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Say Hello to Biodegradable Microplastics

Microplastics are tiny, nearly indestructible fragments shed from everyday plastic products.

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Reimagining the Future of Solar Energy

New research suggests that there might be other ways to generate solar energy than just trying to make individual solar cells super-efficient.

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Toronto Researchers Devise New Method to Find Proteins for Targeted Treatment of Disease

Researchers at the University of Toronto and Sinai Health have created a new platform to identify proteins that can be co-opted to control the stability of other proteins — a new but largely unrealized approach to the treatment of disease.

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Climate Change Disrupts Vital Ecosystems in the Alps

Reduced snow cover and shifting vegetation patterns in the Alps, both driven by climate change, are having major combined impacts on biodiversity and functioning of ecosystems in the high mountains, according to new research published today.

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Fairy Circles: Plant Water Stress Causes Namibia’s Gaps in Grass

Namibia's legendary fairy circles are mysterious, circular, bald patches in the dry grasslands on the edge of the Namib Desert.

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There Are Large Accumulations of Plastics in the Ocean, Even Outside So-Called Garbage Patch

When plastic ends up in the ocean, it gradually weathers and disintegrates into small particles. 

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Sea Surface Temperature Research Provides Clear Evidence of Human-Caused Climate Change

Claims that climate change is natural are inconsistent with new oceanic temperature trends, signal associated with human activities.

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Quantum Tornado Provides Gateway to Understanding Black Holes

Scientists have for the first time created a giant quantum vortex to mimic a black hole in superfluid helium that has allowed them to see in greater detail how analogue black holes behave and interact with their surroundings.

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The Heat Index — How Hot It Feels — Is Rising Faster Than Temperature

Texans have long endured scorching summer temperatures, so a global warming increase of about 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 Celsius) might not sound like much to worry about.

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Transforming Wood Waste for Sustainable Manufacturing

Lignin, a complex organic polymer, is one of the main components of wood, providing structural support and rigidity to make trees strong enough to withstand the elements. 

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