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NAPA heroes donate supplies to community

NAPA AUTO PARTS stores can always be counted on to support their communities during a crisis. Today, as hospitals and health care organizations across the country struggle with the coronavirus pandemic NAPA stores and AutoCare Centers are once again stepping…

Study: Multiscale crop modeling effort required to assess climate change adaptation

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) Crop modeling is essential for understanding how to secure the food supply as the planet adapts to climate change. Many current crop models focus on simulating crop growth and yield at the field scale, but lack genetic and physiological data, which may hamper accurate production and environmental impact assessment at larger scales.

Ford, Rivian, Others Scrap E-Vehicle Plans Amid Pandemic

The economic and logistical toll of the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the rollout of several electric vehicle models, and even canceling one project. Driving the news: Ford and the EV startup Rivian just scrapped plans to jointly develop a vehicle…

Free use of Kudos Pro to help researchers keep communicating during pandemic disruption

(Kudos Innovations Ltd) Kudos helps researchers maximize reach and visibility of research by opening up Kudos Pro. The platform helps showcase work to a range of target audiences, supporting researchers in fields where conferences have been cancelled — and those with COVID-19-relevant work that needs rapid communication. Over 2,000 researchers have already signed up.

Greenland ice sheet meltwater can flow in winter, too

(University of Colorado at Boulder) Liquid meltwater can sometimes flow deep below the Greenland Ice Sheet in winter, not just in the summer, according to CIRES-led work published in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters today.

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In Earth’s largest extinction, land animal die-offs began long before marine extinction

Because of poor dates for land fossils laid down before and after the mass extinction at the end of the Permian, paleontologists assumed that the terrestrial extinctions from Gondwana occurred at the same time as the better-documented marine extinctions. But a new study provides more precise dates for South African fossils and points to a long, perhaps 400,000-year period of extinction on land before the rapid marine extinction 252 million years ago.

In Earth’s largest extinction, land animal die-offs began long before marine extinction

(University of California – Berkeley) Because of poor dates for land fossils laid down before and after the mass extinction at the end of the Permian, paleontologists assumed that the terrestrial extinctions from Gondwana occurred at the same time as the better-documented marine extinctions. But a new study provides more precise dates for South African fossils and points to a long, perhaps 400,000-year period of extinction on land before the rapid marine extinction 252 million years ago.

Tesla Model 3 Dominates US Premium-Class Small & Midsize Car Market — 23% of 2019 Sales

The Tesla Model 3 continued to hog the throne on top of the US premium-class car market at the end of 2019. For the full year, the Model 3 accounted for 23% of small and midsize luxury car sales. In other words, nearly 1 out of every 4 small or midsize luxury cars sold in 2019 was a Tesla Model

Chimpanzees more likely to share tools, teach skills when task is complex

A new study finds that chimpanzees that use a multi-step process and complex tools to gather termites are more likely to share tools with novices. The study helps illuminate chimpanzees’ capacity for prosocial — or helping — behavior, a quality that has been recognized for its potential role in the evolution of human cultural abilities.

Here’s how public dissemination of biology is going wrong

(World Scientific) Biology is too often communicated to the public in a simplistic way that tries to explain everything in a simplistic reduction to genes, neurones or cells. Any good biologist knows things are more complex than that, but simplistic and misleading popularisations have become entrenched. Good biology always involves understanding how multiple factors interact.