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UF/IFAS Experts to Stress Environment, Immigration, Production at AG Policy Conference

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“Our goal is to bring industry experts, researchers, policy and business leaders together to discuss the current and emerging challenges related to Florida as an engine of innovation, policy related to food, nutrition and consumer decision making, water quality and management, agricultural labor and the prospects for our fruit and vegetable industry.” -- Spiro Stefanou, chair of the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department.

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National Geographic Supports Volcano Research in Chile

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As planning continues for humanity’s first visit to Mars, scientists still have much to learn about the planet’s physical makeup. By comparing current satellite images to similar shots of Earth, they are coming to understand how volcanic activity shaped the Red Planet, and extrapolating lessons learned to address concerns closer to home.

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Mapping Movements of Alien Bird Species

The global map of alien bird species has been produced for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers. It shows that human activities are the main determinants of how many alien bird species live in an area but that alien species are most successful in areas already rich with native bird species.

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soil, Biology, Ecosystem, Australia, shrublands, Montreal, Ecology, Science (magazine), soil biota, plant species

Why Are Australia’s Shrublands Like ‘Knee-High Tropical Rainforests’?

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A new UdeM study of the flora "Down Under" breaks new ground by showing that soil biota play an important role in the maintenance of plant diversity in species-rich ecosystems.

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Why Lyme Disease Is Common in the North, Rare in the South

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It's the heat and the humidity, USGS-led study finds

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bats, place cells, grid cells, Memory, Ulanovsky

Found: Neurons That Orient Bats Toward Destination

Bats – like humans – can find their favorite fruit stand (or coffee shop) even when it’s hidden behind a screen or tall buildings. How? The Weizmann Institute of Science’s Prof. Nachum Ulanovsky and team have now identified the neurons that point bats in the right direction, even when their destination is obscured. This could aid understanding of some aspects of Alzheimer’s.

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Ocean Acidification to Hit West Coast Dungeness Crab Fishery, New Assessment Shows

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The acidification of the ocean expected as seawater absorbs increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will reverberate through the West Coast’s marine food web, but not necessarily in the ways you might expect, new research shows.

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Climate Change, Kansas State University, K-State, Andrew Hope, Division of Biology, KSU, Warming, shrews, Small Mammals, insectivors, Arctic, Parasites, Ecosystems, Ecology

'Shrew'-D Advice: Study of Arctic Shrews, Parasites Indicates How Climate Change May Affect Ecosystems and Communities

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MANHATTAN, KANSAS — The shrew and its parasites — even 40-year-old preserved ones — are the new indicators of environmental change, according to a Kansas State University researcher. Andrew Hope, Kansas State University research assistant professor in the Division of Biology, and his colleagues across the U.S. have published "Shrews and Their Parasites: Small Species Indicate Big Changes" in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2016 Arctic Report Card.

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Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, ARM Aerial Facility, Climate Data, HI-SCALE campaign, Green Ocean Amazon campaign

Celebrating Climate Data's Wild Blue Yonder

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ARM Facility Marks the First Official Decade of its High-Flying Aerial Organization.

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UN, Sustainability, Climate Change, Clean cold

Birmingham Scientists Launch Project to Tackle Global 'Clean Cold' Challenge

Scientists from the University of Birmingham have launched a major research project to investigate how ‘clean cold’ could help to achieve almost all of the United Nations’ (UN) global Sustainable Development Goals.

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California No Longer in Drought, Says UC Davis Watershed Expert

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Missouri University of Science and Technology, ants, Biology, Society, Insects

Ants Need Work-Life Balance, Research Suggests

The work habits of ants could provide valuable insight into making our societies more productive and sustainable, says a team of Missouri S&T researchers.

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Earthquakes, Tonga Trench, hydrous minerals, wastewater injection, intermediate-depth earthquakes

Release of Water Shakes Pacific Plate at Depth

A team of seismologists analyzing the data from 671 earthquakes that occurred between 30 and 280 miles beneath the Earth's surface in the Pacific Plate as it descended into the Tonga Trench were surprised to find a zone of intense earthquake activity in the downgoing slab. The pattern of the activity along the slab provided strong evidence that the earthquakes are sparked by the release of water at depth.

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Tallying the Social Cost of Climate-Changing Carbon Dioxide

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A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee today released a report aimed at ensuring that estimates of the social cost of carbon dioxide used by the U.S. government keep reflecting state-of-the-art science and evidence. Rutgers Today asked committee member Robert E. Kopp, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers, to discuss the topic.

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Changing Climate Changes Soils

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In a new study, researchers used digital techniques to predict how one vital soil characteristic, soil organic carbon, may be altered by climate change.

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New Properties Discovered in Atom-Wide Troughs, Magnetic Discovery Could Be Tip of the "Ice"Berg, Spinning the (X-ray) Light Fantastic, and More in the DOE Science News Source

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Light Strikes Gold

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While scientists have used light to sculpt tiny crystals to do big jobs since 2001, they haven't been able to apply the process to gold—until now. Scientists created a strategy that enables synthesis of desirable gold crystals with potential for industry or medical uses.

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UF/IFAS Researchers Show Potential Market for Locally Grown Asian Vegetables

Asian-Americans in three East Coast states, including Florida, yearn for more of their native vegetables, and those crops can be grown in the East, say two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

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Water, Basic Energy Sciences, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Chemistry, NERSC, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL, Protons, Acids, Batteries, Power Plants, environmental cleanup, environmental remediation, Cleanup, Remediation, remediation of spills, atomic structure, Proton, hydrophobic water,

Surrounded by Water

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Whether producing new types of power or cleaning old waste sites, the reaction between water and positively charged particles from acids is crucial. To gain insight, scientists isolated certain structures of a proton being surrounded by an increasing number of water molecules.







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