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Plants, Drought, drought resistance, abscisic acid, ABA hormone, Molecular, Protein, molecule interactions, Saurabh Shukla, Moeen Meigooni, Chuankai Zhao, Diwakar Shukla, University Of Illinois, Biophysical Society 61st Meeting, Biophysical Society

How a Plant Resists Drought

Climate change will bring worsening droughts that threaten crops. One potential way to protect crops is by spraying them with a compound that induces the plants to become more drought resistant. Now, by identifying the key molecular mechanism that enables a plant to minimize water loss, researchers may be one step closer to that goal.

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Purdue, Trump Administration, Secretary of Agriculture, USDA, Government, Climate Change

Perdue Must Be Voice of Reason in Trump Cabinet

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DHS, S&T, R&D, NBAF, agro-defense, Bio, animal disease, Kansas, Laboratory, USDA, Foot And Mouth Disease

NBAF Program Observes Kansas Emergency Response Exercise to Inform Future Planning

The exercise was an early opportunity for the NBAF program to observe a simulated full-scale emergency response to allow its planners to envision how the facility might serve a crucial role in response and recovery.

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Environment, Fundamental Science, Computational Science, Awards and Honors, Climate Science, Atmospheric Science, Chemistry, Catalysis

Two PNNL Researchers Elected to Membership in the National Academy of Engineering

Two scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will become members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering.

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Climate Change, Permafrost, Carbon Cycle

Sunlight or Bacteria? Scientists Investigate What Breaks Down Permafrost Carbon

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Researchers found sunlight converted little if any permafrost thawed carbon to carbon dioxide, whereas microbes were shown to rapidly convert permafrost carbon to carbon dioxide.

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Climate Change Impacts on Threatened and Endangered Wildlife Massively Underreported

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A team of scientists reporting in the journal Nature Climate Change say that negative impacts of climate change on threatened and endangered wildlife have been massively under reported.

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Climate Change, Drinking Water, Water Quality, Rainfall, FSU, Florida State University, Chris Uejio

How Untreated Water Is Making Our Kids Sick: FSU Researcher Explores Possible Climate Change Link

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A Florida State University researcher has drawn a link between the impact of climate change and untreated drinking water on the rate of gastrointestinal illness in children.

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hagfish, Slime, solid gel, Structure, Rheology, Randy Ewoldt, Society of Rheology

Special Properties of Hagfish's Defense 'Slime'

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Hagfish are marine fish shaped like eels, famous for releasing large quantities of “slime” that unfolds, assembles and expands into the surrounding water in response to a threat. Gaurav Chaudhary, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present his work on hagfish slime during the 88th Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology, being held Feb. 12-16, in Tampa, Florida. The research explores the hagfish’s slime formation and the special properties allowing it to assemble into a solid gel without dissolving into the surrounding water.

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Dolphin, Dolphins, Feeding, Provisioning, feeding wildlife, Entanglement, Marine Mammal, Human interaction, Stranding, stranded, bottlenose dolphins, Sarasota Florida, Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, Fishing

Feeding Wild Dolphins Can Hurt Them, New Study Says

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Wild dolphins are more likely to be injured if humans feed them — even through unintentional means like discarding bait — reports a new study based in Sarasota Bay, Florida, and published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Royal Society Open Science.

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Evolution, Science, biological invasions , Invasive Species, Invasions, Climate Change, Global Warming, Environment, gypsy moths, Asian longhorned beetles , emerald ash borer, Trees, Biodiversity, Biology, Natural Resources, Rutgers, Rutgers University, New Jersey, NJ, Exotic Species, Predators, Pathogens, Ecology, Economy, protozoans, Ciliates, rotifers, European s

How Evolution Alters Biological Invasions

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Biological invasions pose major threats to biodiversity, but little is known about how evolution might alter their impacts over time. Now, Rutgers University scientists have performed the first study of how evolution unfolds after invasions change native systems. The experimental invasions – elaborate experiments designed by doctoral student Cara A. Faillace and her adviser, Professor Peter J. Morin – took place in glass jars suitable for savory jam or jelly, with thousands of microscopic organisms on each side.

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Protein Folding, Extremophiles, barophiles, Astrobiology, Nature Communications, Rensselaer, Makhadtadze

50+ Year-Old Protein Volume Paradox Resolved

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Research published this week in Nature Communications makes it possible to predict how volume for a given protein will change between the folded and unfolded state. Computations accurately predict how a protein will react to increased pressure, shed light on the inner-workings of life in the ocean depths, and may also offer insights into alien life.

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How About Another Sweet, Juicy Strawberry, Courtesy of UF/IFAS?

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When you bite into a Florida strawberry for Valentine’s Day or National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27, you savor sweetness and juice. That’s what you’ll find in all varieties bred by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

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Climate Change, bark beetles, massive tree death, forest insect infestation, environmental sound research, art science collaboration, saving western forests

Music Professor Receives Patent to Help Fight Bark Beetles Ravaging Western Forests

UC Santa Cruz music professor David Dunn has joined forces with two forest scientists from Northern Arizona University to combat an insect infestation that is killing millions of trees throughout the West.

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American Indians, Law, Experts, Dakota Access Pipeline, Keystone pipeline, keystone xl, Native American law, water rights

Expert on American Indian Law, Federal Lands and Water Rights

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Robert T. Anderson, a law professor at the University of Washington, is an expert on property rights, American Indian law and water rights.

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Greenland, Ice Loss, Melting

UCI, NASA Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 9, 2017 – Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland campaign, data from the new program are providing a dramatic increase in knowledge of how Greenland’s ice sheet is melting from below. Two new research papers in the journal Oceanography, including one by UCI Earth system scientist Mathieu Morlighem, use OMG observations to document how meltwater and ocean currents are interacting along Greenland’s west coast and to improve seafloor maps used to predict future melting and sea level rise.

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New Supercomputer Triples Earth System Science Capability with Greater Efficiency

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is launching operations this month of one of the world's most powerful and energy-efficient supercomputers, providing the nation with a major new tool to advance understanding of the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences.

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River Research Project at California Campus Gets $250,000 Keck Grant

Funds for Sac State's SIRIUS program will help pay for six new classes, expanding opportunities for undergrad students.

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Agriculture, population growth and food shortages, Population Growth, Drones, Plant Genetics, Food

UGA Scientists Use Robots and Drones to Accelerate Plant Genetic Research, Improve Crop Yield

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A team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and aerial drones that can quickly and accurately gather and analyze data on the characteristics of crops.

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Sacramento State, american river, Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento, California Stormwater Quality Association, CSQA, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Office of Water Programs, OWP

Campus Stormwater Project Nurtures Neighboring River

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Sacramento State's innovative LID project is complete, and the American River is cleaner and safer because of it.

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Dr. Jonathan Slaght, Blakiston’s fish owl

Dr. Jonathan Slaght to Be Honored for Work to Conserve Blakiston’s Fish Owl

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The WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today that Dr. Jonathan Slaght will be honored for his work in Russia to conserve the Blakiston’s fish owl, an endangered species and the largest owl in the world.







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