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What Scientists Found After Sifting Through Dust in the Solar System

Just as dust gathers in corners and along bookshelves in our homes, dust piles up in space too. But when the dust settles in the solar system, it’s often in rings.

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Scientists Delineate Pathway That Helps Us Make Antibodies

Our bodies are continuously concocting specific antibodies to thwart invaders like a virus or even pollen, and scientists have new information about how the essential production gets fired up and keeps up.

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What Do Gardens Bring to Urban Ecosystems?

“A healthy community requires healthy soil.” This idea spurred a consortium of researchers, farmers, and community garden practitioners to dive into the challenges—and opportunities—of urban agriculture. 

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A Quest to Save Lives by Cleaning Up Production of a Ubiquitous Building Material

When Stephen Luby, MD, first arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2004, he barely registered the hazy atmosphere. 

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NOAA And Partners Capture Footage of What Might Be New Species of Killer Whale

It’s not every day that scientists get an up close and personal look at what might be a new species.

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TV Meteorologists Could Play Key Role in Climate Change Education

Canadian meteorologists who deliver the evening news are interested in educating Canadians about the increasing impacts of climate change.

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Defects Help Nanomaterial Soak Up More Pollutant in Less Time

Cleaning pollutants from water with a defective filter sounds like a non-starter, but a recent study by chemical engineers at Rice University found that the right-sized defects helped a molecular sieve soak up more perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in less time.

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Using Machine Learning to Improve Subseasonal Climate Forecasting

Judah Cohen, director of seasonal forecasting at AER (Atmospheric and Environmental Research) and visiting scientist in MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Ernest Fraenkel, professor of biological engineering at MIT, have won first place in three out of four temperature forecasting categories in the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo competition, hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

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Climate Change Could Devastate Painted Turtles, According to New Study

An Iowa State University biologist is sounding the alarm for the painted turtle, one of many reptiles for which climate change could prove particularly threatening.

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Largest Carbon Dioxide Sink in Renewable Forests

Forests are the filters of our Earth: They clean the air, remove dust particles, and produce oxygen.

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