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Iran’s Rainbow Island

A mix of uplifting salt and other sedimentary and metamorphic rocks make for colorful landscapes in the Persian Gulf.

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Greenhouse Effect of Clouds Instrumental in Origin of Tropical Storms

The researchers found that infrared radiative feedback from clouds creates a localized greenhouse effect that traps heat in the area of the tropical depression.

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Summer Road Trip Finds Small Streams Have Big Impacts on Great Lakes

While decades of monitoring and regulatory efforts have paid little attention to these tiny tributaries, student's research shows that they play an outsized role in feeding algae blooms and impacting coastal waters.

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Stanford Researchers Reveal U.S. Corn Crop’s Growing Sensitivity to Drought

New management approaches and technology have allowed the U.S. Corn Belt to increase yields despite some changes in climate.

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Surprised Researchers: Number of Leopards in Northern China on the Rise

Most of the world’s leopards are endangered and generally, the number of these shy and stunning cats is decreasing.

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Irregular Appearances of Glacial and Interglacial Climate States

During the last 2.6 million years of Earth’s climate has altered between glacial and interglacial states. 

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Study Shows How Exercise Stalls Cancer Growth Through the Immune System

People with cancer who exercise generally have a better prognosis than inactive patients.

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Land Management in Forest and Grasslands: How Much Can We Intensify?

High land-use intensity reduces the beneficial effects of biodiversity on ecosystem services. 

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New Survey Reveals State-level Opinions on Climate Change, From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream Waters

North and South, rural and urban—the United States is a complex mix of cultures, mindsets, and life experiences. 

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Illinois Study Tracks Evolution of Sars-Cov-2 Virus Mutations

Since COVID-19 began its menacing march across Wuhan, China, in December 2019, and then across the world, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has taken a “whatever works” strategy to ensure its replication and spread. 

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