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Saltier Waterways are Creating Dangerous “Chemical Cocktails”

New UMD-led research highlights the need for better regulation and pollution management strategies.

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Utility Customers Overestimate Cost Savings With Energy-Conservation Plans

When deciding whether to participate in programs designed to conserve energy during peak hours, consumers appear to rely more on their intuition about how much money they’re saving rather than on proof their bills are smaller, a new study has found.

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Prescribed Burning Not as Damaging as Previously Thought

New research by the University has found that prescribed burning, a controversial technique where fires are intentionally used to manage vegetation, is not as damaging to peat growth as previously thought if carried out on a sensible rotation, and can produce several positive outcomes. 

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Global Warming Increases Frost Damage on Trees in Central Europe

Global warming increases frost damage on trees in large areas of Central Europe, according to a new Finnish-Chinese study by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland, the Chinese Academy of Science and Zhejiang A&F University.

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Wild Yeasts May Hold Key to Better Wines from Warmer Climates

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found yeasts that naturally occur on wine grapes may improve wines produced in warmer climates. 

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Children Perform Better When Parents Are Involved in School Life

A family’s involvement in a child’s education acts as a source of social mobility, according to a study by experts from the HSE Centre of Social and Economic School Development, Mikhail Goshin and Tatyana Mertsalova. 

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Don’t Quibble With a Gribble: Why a Curious Crustacean Could Hold Secret to Making Renewable Energy From Wood

Scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel.

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New Review Highlights Importance of Good Sleep Routines for Children

Sleep hygiene—which includes practices like providing a cool and quiet sleeping environment or reading before bedtime to help kids unwind—is increasingly popular among parents looking to ensure their children get a good night’s rest.

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Better Sleep — Not ‘All-Nighters’ — Helps Students on Final Exams

Students given extra points if they met “The 8-hour Challenge” — averaging eight hours of sleep for five nights during final exams week — did better than those who snubbed (or flubbed) the incentive, according to Baylor University research.

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Study shows precipitous decline in population of adult rainbow trout in Bow River

The population of adult rainbow trout in the Bow River has declined dramatically in recent years, a trend that puts at risk the world-famous recreational fishery, University of Calgary scientists have found.

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