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Climate Change May Make the Arctic Tundra a Drier Landscape

With climate change, the Arctic tundra is likely to become drier. Lakes may shrink in size and smaller lakes may even disappear according to a new Dartmouth study. 

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Climate Change Affects the Genetic Diversity of a Species

What effects does climate change have on the genetic diversity of living organisms?

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New Studies Increase Confidence in NASA's Measure of Earth's Temperature

A new assessment of NASA's record of global temperatures revealed that the agency's estimate of Earth's long-term temperature rise in recent decades is accurate to within less than a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit, providing confidence that past and future research is correctly capturing rising surface temperatures.

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Trace Metal Exposure Among Pregnant Women in British Columbia

The Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology last week revealed the findings of a 2016 pilot study that measured pregnant women's exposure to environmental contaminants in northeastern British Columbia, an area of intensive natural-gas production through hydraulic fracturing (fracking). 

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UMass Amherst Ecologists Find Wild Bush Dog, a Native of South American Forests, in Remote Central Costa Rica

Wildlife ecologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who are studying different conservation practices in the forests of Costa Rica recently made a startling discovery on a wildlife camera trap – wild bush dogs documented farther north than ever before and at the highest elevation.

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Engineered Bacteria Could Be Missing Link in Energy Storage

One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that’s generated from wind, solar and waves. 

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Oldest Meteorite Collection on Earth Found in One of the Driest Places

Earth is bombarded every year by rocky debris, but the rate of incoming meteorites can change over time. 

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Home-Schoolers See No Added Health Risks over Time

Years of home-schooling don’t appear to influence the general health of children, according to a Rice University study.

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Gas vs. Electric? NIST Says Fuel Choice Affects Efforts to Achieve Low-Energy and Low-Impact Homes

If you want to make your home as energy-efficient and green as possible, should you use gas or electric for your heating and cooling needs?

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Scientists Break Record for Highest-Temperature Superconductor

Using advanced technology at UChicago-affiliated Argonne National Laboratory, the team studied a class of materials in which they observed superconductivity at temperatures of about minus-23 degrees Celsius (minus-9 degrees Fahrenheit)—a jump of about 50 degrees compared to the previous confirmed record.

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