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Arctic Clouds Highly Sensitive to Air Pollution

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A study from University of Utah atmospheric scientist Tim Garrett and colleagues finds that the air in the Arctic is extraordinarily sensitive to air pollution, and that particulate matter may spur Arctic cloud formation. These clouds, Garrett writes, can act as a blanket, further warming an already-changing Arctic.

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New Desalination Method Offers Low Energy Alternative to Purify Salty Water

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Providing safer drinking water to those in need may be a little easier. According to Penn State researchers, a new desalination technique is able to remove salt from water using less energy than previous methods.

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Energy, Clean Coal, Fossil Fuel

A Fossil Fuel Technology That Doesn’t Pollute

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Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

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Midshipman, toadfish, mating behavior, Physiology, Animal Sounds

Study Reveals How the Midshipman Fish Sustains Its Hour-Long Mating Call

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered how the Pacific midshipman fish can hum continuously for up to an hour in order to attract potential mates. The study, which is featured on the cover of the January 2018 issue of the Journal of General Physiology, explains how the muscle fibers surrounding the fish’s swimbladder can sustain the high rates of contraction—up to 100 times per second—that are needed to produce the animal’s distinctive call.

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risk, Risk Analysis, Risk Assessment, pantheon, occupational health and safety, Occupational Health, Economic, Insurance, Economic Risk, Enviroment, Toxicology, Environmental Toxicology, Technology, Reproductive Health

Society for Risk Analysis Inducts Five Individuals to the Pantheon of Risk Analysis

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) announced its 2017 inductees to the Pantheon of Risk Analysis at its Annual Meeting, Dec. 10-14, in Arlington, Virginia, USA. The Pantheon recognizes luminaries and visionaries in risk analysis and illustrates how risk analysis contributes to the advance of knowledge and public good.

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Researchers Discover Higher Environmental Impact From Cookstove Emissions

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Millions of Asian families use cookstoves and often fuel them with cheap biofuels to prepare food. But the smoke emitted from these cookstoves has a definite, detrimental environmental impact, particularly in India. New research from Washington University in St. Louis offers a clearer picture of the topic’s true scope.

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Forage, Grazing, soil health

What Are the Benefits of Growing Multiple Types of Forage Grasses for Grazing Animals?

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Grazing animals, such as cattle and sheep, should eat their legumes and brassicas. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) January 1 Soils Matter blog post explains how a variety of forage grasses benefits these animals as well as the soil and environment.

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Saving the Planet One Dollar at A Time

The NGO – This is MY Earth – Continues to Purchase Habitat that is Home to Endangered Species: This time – 7,000 dunams of wild rainforest in the Amazon Among species facing local extinction – The Spectacled Bear, White Fronted Monkey and Jaguar

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Science Writing, science storytelling, science art

Science, Storytelling, and Art Collide in San Francisco! Scientists and Artists From the Entertainment Industry Will Lead a Symposium on Communicating Science Through Narrative on January 5

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Scientists and artists will gather in San Francisco to discuss ways of engaging broad audiences with science using narrative, through a special symposium, a workshop, and a story booth at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, on January 5, 2018.







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