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Soil Communities Threatened by Destruction, Instability of Amazon Forests

May 25, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

The clearing and subsequent instability of Amazonian forests are among the greatest threats to tropical biodiversity conservation today.

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Measuring Methane From Coal and Gas in Pennsylvania Informative

May 24, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

While methane pollution caused by natural gas production in Pennsylvania is underestimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, natural gas still has half the carbon footprint of underground coal mining, according to an international team of researchers.

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Gas vs. Electric? Fuel Choice Affects Efforts to Achieve Low-Energy and Low-Impact Homes

May 24, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

If you want to make your home as energy-efficient and green as possible, should you use gas or electric for your heating and cooling needs? Gas is the more eco-friendly option--for now--for an energy-efficient home in Maryland.

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New Studies Increase Confidence in NASA's Measure of Earth's Temperature

May 24, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

A new assessment of NASA's record of global temperatures revealed that the agency's estimate of Earth's long-term temperature rise in recent decades is accurate to within less than a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit, providing confidence that past and future research is correctly capturing rising surface temperatures.

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Oldest Meteorite Collection on Earth Found in One of the Driest Places

May 23, 2019 02:16 PM EDT

Boulder, Colo., USA: Earth is bombarded every year by rocky debris, but the rate of incoming meteorites can change over time. Finding enough meteorites scattered on the planet's surface can be challenging, especially if you are interested in reconstructing how frequently they land. Now, researchers have uncovered a wealth of well-preserved meteorites that allowed them to reconstruct the rate of falling meteorites over the past two million years.

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The Age of Water

May 23, 2019 01:23 PM EDT

Most of the water used by people in Egypt comes from the Nile River, which originates from precipitation over mountainous areas in the Ethiopian highlands. In areas far from the Nile River Valley, however, where water is scarce and the population is growing, groundwater is the only available freshwater resource.

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Wolf-dog 'Swarms' Threaten Europe's Wolves

May 23, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

"Swarms" of wolf-dog crossbreeds could drive Europe's wolves out of existence, according to the lead author of new research.

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Subtropical Storm Andrea Jumps the Gun as the First Storm of 2019 Atlantic Season

May 22, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

Andrea becomes the first subtropical storm for the 2019 season although we are two weeks short of the official start date of June 1. This storm was first spotted on Monday, May 20, 2019, forming over the western Atlantic.

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Eastern Forests Shaped More by Native Americans' Burning than Climate Change

May 22, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change

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CBD Clinical Trial Results on Seizure Frequency in Dogs 'Encouraging'

May 22, 2019 09:59 AM EDT

Promising and exciting. Those are the words used by Dr. Stephanie McGrath to describe findings from a pilot study to assess the use of cannabidiol, or CBD, for dogs with epilepsy.

Car Power Inverter: What You Need To Know

May 21, 2019 01:53 PM EDT

There is virtually no use for your car if you cannot perform basic tasks like charging phones or plugging any consumer electronics to it. Even though most cars are designed to act as DC output, there are many ways by which consumer electronics that are mostly designed as AC output can work with the car, according to a producer of car power inverter that doesn't wish to be mentioned.

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Crime Fighting Just Got Easier as Burglars Reveal All

May 20, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

The expertise of experienced burglars puts them streets ahead of householders, and even well ahead of other criminals, according to a new study.

Growth in life expectancy in Australia slows

Growth in Life Expectancy in Australia Slows, Research Finds

May 20, 2019 09:57 AM EDT

After 20 years of rapid increases in life expectancy at birth, the rate of growth in Australia is now falling behind most other high-income nations, meaning better control of health risk factors such as obesity will be needed if further life expectancy increases are to be achieved, research shows.

Economists find net benefit in soda tax

Economists Find Net Benefit in Soda Tax

May 20, 2019 09:13 AM EDT

A team of economists has concluded that soda taxes serve as a "net good," an assessment based on an analysis of health benefits and consumer behavior. The work, which sees advantages similar to those of long-standing cigarette taxes, also offers policy parameters that it views as more effective than many existing soda taxes.

Human Capital Benefits of Military Boost Economy

Human Capital Benefits of Military Boost Economy by Billions

May 18, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that U.S. government spending on military personnel has a positive impact on the nation's human capital - essentially improving the American workforce. Using a new computer model, the study estimates the economic impact of this human capital improvement to be $89.8 billion for 2019 alone.

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