Thursday, June 20, 2019 Headlines & Global News


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New Evidence Shows Rapid response in the West Greenland landscape to Arctic Climate Shifts

Jun 19, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

New evidence shows that Arctic ecosystems undergo rapid, strong and pervasive environmental changes in response to climate shifts, even those of moderate magnitude, according to an international research team led by the University of Maine.

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New Study Shows Gender Pay Gap is Still Issue for Airline Staff

Jun 18, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

High-flying careers in the airline industry don't mean sky-high salaries for women, according to new research by Swansea University.

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What Drives Yellowstone's Massive Elk Migrations?

Jun 14, 2019 04:06 PM EDT

Every spring, tens of thousands of elk follow a wave of green growth up onto the high plateaus in and around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, where they spend the summer calving and fattening on fresh grass. And every fall, the massive herds migrate back down into the surrounding valleys and plains, where lower elevations provide respite from harsh winters.

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The Challenges of North American Specialty Cut Flowers

Jun 14, 2019 04:03 PM EDT

Across the United States and Canada, demand for local specialty cut flowers is increasing, and production has correspondingly jumped. To accurately assess the needs of the industry, John Dole, Cristian Loyola, and Rebecca Dunning electronically surveyed 1098 cut flower producers and handlers regarding their current cut flower production and postharvest problems and customer issues.

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NASA Explores Our Changing Freshwater World

Jun 12, 2019 04:19 PM EDT

Catastrophic flooding in the U.S. Midwest this spring has caused billions of dollars in damage and wreaked havoc with crops after rain tipped off a mass melting of snow. Seven years of California drought so debilitating that it led to water rationing came to a close after a wet and snowy winter capped off several years of slow rebound and replenished the vital mountain snowpack.

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Why Fears Over Smartphone 'Addiction' are Based on Flawed Evidence

Jun 12, 2019 04:01 PM EDT

Most studies into the impact of technology use on psychological wellbeing rely on flawed measures say, researchers. Surveys are often used to understand how people use their smartphone, but these are poorly related to actual smartphone use when measured with an app.

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Electric Electric Vehicles Would be a Breath of Fresh Air for Houston

Jun 11, 2019 02:34 PM EDT

ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell University researchers are expressing hope for the future of Houston's breathable air, despite the city's poor rankings in the American Lung Association's 2019 "State of the Air" report.

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NASA Takes Tropical Cyclone's Vayu's Temperature

Jun 11, 2019 02:29 PM EDT

NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Northern Indian Ocean and took the temperature of Tropical Cyclone Vayu as it moved northward in the Arabian Sea. NASA found the storm intensifying/ Warnings are now in effect for India's Gujarat coast.

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The Hidden Secrets of Creating a Viral YouTube Ad

Jun 08, 2019 04:33 PM EDT

Researchers from the University of Southern California, University of Houston, and Uber Technologies, Inc. published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing, which finds that in order to create viral ads, brands should arouse strong emotion, place brand mentions at the end of the video, keep ads to a moderate length of 1.0 to 1.5 minutes, and use authentic characters.

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Extreme Heat to Hit One Third of the African Urban Population

Jun 05, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

Climate change, population growth, and urbanization are instrumental in increasing exposure to extreme temperatures. Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, - in collaboration with the University of Twente (Netherlands) and the EU Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy) - assessed a range of possible scenarios regarding the rate of climate change and socio-economic development in 173 African cities for the years 2030, 2060 and 2090.

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US Struggles to Keep Up as Hemp Industry Grows

Jun 05, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

U.S. hemp production is soaring, but government oversight hasn't kept up, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. The industry is scrambling to find common ground between states, which each have a different set of rules for hemp growers and processors.

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Evidence of Multiple Unmonitored Coal Ash Spills Found in N.C. Lake

Jun 03, 2019 08:22 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. -- Coal ash solids found in sediments collected from Sutton Lake in 2015 and 2018 suggest the eastern North Carolina lake has been contaminated by multiple coal ash spills, most of them apparently unmonitored and unreported until now.

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NASA Sees Strong Storms in Developing Gulf System 91L

Jun 03, 2019 08:18 PM EDT

NASA's Aqua satellite used infrared light to analyze the strength of storms in the developing low pressure area designated as System 91L is it moved through the Gulf of Campeche just north of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

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Community Impacts From Extreme Weather Shape Climate Beliefs

Jun 01, 2019 04:58 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. - Recent studies have suggested that people who experience the impacts of hurricanes, catastrophic flooding or other severe weather events are more likely to believe in, and be concerned about, climate change in the wake of the disaster.

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Raw or cooked: This is How We Recognise Food

Jun 01, 2019 04:48 PM EDT

Do we see a pear or an apple? The occipital cortex in our brain will activate itself to recognize it. A piece of bread or a nice plate of pasta with sauce? Another region will come into play, called middle temporal gyrus. Different regions are implicated in recognition of different foods, raw in one case and processed in the other, because of two components of the so-called "semantic memory", the one that we always use to recognize the world around us, are involved.

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