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Shift in caribou movements may be tied to human activity

(University of Cincinnati) Human activities might have shifted the movement of caribou in and near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to scientists who tracked them using isotopic analysis from shed antlers. The study is timely given the auction this year of oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Indigenous Alaskans opposed the leases, arguing development could disrupt the migration of caribou they depend on for sustenance.

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Diamonds need voltage

Diamonds are fascinating – as jewellery but also because of the extreme hardness of the material. How exactly this variant of carbon is formed deep underground and under extremely high pressures and temperatures remains a mystery. Now, researchers have documented a new influencing factor in theory and experiment.

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Having sustainability in mind: lithium from the Upper Rhine Graben for batteries

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Worldwide demand for lithium is increasing. The raw material is much sought-after for e-mobility. To meet this increasing demand, production of lithium by deep geothermal energy plants has been discussed for some years now. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has decided to fund the UnLimited project for setting up a pilot facility at the geothermal power plant in Bruchsal by Energie Baden-Württemberg as consortium leader in cooperation with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Having sustainability in mind: lithium from the Upper Rhine Graben for batteries

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Worldwide demand for lithium is increasing. The raw material is much sought-after for e-mobility. To meet this increasing demand, production of lithium by deep geothermal energy plants has been discussed for some years now. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has decided to fund the UnLimited project for setting up a pilot facility at the geothermal power plant in Bruchsal by Energie Baden-Württemberg as consortium leader in cooperation with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Amber-encased fossil shines light on evolution of bioluminescent insects

Trapped in amber for ~100 million years, an exceptionally well-preserved, light-producing beetle sheds light on the diversification of bioluminescent beetles in the Cretaceous period and provides the missing fossil link between fireflies’ living relatives.

Divergences between scientific and Indigenous and Local Knowledge can be helpful

Divergences between scientific and Indigenous and Local Knowledge can provide a better understanding of why local pastoralists may be willing, or not, to participate in conservation initiatives for carnivores, a study suggests.

Lead poisoning of children

A remediation and public education effort at an abandoned battery recycling facility in Bangladesh eliminated most lead soil contamination, but levels of the toxic metal in children living near the site did not decrease nearly as much. The discrepancy reveals the scope of other lead exposure sources and the challenge they present to public health.

Today Marks 3000 Days on Mars For the Genius ’Curiosity Rover‘ –See Celebration Photos From the Red Planet

Tuesday was the 3,000th day, or “Sol,” during which NASA’s Curiosity Rover has been trundling about on the surface of the Red Planet. The images the rover has beamed back have colored in the dreams of thousands of Star Wars, Star Trek, and John Carter fans, and our understanding of what the closest, potentially habitable […]

The post Today Marks 3000 Days on Mars For the Genius ’Curiosity Rover‘ –See Celebration Photos From the Red Planet appeared first on Good News Network.

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New analysis highlights importance of groundwater discharge into oceans

(University of California – Santa Cruz) An invisible flow of groundwater seeps into the ocean along coastlines all over the world. Scientists have tended to disregard its contributions to ocean chemistry, focusing on the far greater volumes of water and dissolved material entering the sea from rivers and streams, but a new study finds groundwater discharge plays a more significant role than had been thought.