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Arctic Under Spotlight at World Economic Forum

A team of Arctic scientists – including British Antarctic Survey (BAS) climate scientist Dr Jeremy Wilkinson – are hosting their fourth Arctic Basecamp in Davos this week (20-24 January) at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting.

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Dozens of Non-Oncology Drugs Can Kill Cancer Cells

Drugs for diabetes, inflammation, alcoholism — and even for treating arthritis in dogs — can also kill cancer cells in the lab, according to a study by scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Ozone-Depleting Substances Caused Half of Late 20th-Century Arctic Warming, Says Study

A scientific paper published in 1985 was the first to report a burgeoning hole in Earth’s stratospheric ozone over Antarctica.

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Finding New Land-Management Lessons in Old Ways

A new study led by archaeologists, ecologists, and paleoclimatologists at Harvard and elsewhere overturns long-held beliefs about the role humans played in shaping the American landscape before and after European colonization. 

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Setting Fires to Avoid Fires: Stanford Study Outlines Approaches to Enable More Prescribed Burns

Australians desperate for solutions to raging wildfires might find them 8,000 miles away, where a new Stanford-led study proposes ways of overcoming barriers to prescribed burns – fires purposefully set under controlled conditions to clear ground fuels.

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Becoming Less Active and Gaining Weight: Downsides of Becoming an Adult

Leaving school and getting a job both lead to a drop in the amount of physical activity, while becoming a mother is linked to increased weight gain, conclude two reviews published today and led by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

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Plant Genomes Reveal the Basis for Adaptation to Contrasting Climates

In the face of rapid climate change, it is important that plants can adapt quickly to new conditions to ensure their survival.

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Blood Test for Eight Gene Signatures Could Predict Onset of Tuberculosis

Scientists at UCL have shown a blood test could predict the onset of tuberculosis three to six months before people become unwell, a finding which could help better target antibiotics and save countless lives.

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Scurvy Is Still a Thing in Canada

Scurvy, the debilitating condition remembered as a disease of pirates, is still found in Canada.

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Helping Roadside Soils Bounce Back After Construction

Everyone hates road construction, even the soils and bodies of water around the roads.

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