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Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger

Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Aerosols in the atmosphere from Asia change weather in North America, says new study.Aerosols in the atmosphere from Asia change weather in North America, says new study.
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Ozone levels drop 20 percent with switch from ethanol to gasoline

Ozone levels drop 20 percent with switch from ethanol to gasoline | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
When fuel prices drove residents of São Paulo, Brazil, to mostly switch from ethanol to gasoline in their flexible-fuel vehicles, local ozone levels dropped 20 percent. At the same time, nitric oxide and carbon monoxide concentrations tended to go up. The four-year study by an economist and a chemist is the first real-world trial looking at the effects of human behavior at the pump on urban air pollution.
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Drunken Trees: Dramatic Signs of Climate Change

Drunken Trees: Dramatic Signs of Climate Change | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
As the permafrost melts in the north, forests no longer grow straight.
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There's something ancient in the icebox: Three-million-year-old landscape beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

There's something ancient in the icebox: Three-million-year-old landscape beneath Greenland Ice Sheet | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Scientists were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below two miles of ice. This finding provides strong evidence that the ice sheet has persisted much longer than previously known, enduring through many past periods of global warming.
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Most comprehensive wiring diagram of the mammalian brain to date

Most comprehensive wiring diagram of the mammalian brain to date | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Researchers have published the first comprehensive, large-scale data set on how the brain of a mammal is wired, providing a groundbreaking data resource and fresh insights into how the nervous system processes information. Their landmark paper describes the publicly available Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas and demonstrates the exciting knowledge that can be gleaned from this valuable resource.
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Organic farms support more species, researchers find

Organic farms support more species, researchers find | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
On average, organic farms support 34 percent more plant, insect and animal species than conventional farms, say scientists. Researchers looked at data going back 30 years and found that this effect has remained stable over time and shows no signs of decreasing.
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Dramatic thinning of Arctic lake ice cuts winter ice season by 24 days compared to 1950

Dramatic thinning of Arctic lake ice cuts winter ice season by 24 days compared to 1950 | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Arctic lakes have been freezing up later in the year and thawing earlier, creating a winter ice season about 24 days shorter than it was in 1950, a new study has found.
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Megafloods: What they leave behind

Megafloods: What they leave behind | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
South-central Idaho and the surface of Mars have an interesting geological feature in common: amphitheater-headed canyons. Researchers offer a plausible account that all these canyons were created by enormous floods.
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Novel technology reveals aerodynamics of migrating birds flying in a V-formation

Novel technology reveals aerodynamics of migrating birds flying in a V-formation | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Researchers using custom-built GPS and accelerometer loggers attached to free-flying birds on migration, have gained ground-breaking insights into the mysteries of bird flight formation.
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Amber fossil reveals ancient reproduction in flowering plants

Amber fossil reveals ancient reproduction in flowering plants | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
A 100-million-year old piece of amber has been discovered which reveals the oldest evidence of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant -- a cluster of 18 tiny flowers from the Cretaceous Period -- with one of them in the process of making some new...
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Repurposed Private Parts: 5 Unexpected Ways Animals Use Their Genitals

Repurposed Private Parts: 5 Unexpected Ways Animals Use Their Genitals | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
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Poland Hosts Climate Talks, While Boosting Coal Industry

Poland Hosts Climate Talks, While Boosting Coal Industry | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Poland is playing simultaneous host to international climate talks and a coal industry summit. The move underscores the fossil fuel challenge for climate negotiators.
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Coral reefs provide potent new anti-HIV proteins

Coral reefs provide potent new anti-HIV proteins | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
A new class of proteins capable of blocking the HIV virus from penetrating T-cells has been discovered. The proteins, found in a coral from Australia's northern coast, could be well-suited for use in gels or sexual lubricants to provide a potent barrier against HIV infection, potentially filling a pressing need for a female-applied anti-HIV microbicide that doesn't rely on a man's willingness to use a condom.
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Javier Magallanes's curator insight, September 22, 2015 4:59 AM

"Coral reefs provide potent new anti-HIV proteins" an article by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology tells about how researchers have discovered a new class of proteins capable of blocking the HIV virus from penetrating T-cells. Also, how scientist plan on creating a gel for women to protect themselves from HIV. I choose this article because I thought it was amazing how women can now protect themselves without having to rely on a man to use a condom. I felt like its another way for women to be in control of their lives. This is a credible source because its from the   American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. We know they are credible because they have been know to have peer reviewed and published scholarly articles.  

