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Environment

Pharmaceuticals and the Water-Fish-Osprey Food Web

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Ospreys do not carry significant amounts of human pharmaceutical chemicals, despite widespread occurrence of these chemicals in water, a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Baylor University study finds. These research findings, published by Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management is…[read further]

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Pursuits

Backpack Physics: Smaller Hikers Carry Heavier Loads

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Hikers are generally advised that the weight of the packs they carry should correspond to their own size, with smaller individuals carrying lighter loads. Although petite backpackers might appreciate the excuse to hand off heavier gear to the larger members…[read further]

American Institute of Physics

Science

Why Plants Don’t Get a Sunburn

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Plants rely on sunlight to make their food, but they also need protection from its harmful rays, just like humans do. Recently, scientists discovered a group of molecules in plants that shields them from sun damage. Now, in an article…[read further]

American Chemical Society

Nature

Nestling Birds Struggle in Noisy Environments

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Unable to fly, nestling birds depend on their parents for both food and protection: vocal communication between parents and offspring helps young birds to determine when they should beg for food and when they should crouch in the nest to…[read further]

Acoustical Society of America

Nature

Minimal Risk of Encountering Stinging Caterpillars in Missouri

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The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center has received several inquiries about stinging, or venomous, caterpillars, as a result of high populations of the puss caterpillar in more southern states. Because the occurrence of stinging caterpillars is…[read further]

By Missouri Dept. of Conservation

Environment

New Tracers Can Identify Frack Fluids in the Environment

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Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment.

The tracers have been field-tested at a spill site in West Virginia and downstream from an oil and…[read further]

National Science Foundation

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Ponderings

The Pacific Giant Octopus grows from the size of a pea at birth to a creature 30 feet across and weighing about 150 pounds in only two years, its average life span.

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