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Poorly circulated room air raises potential exposure to contaminants by up to six times

Having good room ventilation to dilute and disperse indoor air pollutants has long been recognized, and with the COVID-19 pandemic its importance has become...

Genetic regulation of blood cells: Proximity of a gene to a genetic change...

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Winged microchip is smallest-ever human-made flying structure

By studying the aerodynamics of wind-dispersed seeds, researcher developed a flying microchip (or 'microflier') that catches the wind and passively flies through the air....

Functioning of terrestrial ecosystems is governed by three main factors

A large international research team has identified three key indicators that together summarize the integrative function of terrestrial ecosystems: 1. the capacity to maximize...

Global cancer risk from burning organic matter comes from unregulated chemicals

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Maritime rope could be adding billions of microplastics to the ocean every year

A new study has explored the potential for rope to become a source of microplastic pollution in the marine environment.

Scientists ID sterol essential for oil accumulation in plants

Scientists seeking to unravel the details of how plants produce and accumulate oil have identified a new essential component of the assembly line. They...

Infants have more microplastics in their feces than adults

Microplastics -- tiny plastic pieces less than 5 mm in size -- are everywhere, from indoor dust to food to bottled water. So it's...

River research reveals scale of macroplastic pollution

Plastic pollution clogs river systems for considerably longer than previously thought, new research shows.

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