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Given the choice, patients will reach for cannabis over prescribed opioids

Feb. 27, 2017 – Chronic pain sufferers and those taking mental health meds would rather turn to cannabis instead of their prescribed opioid medication, according to new research by the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria. “This study is one of the first to track medical cannabis use under the new system of […]

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New Report Details Accomplishments of U.S. Global Change Research Program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2017 – The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has made significant accomplishments to advance the science of global environmental change and improve the understanding of its impact on society through activities such as developing Earth-observing systems, improving Earth-system modeling capabilities, and advancing understanding of carbon-cycle processes, says a new report from […]

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USGS: Predicting Postfire Debris Flows Saves Lives

February 21, 2017 – When wildfires spread and scorch the earth, people like Penny Luehring have to act fast. Secondary impacts such as debris flows can be devastating to nearby communities. As program leader for the National Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team for the U.S. Forest Service, it’s her job—along with her team—to manage […]

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Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

Feb. 20, 2017 – Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and soybean, an international team of scientists now ran an unprecedentedly comprehensive set of computer simulations of US crop yields. The simulations […]

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Bee decline threatens US crop production

Feb. 20, 2017 – The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country’s most important farmlands — from California’s Central Valley to the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley. If wild bee declines continue, it could hurt U.S. crop production and farmers’ costs, said Taylor Ricketts, a […]

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Scarcity of Resources Led to Violence in Prehistoric Central California

Feb. 17, 2017 – A longtime Cal Poly Pomona anthropology professor who studies violence among prehistoric people in California has been published in a prestigious journal. Professor Mark Allen’s study, titled “Resource scarcity drives lethal aggression among prehistoric hunter-gathers in central California,” was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the […]

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In for the Long Haul at Oroville Dam Says Water Resources Expert

February 15, 2017 – Civil engineer Veronica Webster studies long-term trends for assessing flood risk at Michigan Technological University. She says that for the Oroville Dam, the immediacy of the problem is related to longer running issues. “Many of our hydraulic structures are likely under designed,” Webster says, citing the outdated methods for sizing dams […]

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Scientists uncover huge 1.8 million km2 reservoir of melting carbon under western U.S.

Feb. 14, 2017 – New research published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters describes how scientists have used the world’s largest array of seismic sensors to map a deep-Earth area of melting carbon covering 1.8 million square kilometres. Situated under the Western US, 350km beneath the Earth’s surface, the discovered melting region challenges accepted understanding […]

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Breast Cancer Patients with Dense Breast Tissue More Likely to Develop Cancer in Other Breast

HOUSTON, TX, Feb. 9, 2017 – Breast cancer patients with dense breast tissue have almost a two-fold increased risk of developing disease in the contralateral breast, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer. The study, published in the journal Cancer, is among the first to find the association between breast […]

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The World’s Longest Freshwater Fish Migration

New York February 6, 2017 – An international team of scientists has confirmed that the dorado catfish  (Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii) of the Amazon River basin holds the record for the world’s longest exclusively freshwater fish migration, an epic life-cycle journey stretching nearly the entire width of the South America continent. The finding, published today in the journal […]

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