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NZ Wren DNA Analysis Reshapes Geological Theory

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A DNA analysis of living and extinct species of mysterious New Zealand wrens may change theories around the country’s geological and evolutionary past.

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Before Animals, Evolution Waited Eons to Inhale; Discovery of a New Extinct Carnivorous Marsupial; Research Could Lead to More and Healthier Sorghum, and More in the Environment News Source

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Cataclysm at Meteor Crater: Crystal Sheds Light on Earth, Moon, Mars

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MADISON – In molten sandstone extracted by prospectors a century ago, an international team of scientists has discovered microscopic crystals telling of unimaginable pressures and temperatures when a 12-kilometer asteroid formed Meteor Crater in northern Arizona some 49,000 years ago.

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Video: Earthquake-Resilient Pipeline Could Shake Up Future for Aging Infrastructure on West Coast

A top engineer from the city of Los Angeles visited Cornell University this month as researchers tested a new earthquake-resilient pipeline designed to better protect southern California’s water utility network from natural disasters. The test mimicked a fault rupture that can occur during an earthquake when global plates begin to slip past each other, causing the ground to shift and deform.

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Count Seals in Antarctica From the Comfort of Your Couch

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A new citizen science project uses satellite images to get first-ever, comprehensive count of Weddell seals in Antarctica. Counting seals will help scientists better protect and conserve the pristine Ross Sea and wildlife in the area.

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Nova Southeastern University Researcher Discovers Unique Anatomical Characteristic in Barnacle Study

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NSU research scientist collaborated with colleague to study the male sexual organ of barnacles, which it turns out is a marine creature that has been studied dating all the way back to Charles Darwin.

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Invasive Garden 'Super Ants' Take Hold Faster Than Ever in UK, New Research Finds

First discovered in 2009, there are now a total of six known UK infestations of the Lasius neglectus which thrive in greenhouses and domestic gardens. Originating from Asia, they are likely to have arrived in the UK through the import of plants from infected areas.

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Americans Worried About Using Gene Editing, Brain Chip Implants and Synthetic Blood

Many in the general public think scientific and technological innovations bring helpful change to society, but they are more concerned than excited when it comes to the potential use of emerging technologies to make people's minds sharper, their bodies stronger and healthier than ever before, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

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Idle Hands: New and Improved Idlebox Tool to Aid in Reduction of Idling

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Argonne National Laboratory, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, has relaunched IdleBox, an electronic education and outreach toolkit aimed at promoting idling reduction across the country. The new IdleBox is now available to anyone seeking an authoritative resource on idling reduction.

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Human ‘Super Predator’ More Terrifying Than Bears, Wolves and Dogs

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Bears, wolves and other large carnivores are frightening beasts but the fear they inspire in their prey pales in comparison to that caused by the human ‘super predator.’

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As Hazard Warnings Increase, Experts Urge Better Decisions on Who and When to Warn

Well designed and executed emergency warnings can save lives, so risk experts are urging steps to create the most effective warnings for hurricanes, wildfires, and other environmental hazards.

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Marine Carbon Sinking Rates Confirm Importance of Polar Oceans

Polar oceans pump organic carbon down to the deep sea about five times as efficiently as subtropical waters, because they can support larger, heavier organisms. The finding helps explain how the oceans may function under climate change.

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A Novel Way to Produce Two-Dimensional Nanosheets, New Material Property May Lead to High Temp Superconductivity, Scientists Harness CO2 to Consolidate Biofuel Production Process, and More in the DOE Science News Source

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Before Animals, Evolution Waited Eons to Inhale

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Time to smash the beaker when thinking about oxygen concentrations in water, at the time when animal life first evolved. Oceans stacked O2 here and depleted it there, as this novel model demonstrates. It may well toss a wrench into the way we have dated the evolution of the earliest animals.

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Happy Hormone’s Calcium Connection May Make Cows and Humans Healthier

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MADISON — Serotonin is best known for eliciting feelings of happiness in the human brain, but scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have found the hormone plays a role in milk production in dairy cows — and may have health implications for breastfeeding women.

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First Discovery From 'New Riversleigh' -- a New Extinct Carnivorous Marsupial

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A new species of extinct flesh-eating marsupial that terrorised Australia's drying forests about 5 million years ago has been identified from a fossil discovered in remote northwestern Queensland.

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Unusual New Zoantharian Species Is the First Described Solitary Species in Over 100 Years

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A very unusual new species of zoantharian surprised Drs Takuma Fujii and James Davis Reimer, affiliated with Kagoshima University and University of the Ryukyus.

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NMU Archaeology Class Unearths Beaver Island History

Relatively little physical evidence exists of the early occupants and fascinating history of Beaver Island on Lake Michigan, A Northern Michigan University summer archaeology field school is gradually filling that void while giving students hands-on experience in excavation techniques and artifact analysis.

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Geospatial Expert Available to Comment on Greenhouse Gas Inventories

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WSU Students Work to Save the Destruction of the Iconic Palm Tree

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When a monster beetle arrived in Hawaii and began chomping down palm trees, students with Wichita State University's Bug Lab took action.