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Surge in nitrogen has turned sargassum into the world’s largest harmful algal bloom

For centuries, pelagic Sargassum, floating brown seaweed, have grown in low nutrient waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, supported by natural nutrient sources like excretions from fishes and invertebrates, upwelling and nitrogen fixation. Using a unique historical baseline from the 1980s and comparing it to samples collected since 2010, researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Flushing a public toilet? Don’t linger, because aerosolized droplets do

April 20, 2021 – Flushing a toilet can generate large quantities of microbe-containing aerosols depending on the design, water pressure or flushing power of the toilet. A variety of pathogens are usually found in stagnant water as well as in urine, feces and vomit. When dispersed widely through aerosolization, these pathogens can cause Ebola, norovirus […]

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Like humans, beluga whales form social networks beyond family ties

July 13, 2020 – A groundbreaking study using molecular genetic techniques and field studies brings together decades of research into the complex relationships among beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) that spans 10 locations across the Arctic from Alaska to Canada and Russia to Norway. The behavior of these highly gregarious whales, which include sophisticated vocal repertoires, […]

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Study Shows Alarming Increases of Firearm Deaths in U.S. School-age Children

March 12, 2019 – Firearm-related deaths in school-age children are increasing at alarming rates in the United States where homicide rates are about 6- to 9-fold higher than those in comparably developed countries. This epidemic poses increasingly major clinical, public health and policy challenges. A study led by researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College […]

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Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s dramatic effect on stingrays’ sensory abilities

Elasmobranchs like the Atlantic Stingray are renowned for their well-developed sensory systems, which are critical to alert them of the presence of predators, prey, mates, and unfavorable environmental conditions. (Photo credit: Stephen M. Kajiura, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University) November 13, 2018 – It has been almost a decade since the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill. Described […]

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Lack of paid sick leave increases medical care costs, use of welfare and poverty

May 25, 2018 – Research conducted by Florida Atlantic University and Cleveland State University has, for the first time, quantified the relationship between the lack of paid sick leave and poverty in the United States. The data indicates that, even when controlling for education, race, sex, marital status and employment, working adults without paid sick […]

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