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Study Shows Cactus Pear as Drought-Tolerant Crop for Sustainable Fuel and Food

Could cactus pear become a major crop like soybeans and corn in the near future, and help provide a biofuel source, as well as a sustainable food and forage crop?

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Fewer Butterflies Seen Across the Warming, Drying Landscapes of American West

New methods of conservation and management of butterfly habitat may be needed to stem the consistent annual decline in the numbers of butterflies over the past 40 years in the western United States, according to a new study published in the journal Science.

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‘Falling insect’ Season Length Impacts River Ecosystems

Insects that fall from the surrounding forest provide seasonal food for fish in streams. Researchers at Kobe University and The University of Tokyo have shown that the lengthening of this period has a profound effect on food webs and ecosystem functions present in streams.

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Comet Catalina Suggests Comets Delivered Carbon to Rocky Planets

In early 2016, an icy visitor from the edge of our solar system hurtled past Earth. It briefly became visible to stargazers as Comet Catalina before it slingshotted past the Sun to disappear forevermore out of the solar system.

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Antarctic Seals Reveal Worrying Threats to Disappearing Glaciers

More Antarctic meltwater is surfacing than was previously known, modifying the climate, preventing sea ice from forming and boosting marine productivity– according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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How Governments and Companies Should Listen to the People on Climate Change

People are more engaged in reducing carbon emissions than previously thought - and governments, scientists and companies should listen to them - according to new research from the University of East Anglia and the UK Energy Research Centre.

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Will Climate Change Outpace Species Adaptation?

Many species might be left vulnerable in the face of climate change, unable to adapt their physiologies to respond to rapid global warming. 

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Volcanoes Might Light up the Night Sky of This Planet

Until now, researchers have found no evidence of global tectonic activity on planets outside our solar system. 

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Virginia Tech Researcher Highlights Infectious Diseases and Social Distancing in Nature

Forager ants do it, vampire bats do it, guppies do it, and mandrills do it. Long before humans learned about and started “social distancing due to COVID-19,” animals in nature intuitively practiced social distancing when one of their own became sick.

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Breakup at Brunt

A large iceberg finally split from the Antarctic ice shelf, but another piece stubbornly hangs on.

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