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Trump’s DOI Axing 7,500 Regs To Expand Fishing/Hunting On Federal Lands

Trump’s Cabinet is putting his America First policies into place, including at the Department of Interior, where Secretary David Bernhardt announced a plan to open up more than 1.4 million acres of federal land through the elimination of some 7,500…

Surprising enzymes found in giant ocean viruses

A new study furthers our knowledge of viruses — in the sea and on land — and their potential to cause life-threatening illnesses. The findings, which examine newly-identified genes carried by mysterious ‘giant’ viruses, could represent potential new drug targets for giant viruses linked to human diseases.

Getting Fire From A Tree Without Burning The Wood – NPR

Some cottonwood trees are home to microorganisms that are known methane producers. Sean Bagshaw/Science Source/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sean Bagshaw/Science Source/Getty Images Some cottonwood trees are home to microorganisms that are known methane producers. Sean Bagshaw/Science Source/Getty Images…

If Seeing the World Helps Ruin It, Should We Stay Home? – The New York Times

The glaciers are melting, the coral reefs are dying, Miami Beach is slowly going under. Quick, says a voice in your head, go see them before they disappear! You are evil, says another voice. For you are hastening their destruction….

2D crystals conforming to 3D curves create strain for engineering quantum devices

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) A team led by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory explored how atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) crystals can grow over 3D objects and how the curvature of those objects can stretch and strain the crystals. The findings, published in Science Advances, point to a strategy for engineering strain directly during the growth of atomically thin crystals to fabricate single photon emitters for quantum information processing.

Evidence of multiple unmonitored coal ash spills found in N.C. lake

(Duke University) Coal ash solids in sediments collected from Sutton Lake in 2015 and 2018 suggest the North Carolina lake has been contaminated by multiple coal-ash spills, most of them apparently unmonitored and unreported. Levels of some contaminants were higher than those in sediments downstream from the massive TVA coal ash spill in Kingston, Tenn., in 2008. The new evidence highlights the risk of large-scale unmonitored spills occurring at other coal-ash storage sites nationwide.

New records show spread of parasitic deer flies across the United States

With flattened bodies, grabbing forelegs and deciduous wings, deer keds do not look like your typical fly. These parasites of deer — which occasionally bite humans — are more widely distributed across the US than previously thought, according to entomologists, who caution that deer keds may transmit disease-causing bacteria.

Debunked: Media Claim Rare Tornado Outbreak Is The ‘New Normal’

Tornadoes — and especially F3 or stronger tornadoes — are becoming increasingly rare as the Earth continues its modest warming, but the media are claiming a rare outbreak of recent tornadoes in Kansas is “the new normal.” The misleading nature…

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WEATHER: Student revives decades-old research sidelined by sexism

A University of Tennessee doctoral student is resurrecting research that was abandoned nearly 80 years ago that could be crucial for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s understanding of long-term weather patterns that factor into the agency’s decisions regarding water.