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Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities. A new report sheds light on the many effects of...

Extensive ice cap once covered sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia

The sub-antarctic island of South Georgia -- famous for its wildlife -- was covered by a massive ice cap during the last ice age,...

Big bat find in Alberta’s boreal forest

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The carbon dioxide loop

Marine biologists quantify the carbon consumption of bacterioplankton to better understand the ocean carbon cycle.

Hawaiian biodiversity has been declining for millions of years

DNA analysis led some biologists to conclude that evolutionary diversification in Hawaii has yet to peak, but a new analysis shows the opposite: biodiversity...

Water conservation messaging effectiveness during California’s ongoing drought

The results of a state-wide study on the communication campaigns California has been employing to address its ongoing drought. The study looked at current...

Earth’s first example of recycling — its own crust!

Rock samples from northeastern Canada retain chemical signals that help explain what Earth's crust was like more than 4 billion years ago.

Is spring getting longer? Lengthening ‘vernal window’

When spring arrives, temperatures begin to rise, ice is melts, and the world around us starts to blossom. Scientists sometimes refer to this transition...

Preventing lead spread

While lead pipes were banned decades ago, they still supply millions of American households with water each day. A team of engineers has developed...

Mating mix-up with wrong fly lowers libido for Mr. Right

If you've ever suffered a nightmare date and were hesitant to try again, fruit flies can relate. Female flies that have been coerced into...

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