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As Water Scarcity Increases, Desalination Plants Are on the Rise

Some 30 miles north of San Diego, along the Pacific Coast, sits the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the largest effort to turn salt water into fresh water in North America.

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Big Pharma Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than the Automotive Industry

Rarely does mention of the pharmaceutical industry conjure up images of smoke stacks, pollution and environmental damage.

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Very Large Dead Zone Forecast for the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA scientists are forecasting this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’.

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Small Boat Noise in the Salish Sea Impacts Whale Health

On World Ocean’s Day, marine biologist and coastal geographer Lauren McWhinnie is excited to be part of the festivities at Fisherman’s Wharf and supporting local organization Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society (SIMRES).

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NASA Catches Development of Tropical Cyclone 02A

Visible imagery from NASA’s Terra satellite provided confirmation of the development of Tropical Cyclone 02A in the Arabian Sea, Northern Indian Ocean.

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Experiments Reveal the Physics of Evaporation

It’s a process so fundamental to everyday life — in everything from your morning coffeemaker to the huge power plant that provides its electricity — that it’s often taken for granted: the way a liquid boils away from a hot surface.

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Our Brains Appear Uniquely Tuned for Musical Pitch

In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, the harmonic sounds we hear when listening to music, than our evolutionary relative the macaque monkey.

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Our Water Cycle Diagrams Give a False Sense of Water Security

Leaving humans out of the picture, the researchers argue, contributes to a basic lack of awareness of how humans relate to water on Earth – and a false sense of security about future availability of this essential and scarce resource.

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Mysterious Holes in Antarctic Sea Ice Explained by Years of Robotic Data

The winter ice on the surface of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea occasionally forms an enormous hole. 

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Lettuce Have It! Machine Learning for Cr-optimisation

At Earlham Institute (EI), artificial intelligence based techniques such as machine learning is moving from being merely an exciting premise to having real-life applications, where it’s needed most: improving efficiency and precision on the farm.

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