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Shifting Seasons on the Steppe

Linear features in the Kulunda region of southwestern Russia look as if a large claw has scraped the land surface.

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Landslide Blocks Rio Colca

In Peru, a landslide damaged farmland and stopped the flow of an important local river.

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Scientists Identify New Pathogen in NY Apples

In a study of New York state apple orchards, Cornell plant pathologists have identified a new fungal pathogen that causes bitter rot disease in apples.

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Desert Algae Shed Light on Desiccation Tolerance in Green Plants

Deserts of the U.S. Southwest are extreme habitats for most plants, but, remarkably, microscopic green algae live there that are extraordinarily tolerant of dehydration.

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Light a Critical Factor in Limiting Carbon Uptake, Especially in the North

Columbia engineers demonstrate that, as temperatures rise, northern high latitude regions will not become more conducive to vegetation growth—light is still essential to end of season photosynthesis

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Coconut Confusion Reveals Consumer Conundrum

Coconut oil production may be more damaging to the environment than palm oil, researchers say.

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Palm Trees Most Abundant in Tropical Forests in the Americas

Palm trees are more than five times more numerous in tropical forests in the Americas than in comparable Asian and African forests, a new study shows.

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Nitrogen Pollution Policies Around the World Lag Behind Scientific Knowledge, New Analysis Finds

National and regional policies aimed at addressing pollution fueled by nitrogen lag behind scientific knowledge of the problem, finds a new analysis by an international team of researchers. 

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Cell ‘Membrane on a Chip’ Could Speed up Screening of Drug Candidates for COVID-19

Researchers have developed a human cell ‘membrane on a chip’ that allows continuous monitoring of how drugs and infectious agents interact with our cells, and may soon be used to test potential drug candidates for COVID-19.

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Walking Along Blue Spaces Such as Beaches or Lakes Benefits Mental Health

Short, frequent walks in blue spaces —areas that prominently feature water, such as beaches, lakes, rivers or fountains—may have a positive effect on people’s well-being and mood, according to a new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by the ”la Caixa” Foundation.

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