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Microplastic pollution lingers in rivers for years before entering oceans

Microplastics can deposit and linger in riverbeds for as long as seven years before washing into the ocean, a new study has found. The research was supported in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Because rivers are in near-constant motion, researchers previously assumed that lightweight microplastics quickly flowed through rivers, rarely interacting with riverbed sediments.  […]

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Gas flares tied to premature deaths

HOUSTON, (Feb. 28, 2022) – Newly published research by Rice University environmental engineers suggests flaring of natural gas from oil and gas fields in the United States, primarily in North Dakota and Texas, contributed to dozens of premature deaths in 2019. Satellite observations and computer models can link gas flares to air pollution and health, […]

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A Minecraft build can be used to teach almost any subject, according to Concordia researchers

For all its massive popularity, Minecraft — the highest-selling video game of all time — is not highly regarded among the gaming world’s snob class. The graphics are blocky, and there isn’t much of a point to it. It’s for kids. But according to many millions of users, including some Concordia faculty and students, Minecraft’s malleability is its strength. Free […]

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COVID-19 in the Classroom: Simulating the Spread

A team led by Rao Kotamarthi at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) is using supercomputers at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to study how aerosol viral particles are distributed in a ventilated classroom. Using ORNL’s Summit, the nation’s fastest supercomputer, the team simulated the spread of aerosols through a model elementary school classroom layout […]

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Offshore Wind Farms Can Interfere with Ship Radar and Navigation, Says New Report

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2022 — Offshore wind farms can interfere with navigational radar used by ships and smaller vessels to avoid collisions, posing challenges for safe maritime navigation, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The maritime community has expressed concern that wind turbine generators could interfere with radar, […]

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Deer, mink and hyenas have caught COVID-19 – animal virologists explain how to find the coronavirus in animals and why humans need to worry

White-tailed deer are one of the few wild species that scientists have found to be infected with the coronavirus – at least so far. Andrew C/WikimediaCommons, CC BY Sue VandeWoude, Colorado State University; Angela Bosco-Lauth, Colorado State University, and Christie Mayo, Colorado State University eaIn April 2020, tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo made […]

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45,000 marine species are at-risk – what’s most vulnerable?

A framework for identifying the most vulnerable marine species will boost global conservation and policy efforts against anthropogenic climate change. University of Queensland researchers and global marine experts developed the framework by reviewing marine biology literature and categorising a wide range of threats – from climate change, to pollution, to fishing – faced by more […]

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New study finds COVID-19 vaccination boosts mental health along with immunity

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 measurably improved the psychological well-being of participants in the Understanding Coronavirus in America study, a large longitudinal look at the impact of the pandemic on individuals in the United States. Vaccination was associated with declines in distress and perceived risks of infection, hospitalization, and death. The study, appearing in the American Journal of […]

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Gene-editing breakthrough in the battle against tick-borne diseases

RENO, Nevada – University-led research has developed a new method that allows gene editing in ticks at the embryo stage, a protocol previously thought impossible for ticks. This ground-breaking discovery, published in iScience Journal, could decrease the ability of ticks to be a vector for disease causing pathogens. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, […]

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Record-Breaking 17.6 Meter Rogue Wave Recorded off the Coast of Vancouver Island

Researchers have announced that a 17.6 meter rogue wave – the most extreme rogue wave ever recorded – has been measured in the waters off of Ucluelet, B.C. The rogue wave, which measures as high as a four-story building, was recorded in November 2020 by Victoria, B.C.-based MarineLabs Data Systems (MarineLabs). It is the subject of a scientific report […]

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NASA’s MRO Finds Water Flowed on Mars Longer Than Previously Thought

Caltech researchers used the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to determine that surface water left salt minerals behind as recently as 2 billion years ago. Mars once rippled with rivers and ponds billions of years ago, providing a potential habitat for microbial life. As the planet’s atmosphere thinned over time, that water evaporated, leaving the frozen desert […]