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Researchers Engineer Hardier Microbes to Improve Bioproduction of Fuels, Chemicals

Busy, productive microbes use enzymes to break down leaves, stalks and other biomass and then convert that material into renewable fuels and chemicals.

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OU Researcher Awarded NSF Grant to Study Katabatic Winds Contribute to the Growth and Erosion of Antarctic Ice Sheet

Scott T. Salesky, an assistant professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, is the principal investigator of a recently awarded $530,297 grant through the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs to study how katabatic winds – cold, dense winds flowing down a sloping surface – impact snow transport and ultimately contribute to the growth of the Antarctic ice sheet.

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How Highly Processed Foods Harm Memory in the Aging Brain

Four weeks on a diet of highly processed food led to a strong inflammatory response in the brains of aging rats that was accompanied by behavioral signs of memory loss, a new study has found.

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As Drought Bears Down on Northern Kenya, Millions Face Hunger

For the second consecutive year, Kenya’s semi-arid north has experienced meager rainfall, causing a drought that threatens the food supply of 2.4 million people, according to the United Nations World Food Program, Reuters reported.

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Climate Change Threatens Hydropower Energy Security in the Amazon Basin

Hydropower is the dominant source of energy in the Amazon region, the world’s largest river basin and a hotspot for future hydropower development. 

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Study Reveals Extent of Impact of Human Settlement on Island Ecosystems

Research has shed new light on the impact of humans on islands’ biodiversity. 

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A Record-Breaking Year for Fire in Sakha

The larch forests of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) are like no other place on Earth. 

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Auroras Announce the Solar Cycle

Solar Cycle 25 is underway, and that means more frequent opportunities to see auroras—more commonly known as the northern lights and southern lights. One of the best opportunities in recent years occurred on October 11-12, 2021.

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By 2500 Earth Could Be Alien to Humans

To fully grasp and plan for climate impacts under any scenario, researchers and policymakers must look well beyond the 2100 benchmark. 

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Underwater Gardens Boost Coral Diversity to Stave Off ‘Biodiversity Meltdown’

Corals are the foundation species of tropical reefs worldwide, but stresses ranging from overfishing to pollution to warming oceans are killing corals and degrading the critical ecosystem services they provide.

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