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Sustainable Practices Improve Farmers’ Wellbeing

Small-holder farmers in rural Tanzania can improve food security and their wellbeing by adopting agroecological practices, new research funded by UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund has shown.

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Simultaneous Extreme Weather Created Dangerous Conditions in U.S.

Intense heat in the southwestern United States broke records last summer partly because it hit in tandem with an unusually severe drought, a new Johns Hopkins study shows. 

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Colonising Sea Urchins Can Withstand Hot, Acidic Seas

Marine biologists have found that black sea urchins in the Mediterranean Sea are remarkably tolerant of warm, acidic water.

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Natural Gas Used in Homes Contains Hazardous Air Pollutants

Every day, millions of Americans rely on natural gas to power appliances such as kitchen stoves, furnaces, and water heaters, but until now very little data existed on the chemical makeup of the gas once it reaches consumers.

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Top Predators Could ‘Trap’ Themselves Trying to Adapt to Climate Change, Study Shows

As climate change alters environments across the globe, scientists have discovered that in response, many species are shifting the timing of major life events, such as reproduction. 

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New Research Suggests Heat Waves Could Lead to Avian Population Decline

Understanding how birds respond to climate change is a critical area of research that Elizabeth Derryberry, associate professor in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and her colleagues are racing to understand, including the increased prevalence and intensity of heat waves.

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Dangerous Viruses Can Survive in Fresh Water by Clinging to Plastic Waste, Study Finds

Viruses are able to survive in fresh water by clinging to microscopic pieces of plastic, posing a potential threat to public health, according to a new study.

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Robotic Lightning Bugs Take Flight

Inspired by fireflies, researchers create insect-scale robots that can emit light when they fly, which enables motion tracking and communication.

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eDNA: Bringing Biodiversity to the Surface

On January 1, 2020 the Republic of Palau implemented one of the world's largest marine protected areas. 

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Volunteer “Community Scientists” Do a Pretty Darn Good Job Generating Usable Data

Ask any scientist-- for every “Eureka!” moment, there’s a lot of less-than-glamorous work behind the scenes. 

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