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New work reconciles divergent methods used to analyze the scaling behavior of cities.

As groundwater depletes, arid American West is moving east

Loss of groundwater may accelerate drying trends in the eastern United States, according to research that applied supercomputing to create an in-depth model of...

New potential cause of Minamata mercury poisoning identified

One of the world's most horrific environmental disasters -- the 1950 and 60s mercury poisoning in Minamata, Japan -- may have been caused by...

Role of the largest of all animal brain cells: Very tough and essential for...

The brains of most fish and amphibian species contain a pair of conspicuously large nerve cells. These are the largest cells found in any...

Computer-based weather forecast: New algorithm outperforms mainframe computer systems

The exponential growth in computer processing power seen over the past 60 years may soon come to a halt. Complex systems such as those...

Nitrogen-fixing trees help tropical forests grow faster and store more carbon

New research shows that the ability of tropical forests to lock up carbon depends critically upon a group of trees that possess a unique...

Reconnecting with nature key for the health of people and the planet

Researchers are the first to investigate -- within a single study -- the contribution of both nature contact and connection to human health, well-being...

New process for preserving lumber could offer advantages over pressure treating

Researchers have developed a new method that could one day replace conventional pressure treating as a way to make lumber not only fungal-resistant but...

Harnessing the sun to bring fresh water to remote or disaster-struck communities

Researchers have developed a revolutionary desalination process that has the potential to be operated in mobile, solar-powered units.

Answers to microbiome mysteries in the gills of rainbow trout

In trout, researchers have discovered that a particular type of primitive antibody is essential for fighting microbes that cause disease while preserving others that...

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