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Seabird deaths result of regulatory failure in the offshore oil industry

Two highly motivated academics – Professors Gail Fraser, in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, and Angela Carter, a political scientist at the University of Waterloo – joined forces to press for changes in the offshore oil industry after their study showed that a lack of regulatory action places seabirds’ lives at risk due to their attraction to lighting on oil rigs.

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Technologies that can help end ‘hallway medicine’

Video games and a robotic glove that help stroke survivors regain dexterity in their hands and arms. A robot named Casper that assists older adults with everything from fixing a tuna sandwich to communicating with loved ones.

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How llamas could help us fight the flu

Last year’s flu season was the worst in decades, leading to more than 80,000 deaths in the U.S. alone.

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New images show serotonin activating its receptor for first time

Serotonin (3A) receptors are common drug targets in the treatment of pain, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, and mood disorders yet little is known about their three-dimensional structure. Details about serotonin receptor structures could provide important clues to designing better drugs with less side effects. Now, a team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have used high-powered microscopes to view serotonin activating its receptor for the first time. Images published in Nature reveal molecular details about the receptor that could improve drug design to treat a multitude of diseases.

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Mongolia Secures Funding for Major Wind and Solar Project

Mongolia has secured funding from the Asian Development Bank and other sources to build a 41-megawatt distributed renewable energy system that will provide clean electricity to about 260,000 people living in remote areas in the western part of the country, according to CNBC. The system will be the first large-scale, combined wind and solar energy project in Mongolia, a country that currently gets 80 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power plants.

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NASA Finds Tropical Depression Yutu Fading off China Coast

Once a Super Typhoon, now a ghost of its former self, Tropical Depression Yutu was fading off the coast of southeastern China on Nov.2 when NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead.

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Ozone Hole Modest Despite Optimum Conditions for Ozone Depletion

The ozone hole that forms in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica each September was slightly above average size in 2018, NOAA and NASA scientists reported today.

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“Robust” corals primed to resist coral bleaching

Using advanced genomic techniques, a team of researchers led by Dr Hua (Emily) Ying of The Australian National University (ANU) and Prof David Miller of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University (JCU), have found that the group of corals classified as “robust,” which includes a number of the brain corals and mushroom corals, have a key physiological advantage over “complex” corals, including common branching corals such as the staghorn coral.

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What’s In The Air? There’s More To It Than We Thought

Yale researchers have found that a type of air pollution is much more complicated than previous studies indicated.

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Gene Find Could Pave Way for Disease-Resistant Crops

Discovery of a gene that helps plants control their response to disease could aid efforts to develop crops that are resistant to infection, research suggests.

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