Mapping the microbiome of … everything

In the Earth Microbiome Project, an extensive global team has collected more than 27,000 samples from numerous, diverse environments around the globe. They analyzed...

Intensifying winds could increase east Antarctica’s contribution to sea level rise

Totten Glacier, the largest glacier in East Antarctica, is being melted from below by warm water that reaches the ice when winds over the...

A nutrient mix makes phytoplankton thrive

Unicellular photosynthetic microbes -- phytoplankton -- play a fundamental role in the global carbon cycle and fuel marine food webs. Globally, phytoplankton productivity is...

Improving public safety in face of extreme weather and disasters

Our ability to observe and predict severe weather events and other disasters has improved markedly over recent decades, yet this progress does not always...

Are elevated levels of mercury in the river birds due to run-of-river dams?

A new study used American dippers to determine if run-of-river dams altered food webs and mercury levels at 13 stream sites in British Columbia.

Hacking evolution, screening technique may improve most widespread enzyme

Plants evolved over millions of years into an environment that has dramatically changed in the last 150 years since the Industrial Revolution began. While...

Fisheries given a solution to overharvesting

Many commercial fisheries are threatened by overharvesting. However, they can't address the problem because of inadequate scientific information, from overall population numbers to data...

Feral animals pose major threat to Outback, climate change study finds

A study of changing rainfall and wildfire patterns over 22 years in Australia's Simpson Desert has found - in addition to a likely climate-induced...

The fingerprints of coastal carbon sinks

A new study highlights a technique that could be used to accurately measure levels of soil carbon in coastal carbon sinks, such as mangrove...

Revolutionizing nuclear waste reprocessing and saving money

Seeking a better way to capture radioactive iodides in spent nuclear reactor fuel, scientists have developed an extremely efficient 'molecular trap' that can be...

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