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First Evidence of Human-Caused Climate Change Melting the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

A new study published this week reveals the first evidence of a direct link between human-induced global warming and melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.  

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Structurally Complex Forests Better at Carbon Sequestration

Forests in the eastern United States that are structurally complex — meaning the arrangement of vegetation is highly varied — sequester more carbon, according to a new study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Mosquito ‘Spit Glands’ Hold Key to Curbing Malaria, Study Shows

Mosquitoes can harbor thousands of malaria-causing parasites in their bodies, yet while slurping blood from a victim, they transmit just a tiny fraction of them. 

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Diet Change Needed to Save Vast Areas of Tropics

One quarter of the world’s tropical land could disappear by the end of the century unless meat and dairy consumption falls, researchers have warned.

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Cleaning Up: Cameroon Chemist Turns Oil Waste into Soap

The disposal of used cooking oil and fat from food waste is an issue facing cities around the world. 

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Alzheimer’s Disease Destroys Neurons that Keep Us Awake

Researchers and caregivers have noted that excessive daytime napping can develop long before the memory problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease begin to unfold. 

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Ten Years of Icy Data Show the Flow of Heat from the Arctic Seafloor

Scientists have taken the temperature of a huge expanse of seafloor in the Arctic Ocean in new research by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Canada. 

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University Doing Its Part To Protect Endangered Barn Swallows

When Stephen King was growing up in North Portal, Saskatchewan, barn swallows were a common sight.

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Collaboration Revitalizes Threatened Fish Species

In the 1920s, scientists identified aurora trout as a new species native only to northeastern Ontario.

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Persistent Plume

Thunderstorms generated by a group of giant wildfires in 2017 injected a small volcano’s worth of aerosol into the stratosphere, creating a smoke plume that lasted for almost nine months. 

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