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Himalayan Viagra Fuels Caterpillar Fungus Gold Rush

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Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders often fail to do on a global scale — implement a successful system for the sustainable harvest of a precious natural resource, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

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They Know the Drill: UW Leads the League in Boring Through Ice Sheets

Hollow coring drills designed and managed by UW-Madison’s Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) program are used to extract ice cores that can analyze the past atmosphere. Shaun Marcott, an assistant professor of geoscience at UW-Madison, was the first author of a paper published today in the journal Nature documenting carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 23,000 and 9,000 years ago, based on data from an 11,000-foot hole in Antarctica.

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Study Finds Saving Lonely Species Is Important for the Environment

Joe Bailey looked at endemic eucalyptus found in Tasmania. They discovered that these rare species have developed unique characteristics to survive, and that these characteristics may also impact the survival of its neighbors in the ecosystem.

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Tiger Traders Busted in Indonesia

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The West Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of the Ministry of Forestry, the Indonesian Police (Lampung office), and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit announced today enforcement action against two wildlife traffickers trading tiger parts online.

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Why Plants Don't Get Sunburn

Plants rely on sunlight to make their food, but they also need protection from its harmful rays, just like humans do. Recently, scientists discovered a group of molecules in plants that shields them from sun damage. Now, in an article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, one team reports on the mechanics of how these natural plant sunscreens work.

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Clean Smell Doesn't Always Mean Clean Air

A researcher in Drexel’s College of Engineering is taking a closer look at aerosol formation involving an organic compound called limonene that provides the pleasant smell of cleaning products and air fresheners. His research will help to determine what byproducts these sweet-smelling compounds are adding to the air while we are using them to remove germs and odors.

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Expert: Constructed #Wetlands Less Functional Than Developers Claim

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Reducing Population Is No Environmental ‘Quick Fix’

New multi-scenario modelling of world human population has concluded that even stringent fertility restrictions or a catastrophic mass mortality would not bring about large enough change this century to solve issues of global sustainability.

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Penguin Chicks

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University of Delaware oceanographers have reported a connection between local weather conditions and the weight of Adélie penguin chicks in the Oct. 22 issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.

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Student's Research on Hail 'Scars' to Be Presented at Suomi Event

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Using data from an instrument aboard a 3-year-old satellite, a University of Alabama in Huntsville graduate student hopes to develop a system that will automatically detect and measure crop damage caused by hail storms anywhere in the U.S.

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