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COVID-19 Lockdown Reduced Dangerous Air Pollutants in Five Indian Cities by Up to 54 Percent

The COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown measures have led to a dramatic reduction of harmful air pollutants across major cities in India, finds a new study from the University of Surrey.

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Ozone Disinfection Could Safely Allow Reuse of Personal Protective Equipment

A new study shows that ozone gas, a highly reactive chemical composed of three oxygen atoms, could provide a safe means for disinfecting certain types of personal protective equipment that are in high demand for shielding healthcare personnel from Covid-19.

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Tree Planting Does Not Always Boost Ecosystem Carbon Stocks, Study Finds

Planting huge numbers of trees to mitigate climate change is “not always the best strategy” – with some experimental sites in Scotland failing to increase carbon stocks, a new study has found.

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AI Model to Forecast Complicated Large-scale Tropical Instability Waves in Pacific Ocean

Large-scale oceanic phenomena are complicated and often involve many natural processes. 

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Penn Researchers Find Three Distinct Immune Responses for Sicker COVID-19 Patients

Researchers from the Penn Institute of Immunology discovered three distinct immune responses to the SARS-CoV2 infection that could help predict the trajectory of disease in severe COVID-19 patients and may ultimately inform how to best treat them.

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NASA Finds Limited Water Vapor as Depression 06E Becomes a Trough

When NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the Eastern Pacific Ocean, it gathered water vapor data on Tropical Depression 06E that showed it had opened up into a trough. 

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New Map for Radioactive Soil Contamination in Western Europe

An international consortium of scientists has refined the map of caesium and plutonium radionuclide concentrations in soils in Switzerland and several neighbouring countries.

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Blood Iron Levels Could Be Key to Slowing Ageing

Genes linked to ageing that could help explain why some people age at different rates to others have been identified by scientists.

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'Blinking' Crystals May Convert CO2 Into Fuels

Imagine tiny crystals that “blink” like fireflies and can convert carbon dioxide, a key cause of climate change, into fuels.

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