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American robins migrating 12 days earlier than they did 25 years ago

American robins can be found year-round almost anywhere in North America, from Canada’s lower provinces and southward, but many of the birds in northern areas head south for the winter. Recently, researchers have found that these robins have been migrating…

Ocean creatures keep millions of viruses at bay

The rainforest has long been a cradle for virus-kind. HIV, ebola and yellow fever all started out in those lush fortresses of biodiversity. But when it comes to harboring viruses, the rainforest has nothing on the ocean. Scientists have tallied…

10 surprising home remedies for acid reflux

Acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), which is a more scientific way to describe heartburn, affects 50 percent of Americans. While heartburn suggests you just ate a pizza that bothered you, GERD is when food, acid contents, bilious material…

6 questions pet owners are asking during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many pet owners are spending a lot more time at home these days, and they have lots of questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their animals and their daily activities. Here are some answers. Is my dog stressed…

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‘The losses could be profound’: floods wreak havoc on wildlife

For 900 years, Lugg and Hampton wildflower meadows in Herefordshire have bloomed into a wash of colour in spring. These fertile meadows were highly prized, and the Norman lords who owned them used the hay crop to help fund Hereford’s…

6 ways to improve your bond with your dog

As the saying goes, dogs are our best friends. But maybe it doesn’t feel quite so buddy-buddy between you and your dog these days. Perhaps you’re constantly frustrated because your dog ignores your commands or is always getting in your…

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On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products

Chemists have created a hybrid system of bacteria and nanowires that captures energy from sunlight and transfers it to the bacteria to turn carbon dioxide and water into organic molecules and oxygen. On Earth, such a biohybrid could remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. On Mars, it would provide colonists with raw material to manufacture organic compounds ranging from fuels to drugs. The efficiency is greater than the photosynthetic efficiency of most plants.

Another Coronavirus Victim: The Green New Deal

What will happen next with the coronavirus epidemic is unknown, but it seems certain to claim one very high-profile victim: the so-called Green New Deal. Good riddance. The current crisis in the U.S. economy is, in miniature but a concentrated…

Bison in northern Yellowstone proving to be too much of a good thing

(Oregon State University) Increasing numbers of bison in Yellowstone National Park in recent years have become a barrier to ecosystem recovery in the iconic Lamar Valley in the northern part of the park.