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How Climate Change Has Battered the West Before Summer Even Begins – The New York Times

A heat dome is baking Arizona and Nevada, where temperatures have soared past 115 degrees this week and doctors are warning that people can get third-degree burns from the sizzling asphalt. At Lake Mead, which supplies water for 25 million…

Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins – The New York Times

A heat dome is baking Arizona and Nevada, where temperatures have soared past 115 degrees this week and doctors are warning that people can get third-degree burns from the sizzling asphalt. At Lake Mead, which supplies water for 25 million…

Think climate change isn’t ‘click-worthy’? These bots disagree. – Grist

When you hear about bots in the news, it’s usually something bad. Bots, bits of software designed to perform routine tasks for their human creators, are often associated with scam calls, fake social media accounts, or spreading disinformation, even though…

Predicting the spread of invasive carp using river water flows

(University of Missouri-Columbia) Researchers from the University of Missouri and the United States Geological Survey are using a grant from the USGS Aquatic Invasive Species Competitive Grants Program to develop a 3D model to better predict how the variable dynamics of river water flows — currents and water turbulence — influence the spread of invasive carp throughout the U.S. Invasive carp reproduce in rivers, and can lay thousands of eggs that can drift for miles in river flows before hatching.

Underwater robot offers new insight into mid-ocean “twilight zone”

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) An innovative underwater robot known as Mesobot is providing researchers with deeper insight into the vast mid-ocean region known as the “twilight zone.” Capable of tracking and recording high-resolution images of slow-moving and fragile zooplankton, gelatinous animals, and particles, Mesobot greatly expands scientists’ ability to observe creatures in their mesopelagic habitat with minimal disturbance.

The Lifestyle of This Amazonian Tribe May Hold a Key to Healthy Aging

Although people in industrialized nations have access to modern medical care, they are more sedentary and eat a diet high in saturated fats. In contrast, the Tsimane have little or no access to health care but are extremely physically active and consume a high-fiber diet that includes vegetables, fish, and lean meat. “The Tsimane have […]

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Scientists discover unreported plant body part

(The Company of Biologists) A previously unreported anatomical structure named the ‘cantil’ has been described in the popular plant model, Arabidopsis thaliana. Scientists from The Pennsylvania State University, USA, reveal that the cantil forms between the stem and flower-bearing stalk when flowering is delayed. Published in the journal Development, this study highlights that there are still discoveries to be made, even in some of the most meticulously studied species, and provides new clues for understanding conditional growth in plants.

Investigating carbonate mineral chemical variations to improve oil recovery

(Texas A&M University) Dr. Igor Ivanishin, a postdoctoral researcher in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, has firsthand experience with the frustrations of oil production. He spent nine years as a hydraulic fracturing engineer with operating and service companies in Russia. A few years ago, he came to Texas A&M to get his doctoral degree while delving into a reoccurring recovery problem in carbonate reservoirs: why don’t they produce oil as predicted?

Balanced rocks set design ground motion values for New Zealand dam

(Seismological Society of America) For the first time, researchers have used precariously-balanced rocks to set the formal design earthquake motions for a major existing engineered structure–the Clyde Dam, the largest concrete dam in New Zealand.