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Tropical Trees use Unique Method to Resist Drought

Tropical trees in the Amazon Rainforest may be more drought resistant than previously thought, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside.

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Climate Warming Causes Local Extinction of Rocky Mountain Wildflower Species

New CU Boulder-led research has established a causal link between climate warming and the localized extinction of a common Rocky Mountain flowering plant, a result that could serve as a herald of future population declines. 

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Getting Sleepy? Fruit Flies Constantly Tune into Environmental Temperature to Time Sleep

Humans and fruit flies may have not shared a common ancestor for hundreds of millions of years, but the neurons that govern our circadian clocks are strikingly similar.

 

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Patients with Advanced Cancer may be Less Competent to Make Decisions Than Doctors Think

Patients with terminal cancer face difficult decisions. What treatment options support their goals? When is it reasonable to discontinue care? A study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry shows that these patients may be less competent to make these decisions than their doctors think.

 

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Amateur Astronomer Captures Rare First Light from Massive Exploding Star

Thanks to lucky snapshots taken by an amateur astronomer in Argentina, scientists have obtained their first view of the initial burst of light from the explosion of a massive star.

 

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First Evidence of Ocean Warming Around Galápagos Corals

The ocean around the Galápagos Islands has been warming since the 1970s, according to a new analysis of the natural temperature archives stored in coral reefs.

 

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Hybrid mountain pine beetles set to spread more easily

A hybrid population of mountain pine beetles is set to do further damage to one of Canada’s most iconic regions.

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How to build whey more muscle

The debate is over. Dietary protein supplements significantly improve muscle strength and size when taken by healthy adults who lift weights, a determination reached by McMaster scientists who analyzed dozens of research studies.

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Farming Crops with Rocks to Reduce CO2 and Improve Global Food Security

Enhanced rock weathering involves adding minute rock grains to cropland soils which dissolve chemically taking up carbon dioxide and releasing plant essential nutrients.  Unlike other carbon removal strategies enhanced rock weathering doesn’t compete for land used to grow food or increase the demand for freshwater.  Other potential benefits include reducing the use of agricultural fertilizers and pesticides, lowering the cost of food production and increasing farm profitability.

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Sea-Level Legacy: 20cm More Rise by 2300 for Each 5-Year Delay in Peaking Emissions

Peaking global CO2 emissions as soon as possible is crucial for limiting the risks of sea-level rise, even if global warming is limited to well below 2°C. A study now published in the journal Nature Communications analyzes for the first time the sea-level legacy until 2300 within the constraints of the Paris Agreement.

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