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System Disruption May Release Huge Amounts of Methane

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by European Association of Geochemistry | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that humic substances act as fully regenerable electron acceptors which helps explain why large amount of methane are held in wetlands instead of being released to the atmosphere. However, there are worries that if this system is disrupted it may release large amounts of methane back into the atmosphere.

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Researchers Grow Material One Level at a Time

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Penn State Materials Research Institute | News | Comments

Researchers have shown the ability to grow high-quality, single-layer materials one on top of the other using chemical vapor deposition.

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Sensor Efficiently Detects Ozone

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Network of Valencian Universities for the Promotion of R&D (RUVID) | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a more effective ozone sensor than the ones currently available. The new sensor detects this gas faster and in lower amounts.

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Book Aims to Guide Decisions on Shale Gas

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Cornell Univ. | News | Comments

A new book attempts to offer a reader-friendly, unbiased, scientific guide needed to make well-informed decisions regarding energy use and, more specifically, hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale.

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How the Calif. Drought Will Hit Your Wallet

April 17, 2014 1:06 pm | by Arizona State Univ. | News | Comments

With California experiencing one of its worst droughts on record, grocery shoppers across the country can expect to see a short supply of certain fruits and vegetables in stores, and to pay higher prices for those items. A professor has recently completed research on which crops will likely be most affected and what the price boosts might be.

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Rome was Founded 100 Years Earlier than Thought

April 17, 2014 12:46 pm | by The Conversation, Laura Swift | News | Comments

It has been reported that new archeological finds have pushed back the age of Rome. A team of archeologists discovered the remains of a wall built to channel water, which dates back to the ninth century BC. This goes against the traditional idea that Rome was founded on April 21, 753 BC by the twins Romulus and Remus.

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‘Global Soundscapes Day’ to Record Sounds of Earth

April 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers are collaborating around the globe for a special Earth Day experience on Tuesday, April 22, designed to capture up to 1 million natural sound recordings and upload them for preservation.

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Forensic Genomics Solves Sea Snail Death Mystery

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by UC Davis | News | Comments

In August 2011, thousands of dead red abalone washed up on the beaches of Sonoma County in Northern California. At the time, the cause was unknown. Now, scientists, using a new approach called forensic genomics, have learned that a harmful algal bloom was to blame: the causative agent Yessotoxin.

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Submarine Search is Successful, Yet Yields No Results

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Margie Mason | News | Comments

Investigators have been analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane. The tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.

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Bionic Ankle Mimics Biology

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by MIT, Rob Matheson | News | Comments

An associate professor of media arts and sciences gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs. He designs— and wears— bionic leg prostheses that he says, “emulate nature,” by mimicking the functions and power of biological knees, ankles and calves.

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Diabetic Heart Attacks, Strokes on the Decline

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mike Stobbe | News | Comments

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

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Reservoir to Flush Millions of Gallons Because of Urine

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Steven DuBois | News | Comments

Portland officials say they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water, for the second time in less than three years, because someone urinated into a city reservoir.

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Ants Inspire Help for Human Evacuees

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

An escape route mapping system, based on the behavior of ant colonies, could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack. The system builds a map showing the shortest routes to shelters, and provides regular updates of current situations such as fires, blocked roads or other damage via smartphones.

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Trials of the Cherokee Evident in Skulls

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by North Carolina State Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have found that environmental stressors– from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War– led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people. The findings highlight the role of environmental factors in shaping our physical characteristics.

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Obesity Amplifies Bone, Muscle Loss

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Florida State Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a new syndrome called "osteosarcopenic obesity" that links the deterioration of bone density and muscle mass with obesity.

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