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June 28, 2022

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Genome of Voracious Desert Locust Sequenced

The first high-quality genome of the desert locust -- those voracious feeders of plague and devastation infamy and the most destructive migratory insect in the world -- has been produced. The genome ...

Climate Damage Caused by Growing Space Tourism Needs Urgent Mitigation

A formidable space tourism industry may have a greater climate effect than the aviation industry and undo repair to the protective ozone layer if left unregulated, according to a new ...

Tiny Fish-Shaped Robot 'Swims' Around Picking Up Microplastics

Microplastics are found nearly everywhere on Earth and can be harmful to animals if they're ingested. But it's hard to remove such tiny particles from the environment, especially once they settle ...

Scientists Decontaminate Heavy Metal Water Using Protein from Plant Waste

Scientists have created a membrane made from a waste by-product of vegetable oil manufacturing, which can filter out heavy metals from contaminated water. In tests, they showed that this process of ...
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Chemicals in Fairbanks Winter Air

A chemical compound discovered in 2019 in Fairbanks' wintertime air accounts for a significant portion of the community's fine particulate pollution, according to new research that seeks ...

Microplastic Pollution in Montana's Flathead Lake

Scientists have a greater understanding of the amount of microplastics polluting Flathead Lake, the likely sources of these microplastics and what can be done to prevent more from finding their way ...

Default Options Facilitate Faster Carbon Offsetting in Air Travel

Economists find that many air travelers more readily choose faster, but more expensive carbon offsetting options online if selecting a slower option requires action. However, the readiness to do so ...

No 'Safest Spot' to Minimize Risk of COVID-19 Transmission on Trains

Researchers have demonstrated how airborne diseases such as COVID-19 spread along the length of a train carriage and found that there is no 'safest spot' for passengers to minimise the risk ...

2021 Heat Wave Created 'Perfect Storm' for Shellfish Die-Off

It's hard to forget the excruciating heat that blanketed the Pacific Northwest in late June 2021. Temperatures in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia soared to well above 100 degrees ...

Agriculture Emissions Pose Risks to Health and Climate

Environmental engineers determine the economic cost of reactive nitrogen emissions from agriculture, and their significant risks to populations through air pollution and climate ...

Forest to Pasture: Keeping Trees Could Reduce Climate Consequences

Researchers studied a practice known as silvopasture which intentionally preserves trees in pastures where livestock graze. They found that compared to a completely cleared, tree-less, open pasture, ...

Sharks May Be Closer to the City Than You Think, New Study Finds

The world's coastlines are rapidly urbanizing, but how this increased human presence may impact species living in the ocean is not fully understood. Scientists tracked the movements of three ...

Humans Responsible for Over 90% of World's Oil Slicks

Scientists mapping oil pollution across the Earth's oceans have found that more than 90% of chronic oil slicks come from human sources, a much higher proportion than previously ...

Research Extends the Lifetime of Molecules in Organic Flow Batteries to Practical Values

Researchers have developed a new method to dramatically extend the lifetime of organic aqueous flow batteries, improving the commercial viability of a technology that has the potential to safely and ...

Wildfire Smoke Exposure Negatively Impacts Dairy Cow Health

Increasing frequency and size of wildfires in the United States over the past several decades affect everything from human life and health to air quality, biodiversity, and land use. The US dairy ...

Global Warming Is Threatening the Health of People in Britain

Heatwaves are making more people in rural areas of England severely ill today than they were in the 1980s, according to new ...

Giving Metal to Microbes Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas

Collaborative research finds a lack of available metals may be responsible for more nitrous oxide than previously ...

Co-Existing Mangrove-Coral Habitats Have a New Global Classification System

By coexisting more closely with mangroves, tropical coral species may have found an alternative habitat where they can thrive in the face of climate ...

Preadolescents Exposed to High Levels of Air Pollution in Their First Years of Life Display Changes in Brain Connectivity

Higher exposure to air pollution is associated with higher functional brain connectivity among several brain regions in preadolescents, while exposure to traffic noise was not, according to a study. ...

Inadequate Charging Networks Could Thwart EV Adoption Goals

Encouraging the large-scale adoption of EVs is seen by many governments as a key pillar of efforts to build a carbon-neutral economy. But failing to properly plan a resilient network of charging ...

Could Used Beer Yeast Be the Solution to Heavy Metal Contamination in Water?

A new study finds inactive yeast could be effective as an inexpensive, abundant, and simple material for removing lead contamination from drinking water supplies. The approach should be efficient and ...

How Much Spring Nitrogen to Apply? Pre-Planting Weather May Provide a Clue

With the rising cost of nitrogen fertilizer and its impacts on air and water quality, researchers want to help farmers make more informed fertilizer rate decisions. Their latest modeling effort aims ...

Scientists Provide Explanation for Exceptional Tonga Tsunami

Scientists say they have identified the exact mechanism responsible for the exceptional tsunami that spread quickly across the world after the colossal eruption of the Tonga volcano earlier this ...

Forever Chemicals Linked to Hypertension in Middle-Aged Women

In a large, prospective study, the levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are common human-made chemicals found in water, soil, air and food, were associated with an increased ...

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