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How Will Climate Change Stress the Power Grid? Hint: Look At Dew Point Temperatures

A new study suggests the power industry is underestimating how climate change could affect the long-term demand for electricity in the United States.

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Satellite Sees Short-lived Tropical Cyclone Kirk

Tropical Storm Kirk formed on Saturday, Sept. 22. By Monday, Sept. 24, Kirk lacked the closed circulation that is a prerequisite for tropical cyclone status.  The NOAA-20 satellite provided a visible image of the storm at its peak.

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National Parks Hit Harder By Climate Change Than Rest of the U.S.

America’s national parks are warming up and drying out much faster than the rest of the United States, according to a new study on the impacts of climate change on U.S. parks published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The changing conditions are threatening protected ecosystems from the Everglades in Florida to Denali National Park in Alaska.

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Ready-To-Use Recipe for Turning Plant Waste Into Gasoline

Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven already knew how to make gasoline in the laboratory from plant waste such as sawdust. Now the researchers have developed a roadmap, as it were, for industrial cellulose gasoline.

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Mosquitoes That Can Carry Malaria Eliminated in Lab Experiments

The team from Imperial College London were able to crash caged populations of the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles gambiae in only 7-11 generations.

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Burst of Morning Gene Activity Tells Plants When to Flower

For angiosperms — or flowering plants — one of the most important decisions facing them each year is when to flower. It is no trivial undertaking. To flower, they must cease vegetative growth and commit to making those energetically expensive reproductive structures that will bring about the next generation.

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Ancient Mars Had Right Conditions for Underground Life, New Research Suggests

A new study shows evidence that ancient Mars probably had an ample supply of chemical energy for microbes to thrive underground.

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A Fracture Anywhere Reduces Bone Density Everywhere

Breaking a bone causes bone density losses throughout the body, not just close to the site of the fracture, and primarily around the time of the fracture, two new studies from UC Davis Health show.

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Weight Loss Can be Boosted Fivefold Thanks to Novel Mental Imagery Technique, Research Shows

Overweight people who used a new motivational intervention called Functional Imagery Training (FIT) lost an average of five times more weight than those using talking therapy alone, shows new research published today by the University of Plymouth and Queensland University of Technology. 

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The Taller You Are, the More Likely You May Develop Varicose Veins

A person’s height and certain genes that predict height are associated with varicose veins and may provide clues about what causes this condition and ways to prevent and treat it, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. 

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