Sci/tech

University of Guelph Technology Helping Monitor Health of All-Important Boreal Forest
October 19, 2017 08:15 AM - University of Guelph

The boreal forest is essential to Canada and the world, storing carbon, purifying water and air, and regulating climate. But keeping tabs on the health of this vulnerable biome has proven to be a painstaking and time-consuming undertaking – until now.

Cutting-edge DNA metabarcoding technology developed by the University of Guelph can help speed up and improve the monitoring process, according to a new study published today in Scientific Reports.

Illinois Sportfish Recovery a Result of 1972 Clean Water Act, Scientists Report
October 18, 2017 12:35 PM - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and other sportfish are at the highest levels recorded in more than a century in the Illinois River, according to a new report. Their dramatic recovery, from populations close to zero near Chicago throughout much of the 20th century, began just after implementation of the Clean Water Act, the researchers say.

New Findings Explain How UV Rays Trigger Skin Cancer
October 18, 2017 12:33 PM - Cornell University

Melanoma, a cancer of skin pigment cells called melanocytes, will strike an estimated 87,110 people in the U.S. in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers Customize Catalysts to Boost Product Yields, Decrease Chemical Separation Costs
October 18, 2017 11:54 AM - DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk, according to two studies led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Researchers Customize Catalysts to Boost Product Yields, Decrease Chemical Separation Costs
October 18, 2017 11:54 AM - DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk, according to two studies led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Nice Ice, Maybe? Husker Research Finds Ice Removal Can Be a Breeze
October 18, 2017 10:57 AM - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Water-repellent surfaces and coatings could make ice removal a literal breeze by forcing ice to grow up rather than just skate by, says a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and several Chinese institutions.

Nice Ice, Maybe? Husker Research Finds Ice Removal Can Be a Breeze
October 18, 2017 10:57 AM - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Water-repellent surfaces and coatings could make ice removal a literal breeze by forcing ice to grow up rather than just skate by, says a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and several Chinese institutions.

DNA Tests on Albatross Poo Reveal Secret Diet of Top Predator
October 18, 2017 10:41 AM - University of Tasmania - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

A study that used DNA tests to analyse the scats of one of the world’s most numerous albatrosses has revealed surprising results about the top predator’s diet.

Hardy Corals Make Moves to Build Reefs from Scratch
October 18, 2017 10:38 AM - University of Edinburgh

Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows.

Hardy Corals Make Moves to Build Reefs from Scratch
October 18, 2017 10:38 AM - University of Edinburgh

Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows.

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