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Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy, Marine Renewables, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Energy, Undergraduate Research, National Science Foundation, Ocean Energy, Climate Change

Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center Receives $360,000 NSF Grant for ‘Research Experiences for Undergraduates’ Program


FAU’s SNMREC is focused on advancing science and technology to recover energy from the oceans’ renewable resources with special emphasis on those resources available to the southeastern U.S., initially focusing on ocean currents and thermal resources.



Non-breeders, University of Vienna, Social Groups, Ravens, Cognitive Skills, Thomas Bugnyar, Cognitive Biology, Intelligence, scientific reports

Ravens: Non-Breeders Live in Highly Dynamic Social Groups


Ravens have impressive cognitive skills when interacting with conspecifics – comparable to many primates, whose social intelligence has been related to their life in groups. An international collaboration of researchers led by Thomas Bugnyar, Professor at the Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, could uncover for the first time the group dynamics of non-breeding ravens. The results help to understand the evolution of intelligence in this species and were published in the scientific journal "Scientific Reports".



UCLA, UCLA health, Allergies, World Health Organization, Pollution, Childhood Asthma, Childhood Asthma Research and Education (CARE) , Environmental Allergy

When Air Pollution Is Bad, Know How to Protect Yourself


There are steps we can take to protect ourselves and our families from air pollution, which has well-documented negative consequences for childhood asthma, birth outcomes, pregnancy risks, cardiovascular health, and other diseases.



Marine Protected Area, Geography, sanctuaries, Marine Reserves

FSU Professor: Inadequate Resources Diminish Benefits of Marine Protected Areas

FSU Assistant Professor of Geography Sarah Lester partnered with more than 20 institutions on a multiyear research project that found only 9 percent of marine protected areas (MPAs) report having adequate staff. MPAs — such as marine reserves, sanctuaries, parks and no-take zones — are areas designated to protect marine species and habitats from both global and local threats.



Marine Protected Areas

Lack of Staffing, Funds Prevent Marine Protected Areas From Realizing Full Potential


Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff.



Outdoors, Hiking, Camping, Environment, Conservation, Conservation Awareness, Summer, Spring, Recreation, outdoor recreation, Family

Baylor Recreation Expert Shares Four Tips to Help You Enjoy the Outdoors This Spring and Summer


Christopher Wynveen, Ph.D., associate professor of recreation and leisure services in Baylor University’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, shares four tips to help people enjoy and experience the great outdoors this spring and summer.



greater prairie chicken, Translocation, Endangered Species

Research Questions Effectiveness of Translocation Conservation Method


A DNA study of endangered greater prairie chickens in Illinois indicates that supplementing the dwindling population with birds from out of state did not improve genetic diversity



ants, Mulch, soil moisture, soil aggregate

Making “Mulch” Ado of Ant Hills


Research undertaken by scientists in China reveals that ants are hardworking and beneficial insects. In the activities of their daily lives, ants help increase air, water flow, and organic matter in soil. The work done by ants even forms a type of mulch that helps hold water in the soil.



Collective Behavior, Salmon Population, Climate Change, Complex Adaptive Systems

What's Cuing Salmon Migration Patterns?


Why do salmon travel in pulse-like groups? A new model challenges standard explanations by suggesting social cues trigger migration.


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Agricultural Production, Economics, Earth Science, policy ethics, Agriculture, coffee farmers

Unforeseen Impacts of the Fair Trade Movement

The University of Delaware's Lindsay Naylor studied fair trade in the southernmost Mexican state of Chiapas and found that the marketing practice hasn't done much for indigenous Mayas working on coffee plots. Naylor found that labor prices have been flat and producers have been marching in place.

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