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Mars Mirrors Early Earth: Hydrothermal seafloor deposits on Mars send us back in time

Mars Mirrors Early Earth: Hydrothermal seafloor deposits on Mars send us back in time

Researchers recently discovered evidence of ancient hydrothermal deposits in the Eridania Basin on Mars. These may hold insight into the conditions surrounding the origin of life on Earth.

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Q&A: Can Evaporation Drive Energy Production?

Q&A: Can Evaporation Drive Energy Production?

Scientists are looking into using the evaporation of lakes as a new energy resource.

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A False Fixation on Nitrogen: How nitrogen-fixing trees may slow forest regrowth

A False Fixation on Nitrogen: How nitrogen-fixing trees may slow forest regrowth

Understanding forest regrowth is crucial to predicting and mitigating environmental damage, and with over half of the word’s tropical forests currently recovering from human land use, insight into forest regrowth mechanisms is more important than ever. To accurately model and

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Pesticides, Honey, and Dead Bees: Global honey contamination with neonicotinoids

Pesticides, Honey, and Dead Bees: Global honey contamination with neonicotinoids

A team of researchers from University and Botanical Garden of Neuchâtel constructed a global map of honey exposure to a class of pesticides termed “neonics,” showing that 75% of all samples were contaminated with the pesticides.

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Cayo Santiago: No Monkeying Around

Cayo Santiago: No Monkeying Around

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, researchers are striving to save the unique monkey population near Puerto Rico.

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When the Weakest Survive: How weak competitors provide resilience to climate change

When the Weakest Survive: How weak competitors provide resilience to climate change

Survival of the fittest isn’t the end of the story. New research by Yale scientists shows that weak species are able to grow with stronger species, and the presence of weak species may help ecosystems respond to climate change.

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How was Wheat Domesticated?

How was Wheat Domesticated?

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have been studying the genomics of wheat to determine how it was domesticated.

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Decluttering our Landfills: Biodegradable Plastic in Production

Decluttering our Landfills: Biodegradable Plastic in Production

The more plastic we have, the bigger of an environmental problem we face. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Yiqi Yang is discovering new polymers to create better biodegradable plastics.

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Arctic Ocean Craters: Sudden Methane Release Linked to Ice Sheet Retreat

Arctic Ocean Craters: Sudden Methane Release Linked to Ice Sheet Retreat

Researchers have linked massive pits in the Arctic seafloor to the global thawing that occurred the end of the last glacial period: a discovery that may have potential implications for modern climate change.

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Documentary Review: Chasing Coral

Documentary Review: Chasing Coral

The documentary “Chasing Coral,” by director Jeff Orlowski, illustrates how rising temperatures are causing the destruction of coral reefs worldwide.

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