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USGS Announces Largest Continuous Oil Assessment in Texas and New Mexico

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced the Wolfcamp Shale and overlying Bone Spring Formation in the Delaware Basin portion of Texas and New Mexico’s Permian Basin province contain an estimated mean of 46.3 billion barrels of oil.

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Whale bones tell visceral tale of orca history

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how do you quantify the experience of holding a whale skull?

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Agricultural Waste Drives Us Closer to Greener Transport

Composite materials made from agricultural waste could be used to produce sustainable, lightweight and low-cost applications in the automotive and marine industries.

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Fighting Smog Supports Solar Power

The air in Beijing is often very bad. The city sinks under a brown cover made of exhaust gases from industry, cars and coal fires, which blow a lot of harmful particulate matter, soot, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides into the air.

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Scientists Find Causes of Firenado in Deadly Carr Fire

A destructive fire-generated vortex – a massive stream of rising, spinning, smoke, ash and fire – that topped out at 17,000 feet above the earth, accelerated the Carr Fire that killed eight people and devastated a widespread area in the Redding, California region in July 2018. 

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Simple Steps to Climate-Proof Farms Have Big Potential Upside for Tropical Farmers

Cacao farmers in Nicaragua lose their crop, the main ingredient for chocolate, to fungal blight and degrading soils. 

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“Nobody monitors air quality here”: Researcher returns home to study Trinidad and Tobago emissions

A new study by a graduate student in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering measured significant concentrations of traffic-related air pollution near roadways in the small island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, reaching levels comparable to highways in major urban centres like Toronto and Detroit.

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Study finds toxic chemicals on smartphones, in bodies of smartphone users

Much has been written about the detrimental effects of smartphones on attention spans, stress levels and dinner table conversations.

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The national marine sanctuary legacy of President George H.W. Bush

This week, along with the rest of the nation, we mourn the passing of our 41st president, George H.W. Bush, on November 30, 2018.

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Fast E.coli test keeps bad food off shelves

A new E.coli rapid testing kit developed by researchers at Western University is revolutionizing food safety testing by producing results within hours, not days – and ensuring contaminated food doesn’t make it to the produce aisle of  your neighbourhood grocery store.

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