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Snout Dated: Slow-Evolving Elephant Shark Offers New Insights into Human Physiology

The mineralocortoid receptor (MR) regulates water and sodium transport throughout cells and tissues, which is critical for controlling blood pressure and so, not surprisingly, the MR is common to all vertebrate animals.

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Climate Change To Make Events Like 2017 Northern Plains Flash Drought More Likely

The 2017 Northern Plains drought hit hard and without warning, desiccating pastures, rangelands and wheat, sparking massive wildfires, and causing widespread livestock sell-offs across the Dakotas, northeastern Montana and the Canadian Prairies.

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NOAA Fisheries Announces New Plans for Engaging with Recreational Fishermen

NOAA Fisheries is sharpening our focus on engaging recreational fishermen where they live and fish.

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Downpours Of Torrential Rain More Frequent With Global Warming

The frequency of downpours of heavy rain—which can lead to flash floods, devastation, and outbreaks of waterborne disease—has increased across the globe in the past 50 years.

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Bees Can Link Symbols to Numbers: Study

We’ve learned bees can understand zero and do basic maths, and now a new study shows their tiny insect brains may be capable of connecting symbols to numbers.

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Researchers Discover What Makes Deep-Sea Dragonfish Teeth Transparent

A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego have discovered what’s responsible for making the teeth of the deep-sea dragonfish transparent. 

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Glacial Sediments Greased the Gears of Plate Tectonics

Earth’s outer layer is composed of giant plates that grind together, sliding past or dipping beneath one another, giving rise to earthquakes and volcanoes. These plates also separate at undersea mountain ridges, where molten rock spreads from the centers of ocean basins.

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Food Freshness Sensors Could Replace ‘Use-By’ Dates to Cut Food Waste

The researchers say the new sensors could help detect spoilage and reduce food waste for supermarkets and consumers.

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Estimating Microplastic Consumption

Since the mass production of plastics began in the 1940s, the versatile polymers have spread rapidly across the globe. 

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Dietary Supplements Linked with Severe Health Events in Children, Young Adults

Consumption of dietary supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, and energy was associated with increased risk for severe medical events in children and young adults compared to consumption of vitamins, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

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