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Posted inCalifornia

Past fires may hold key to reducing severity of future wildfires in western US

Previous fires may hold the key to predicting and reducing the severity of future wildfires in the western United States as fire activity continues to increase, according to researchers from Penn State and the U.S. Forest Service. “We have a good understanding of how fire used to interact with dry, forested landscapes before we implemented […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Political ‘oil spill’: Polarization is growing stronger in the U.S. — and getting stickier

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. June 10, 2020 — Experts have documented that political polarization is intensifying in the United States. However, a Penn State sociologist now suggests that this separation isn’t just more intense, but it is also growing broader, coagulating into an ideological slick of opinions. In the study of data from a national opinion […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Medicaid Expansions Linked to Slower Rises in Overdose Deaths

PHILADELPHIA October 1, 2018 – The United States in recent years has increased healthcare access by broadening Medicaid coverage, but some worry that these Medicaid expansions lead to more abuse of prescription painkillers and thus worsen the opioid epidemic. A new study suggests that Medicaid expansions may, in fact, have the opposite effect. In a […]

Posted inRegional

Controlled burns limited severity of Rim Fire

December 8, 2017 – Controlled burning of forestland helped limit the severity of one of California’s largest wildfires, according to Penn State geographers. The researchers studying the Rim Fire, which in 2013 burned nearly 400 square miles of forest in the Sierra Nevada, found the blaze was less severe in areas recently treated with controlled […]