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Unexpected Atmospheric Vortex Behaviour on Saturn's Moon Titan
November 21, 2017 01:52 PM - University of Bristol

A new study, led by a University of Bristol earth scientist, has shown that recently reported unexpected behaviour on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is due to its unique atmospheric chemistry.

Albatrosses in decline from fishing and environmental change
November 21, 2017 01:49 PM - British Antarctic Survey

The populations of wandering, black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses have halved over the last 35 years on sub-antarctic Bird Island according to a new study published today (20 November) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Corn Genetics Research Exposes Mechanism Behind Traits Becoming Silent
November 21, 2017 01:48 PM - Penn State

For more than a century, plant geneticists have been studying maize as a model system to understand the rules governing the inheritance of traits, and a team of researchers recently unveiled a previously unknown mechanism that triggers gene silencing in corn.

In bee decline, fungicides emerge as improbable villain
November 21, 2017 01:45 PM - Cornell University

When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides.

Stanford researchers test public receptiveness to different wind energy turbines
November 21, 2017 01:38 PM - Stanford University

With global carbon emissions on the rise, wind power continues to be an attractive option for states and countries looking to limit fossil fuel use and increase renewable energy. Wind already accounts for over 5 percent of electricity generation in the United States. However, a number of issues plague the low-carbon energy source, such as complaints from nearby residents about noise and the killing of hundreds of thousands of birds and bats each year that collide with turbine blades.

Refining Pesticides to Kill Pests, Not Bees
November 21, 2017 01:29 PM - Michigan State University

Pyrethroid pesticides are effective. Sometimes too effective.

Turtles & Technology Advance Understanding of Lung Abnormality
November 21, 2017 01:26 PM - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

A study of an unusual snapping turtle with one lung found shared characteristics with humans born with one lung who survive beyond infancy. Digital 3D anatomical models created by Emma Schachner, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology & Anatomy at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, made the detailed research possible. The work is published in the December 2017 issue of The Journal of Anatomy, the cover of which features an image of the study’s 3D models.

Moon's Crust Underwent Resurfacing After Forming from Magma Ocean
November 21, 2017 01:23 PM - University of Texas at Austin

The Earth’s Moon had a rough start in life. Formed from a chunk of the Earth that was lopped off during a planetary collision, it spent its early years covered by a roiling global ocean of molten magma before cooling and forming the serene surface we know today.

Three studies from UTA's clear lab detect harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near natural gas extraction sites
November 21, 2017 01:16 PM - University of Texas at Arlington

Three new research studies from the University of Texas at Arlington have found harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near unconventional natural gas extraction sites.

Professor studies evolution of climate change activism
November 21, 2017 12:58 PM - University of Texas San Antonio

Climate change is a topic that is debated, doubted and covered by news outlets across the world. Luis Hestres, in the Department of Communication at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), is researching the evolution of climate change activism and how advocacy groups use digital platforms to mobilize.

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