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Making ammonia ‘greener’

Ammonia, a compound first synthesized about a century ago, has dozens of modern uses and has become essential in making the fertilizer that now sustains most of our global food production.

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Discovery adapts natural membrane to make hydrogen fuel from water

A chemical reaction pathway central to plant biology has been adapted to form the backbone of a new process that converts water into hydrogen fuel using energy from the sun.

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Oceans are warming even faster than previously thought

Heat trapped by greenhouse gases is raising ocean temperatures faster than previously thought, concludes an analysis of four recent ocean-heating observations.

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Parched Project Explores Water Issues in Canada

Rising among fir and spruce on the Canadian Shield, the Ottawa River flows through forests and wetlands and alongside bucolic orchards and farms.

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A Little Squid Sheds Light on Evolution with Bacteria

Bacteria, which are vital for the health of all animals, also played a major role in the evolution of animals and their tissues.

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Social and Environmental Costs of Hydropower Are Underestimated, Study Shows

While most developed countries have reduced the construction of large dams for the production of electricity in recent decades, developing countries, including Brazil, have embarked on even more massive hydropower developments.

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How Dangerous is Microplastic?

After early reports of microplastic pollution in our oceans and beaches sounded the alarm, the global scientific community intensified its focus into this area. 

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Murky Water Keeps Fish on Edge

A study led by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University found fish become anxious and more cautious when water quality is degraded by sediment, an effect that could stunt their growth and damage their health.

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As Disease Ravages Coral Reefs, Scientists Scramble for Solutions

In September 2014, William Precht received an alarming phone call. “I’m seeing something funky out on the reef,” a colleague reported. “It looks like disease.” 

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To Prevent Fires, One California Town Says 'Goat Fund Me'

Nestled in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains is the quaint Gold Rush town of Nevada City. 

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