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Urban river pollutants suppress wild bird development

Urban river pollutants suppress wild bird development | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Hormone disrupting pollutants are affecting the health and development of wild birds nesting along the urban rivers of South Wales, new research shows. Findings reveal that chicks of the Eurasian Dipper -- a river bird that feeds exclusively on insects and fish in upland streams -- are underweight compared to their rural counterparts. Also of concern is that birds nesting in urban rivers have altered hormone levels, and are hatching fewer female chicks than those nesting along rural rivers, which could have negative implications for the population’s breeding and survival.
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Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter northern forests in 50 years

Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter northern forests in 50 years | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter forest conditions and management needs in the Northern United States have been outlined in a new report. "The northern quadrant of the United States includes 172 million acres of forest land and 124 million people," said one researcher. This report "is helping identify the individual and collective steps needed to ensure healthy and resilient futures for trees and people alike."
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The story of animal domestication retold: Scientists now think wild animals interbred with domesticated ones until quite recently

The story of animal domestication retold: Scientists now think wild animals interbred with domesticated ones until quite recently | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
A review of recent research on the domestication of large herbivores suggests that neither intentional breeding nor genetic isolation were as significant as traditionally thought. "Our findings show little control of breeding, particularly of domestic females, and indicate long-term gene flow, or interbreeding, between managed and wild animal populations," a co-author said.
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Ancient whodunit may be solved: Methane-producing microbes did it!

Ancient whodunit may be solved: Methane-producing microbes did it! | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Methane-producing microbes may be responsible for the largest mass extinction in Earth's history. Fossil remains show that sometime around 252 million years ago, about 90 percent of all species on Earth were suddenly wiped out -- by far the largest of this planet's five known mass extinctions. It turns out that Methanosarcina had acquired a particularly fast means of making methane, and the team's detailed mapping of the organism's history now shows that this transfer happened at about the time of the end-Permian extinction.
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Who pressed the pause button?

Who pressed the pause button? | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
BETWEEN 1998 and 2013, the Earth’s surface temperature rose at a rate of 0.04°C a decade, far slower than the 0.18°C increase in the 1990s. Meanwhile, emissions...
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'Severe reduction' in killer whale numbers during last Ice Age

'Severe reduction' in killer whale numbers during last Ice Age | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Whole genome sequencing has revealed a global fall in the numbers of killer whales during the last Ice Age, at a time when ocean productivity may have been widely reduced, according to researchers.
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Tropical forests not as untouched as often thought

Tropical forests not as untouched as often thought | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Tropical forests may not be the ancient, unspoilt ecosystems we have always assumed them to be. This notion needs to be revised, write Wageningen University researchers in the January issue of the scientific journal Forest Ecology and Management.
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Genomes of modern dogs and wolves provide new insights on domestication

Genomes of modern dogs and wolves provide new insights on domestication | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Dogs and wolves evolved from a common ancestor between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago, before humans transitioned to agricultural societies, according to an analysis of modern dog and wolf genomes from areas of the world thought to be centers of dog...
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Chimps can use gestures to communicate in hunt for food

Chimps can use gestures to communicate in hunt for food | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Chimpanzees are capable of using gestures to communicate as they pursue specific goals, such as finding a hidden piece of food, according to a new study.
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Solution to cloud riddle reveals hotter future: Global temperatures to rise at least 4 degrees C by 2100

Solution to cloud riddle reveals hotter future: Global temperatures to rise at least 4 degrees C by 2100 | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Global average temperatures will rise at least 4 degrees Celsius by 2100 and potentially more than 8 degrees C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced, according to new research that shows our climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide...
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The origin of flowers: DNA of storied plant provides insight into the evolution of flowering plants

The origin of flowers: DNA of storied plant provides insight into the evolution of flowering plants | Nature enviroment and life. | Scoop.it
Biologists have sequenced the genome of the Amborella plant. The genome sequence sheds new light on a major event in the history of life on Earth: the origin of flowering plants, including all major food crop species.
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