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Glacier research exposes route that may have been used for southern migration

Glacier experts from the University of Northern British Columbia and The University of Manchester have discovered that the western margin of the Cordilleran ice sheet, that once covered western North America, including all of present-day British Columbia, retreated earlier than previously thought.

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Steelhead life cycle linked to environment, pink salmon abundance

A new SFU study has found that steelhead trout have a remarkable life-cycle variation that responds to changes in temperature and numbers of other species of salmon.

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Research explores smell’s role in bird mating

When it comes to a song sparrow attracting a mate, the little feathered fellow may want forget about the singing audition and worry more about his smell, according to one Western PhD student.

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This urban farm is on path to sustainability

Standing on a path of broken concrete, dirt and grass, Anya Sirota stops. It doesn’t look like much, but in Sirota’s view, the footpath has a big part to play in the future of the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm in Detroit.

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Fewer biofuels, more green space: Climate action researcher calls for urgent shift

Growing and harvesting bioenergy crops—corn for ethanol or trees to fuel power plants, for example—is a poor use of land, which is a precious resource in the fight against climate change, says a University of Michigan researcher.

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NASA sees Walaka becoming a powerful Hurricane

The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and analyzed Walaka’s rainfall and cloud structure as it was strengthening into a hurricane.

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Vital volcano insights come at a cost

It started out like the camping trip from hell, but it turned into the research expedition of a lifetime for three University of British Columbia volcanologists.

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Savoring Seafood

If you're a seafood fan like us, you'll be happy to hear that October is National Seafood Month.

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Finding Middle Ground on the Range

Cattle ranching and conservation may seem an unusual pair in the American West, but new research reveals a clear link between the economic health of ranches and the ability to maintain habitat for an iconic wild bird that for years has been at the center of public land policy debate: the greater sage grouse. 

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This Wild Plant Could Be the Next Strawberry

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and… groundcherries? A little-known fruit about the size of a marble could become agriculture’s next big berry crop. 

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