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Study: Farm-Like Indoor Microbiota May Protect Children from Asthma Also in Urban Homes

A child’s risk of developing asthma is the smaller the more the microbiota of the child’s home resembles that of a farm house. 

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U-M Researchers Testing Ways to Make Aspen-Dominated Forests Resilient to Climate Change

In an aspen-dominated hardwood forest at the northern tip of the state’s Lower Peninsula, University of Michigan scientists are testing ways to make the region’s forests more resilient to climate change.

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Chemists’ Breakthrough in Synthesis Advances a Potent Anti-Cancer Agent

It’s a feat three decades in the making: Harvard University chemists have achieved what a new paper calls a “landmark in drug discovery” with the total synthesis of halichondrin. 

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Can the UK Take Advantage of the Electric Vehicle Revolution?

The UK government must act quickly to ensure the country can take advantage of the transition to electric cars and become a centre for the production of vehicles and batteries, according to a new report.

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Tiny Probe Set to Shed Light on Lung Disease

A hair-sized probe that can measure key indicators of tissue damage deep in the lung has been developed by scientists.

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The Complex Fate of Antarctic Species in the Face of a Changing Climate

Oxygen concentrations in both the open ocean and coastal waters have declined by 2-5% since at least the middle of the 20th century.

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100-Year-Old Physics Model Replicates Modern Arctic Ice Melt

The Arctic is melting faster than we thought it would. In fact, Arctic ice extent is at a record low. When that happens—when a natural system behaves differently than scientists expect—it’s time to take another look at how we understand the system.

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Climate Change Threatens Commercial Fishers From Maine to North Carolina

Most fishing communities from North Carolina to Maine are projected to face declining fishing options unless they adapt to climate change by catching different species or fishing in different areas, according to a study in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Antioxidant Puts up Fight, but Loses Battle Against Toxic Protein Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

New research may explain why an antioxidant that protects the brain is also associated with deterioration in areas susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease.

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Bees Required to Create an Excellent Blueberry Crop

Getting an excellent rabbiteye blueberry harvest requires helpful pollinators—particularly native southeastern blueberry bees—although growers can bring in managed honey bees to do the job, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists.

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