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Underwater Avalanches Are Trapping Microplastics in the Deep Ocean

A collaborative research project between the Universities of Manchester, Utrecht, and Durham, and the National Oceanography Centre has revealed for the first time how submarine sediment avalanches can transport microplastics from land into the deep ocean.

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Unexceptional Arctic Sea Ice Maximum in 2020

Arctic sea ice extent—the area where ice concentration is at least 15 percent—reached its apparent annual maximum on March 5, 2020.

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Global Study Shows How Marine Species Respond as Oceans Warm

A global analysis of over 300 marine species spanning more than 100 years, shows that mammals, plankton, fish, plants and seabirds have been changing in abundance as our climate warms.

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Local Community Involvement Crucial to Restoring Tropical Peatlands

Local community involvement is vital in efforts to raise water levels to help restore Indonesia’s tropical peatlands, a new study has found.

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Less Ice, More Methane From Northern Lakes: A Result From Global Warming

Shorter and warmer winters lead to an increase in emissions of methane from northern lakes, according to a new study by scientists in Finland and the US. 

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Bats Depend On Conspecifics When Hunting Above Farmland

Common noctules – one of the largest bat species native to Germany – are searching for their fellows during their hunt for insects above farmland.

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Neural Networks Facilitate Optimization In The Search For New Materials

When searching through theoretical lists of possible new materials for particular applications, such as batteries or other energy-related devices, there are often millions of potential materials that could be considered, and multiple criteria that need to be met and optimized at once.

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Coronavirus Outbreak Raises Question: Why Are Bat Viruses So Deadly?

It’s no coincidence that some of the worst viral disease outbreaks in recent years — SARS, MERS, Ebola, Marburg and likely the newly arrived 2019-nCoV virus — originated in bats.

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The Brains of Shrimps and Insects are More Alike Than We Thought

New research shows that crustaceans such as shrimps, lobsters and crabs have more in common with their insect relatives than previously thought – when it comes to the structure of their brains.

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New Framework Will Help Decide Which Trees Are Best in the Fight Against Air Pollution

A study from the University of Surrey has provided a comprehensive guide on which tree species are best for combatting air pollution that originates from our roads – along with suggestions for how to plant these green barriers to get the best results.

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