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Posted inSci/Tech

Surprising new study redraws family tree of domesticated and ‘wild’ horses

Lawrence, KS, Feb. 26, 2018 – There are no such things as “wild” horses anymore. Research published in Science overturns a long-held assumption that Przewalski’s horses, native to the Eurasian steppes, are the last wild horse species on Earth. Instead, phylogenetic analysis shows Przewalski’s horses are feral, descended from the earliest-known instance of horse domestication […]

Posted inEnviro

‘Weather whiplash’ triggered by changing climate will degrade Midwest’s drinking water

LAWRENCE, KS, March 29, 2017 – One consequence of global climate change is the likelihood of more extreme seesawing between drought and flood, a phenomenon dubbed “weather whiplash.” Now, researchers at the University of Kansas have published findings in the journal Biogeochemistry showing weather whiplash in the American Midwest’s agricultural regions will drive the deterioration […]

Posted inWorld

Authoritarian regimes use rhetoric to legitimize their power, despite no progress with democracy

LAWRENCE, Nov. 30, 2016 – Leaders of authoritarian regimes in Central Asia have been able to use rhetoric to define their power as legitimate to the public despite practices of human rights violations and clamping down on dissent, according to a new study by a University of Kansas expert on international relations. “Those governments have […]

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New map details threat of Zika across Europe, US

LAWRENCE, KS, Aug. 10, 2016 – With Zika sparking anxiety at the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, and now being transmitted in Florida through contact with mosquitoes, accurately mapping the distribution of the virus is increasingly urgent. Accounting for a host of often-overlooked drivers of transmission, a team of University of Kansas researchers has mapped […]