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December 11, 2018

Degrading Permafrost Puts Arctic Infrastructure at Risk by Mid-Century

Dec. 11, 2018 — Seventy percent of the current infrastructure in the Arctic has a high potential to be affected by thawing permafrost in the next 30 years. Even meeting the climate change targets of the Paris ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — The effects of a supernova -- and possibly more than one -- on large ocean life like school-bus-sized Megalodon 2.6 million years ago are detailed in a new ... read more

Possible Connection Between Cardiovascular Disease and Living Near Oil and Gas Wells

Dec. 11, 2018 — Researchers have found a possible connection between the intensity of oil and gas exploration in an area and early indicators of cardiovascular disease among nearby ... read more

Neighborhood Affects the Healthiness of Dietary Choices

Dec. 11, 2018 — A new study shows that living or moving to a neighborhood with a higher socioeconomic status is clearly associated with better adherence to dietary recommendations. Researchers studied the connection ... read more

Study Links Frequent Red Meat Consumption to High Levels of Chemical Associated With Heart Disease

Dec. 11, 2018 — Researchers have identified another reason to limit red meat consumption: high levels of a gut-generated chemical called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), that also is linked to heart disease. ... read more

Human Antibody Discovery Could Save Lives from Fungal Killer

Dec. 11, 2018 — A new way to diagnose, treat and protect against stealth fungal infections that claim more than 1.5 million lives per year worldwide has been moved a step ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — Human norovirus is a major cause of infections that can be particularly dangerous to children and elderly people. Here, a research team found that human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Animals are much better at smelling a complex 'soup' of odorants rather than a single pure ingredient, a new study has ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — The ammonia oxidizing archaea, or Thaumarchaeota, are amongst the most abundant marine microorganisms. Yet, we are still discovering which factors allow them to thrive in the ocean: A new publication ... read more

Providers Show Interest in Prescribing Therapeutic Cannabinoids

Dec. 10, 2018 — Researchers have found many dermatologists are interested in learning more about and recommending therapeutic cannabinoids to their ... read more

Females Prefer City Frogs' Tunes

Dec. 10, 2018 — Urban sophistication has real sex appeal -- at least if you're a Central American amphibian. Male frogs in cities are more attractive to females than their forest-frog counterparts, according to ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Researchers have found unprecedentedly high levels of nitrate, an essential plant nutrient, in streams and watersheds of Puerto Rico for a year after two consecutive major hurricanes in 2017. This ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — What happens when lava and water meet? Explosive experiments with humanmade lava are helping to answer this important question. This long-term, ongoing study aims to shed light on the basic physics ... read more

New Light on Blocking Shiga and Ricin Toxins -- And on an Iconic Biological Process

Dec. 10, 2018 — Researchers, setting their sights on Shiga toxin (player in the current E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce) and ricin (a bioterrorism agent), have now identified potential protective strategies. ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Two new research efforts delve into Hurricane Maria's far-reaching effects on the island's forests and on its residents' energy and electricity ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Iridescence is responsible for some of the most striking visual displays in the animal kingdom. Now, thanks to a new study of feathers from almost 100 modern bird species, scientists have gained new ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Researchers have developed a biotechnological tool to produce, in a very efficient manner, antifungal proteins in the leaves of the plant Nicotiana benthamiana. These proteins are promising ... read more

Ozone Depletion Increases Antarctic Snowfall, Partially Mitigates Ice Sheet Loss

Dec. 10, 2018 — Ozone layer depletion has increased snowfall over Antarctica in recent decades, partially mitigating the ongoing loss of the continent's ice sheet mass, new research ... read more

The Fauna in the Antarctica Is Threatened by Pathogens Humans Spread in Polar Latitudes

Dec. 10, 2018 — The fauna in the Antarctica could be in danger due the pathogens humans spread in places and research stations in the southern ... read more

Proteins for Making Tough Rubber

Dec. 10, 2018 — Inspired by nature, scientists have produced a synthetic analogue to vulcanized natural rubber. Their material is just as tough and durable as the original. They reveal the secret to their success: ... read more

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