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COVID-19 in Our Dust May Help Predict Outbreaks, Study Finds

A study done in rooms where COVID-19 patients were isolated shows that the virus’s RNA – part of the genetic material inside a virus – can persist up to a month in dust.

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Simple Genetic Modification Aims to Stop Mosquitoes Spreading Malaria

Altering a mosquito’s gut genes to make them spread antimalarial genes to the next generation of their species shows promise as an approach to curb malaria, suggests a preliminary study published today in eLife.

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Abandoning the Old Ways: Progress in the Low-Cost Electrochemical Synthesis of Ammonia

Ammonia (NH3) is among the most important chemicals produced by humans and  has a promising future in sustainable energy applications besides being used in fertilizer production. 

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Partial Shade From Solar Panels Increase Abundance of Flowers in Late Summer

A new study by Oregon State University researchers found that shade provided by solar panels increased the abundance of flowers under the panels and delayed the timing of their bloom, both findings that could aid the agricultural community.

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Indigenous Land-Use Reduced Catastrophic Wildfires on the Fish Lake Plateau

If you were to visit the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau a thousand years ago, you’d find conditions remarkably familiar to the present.

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Climate Change is Making it Harder to Get a Good Cup of Coffee

Ethiopia may produce less specialty coffee and more rather bland tasting varieties in the future.

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Climate Change is Making Indian Monsoon Seasons More Chaotic

If global warming continues unchecked, summer monsoon rainfall in India will become stronger and more erratic.

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Channel Migration Plays Leading Role in River Network Evolution, Study Finds

Satellite views of Earth’s major river systems reveal their familiar treelike drainage patterns. The pattern – called dendritic – and its prevalence suggests that it may be the optimal state in which rivers exist.

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Air Pollution May Affect Severity and Hospitalization in COVID-19 Patients with Respiratory Disease

Patients who have preexisting respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and live in areas with high levels of air pollution have a greater chance of hospitalization if they contract COVID-19, says a University of Cincinnati researcher.

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