

As many as eight species of a common soil fungus can cause root rot in South Dakota cornfields. Identifying the pathogens will help researchers test seed treatments and breeders develop resistant varieties.

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22-Aug-2019 6:05 PM EDT

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