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Researchers Introduce Macrosystems Approach to Study Stream Ecology

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Kansas State University scientists and collaborators have developed a new method for studying a variety of streams—including tropical, prairie or forested streams—across continents.

Walter Dodds, university distinguished professor of biology, has led the researchers in creating the Stream Biome Gradient…[read further]

Kansas State University

Snack Attack: Bears Munch on Ants and Help Plants Grow

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Tiny ants may seem like an odd food source for black bears, but the protein-packed bugs are a major part of some bears’ diets and a crucial part of the food web that not only affects other bugs, but plants…[read further]

Florida State University

Humanity Has Exceeded 4 of 9 ‘Planetary Boundaries’

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An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a “safe operating space.”

Civilization has crossed…[read further]

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rainfall Can Release Aerosols

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Ever notice an earthy smell in the air after a light rain? Now scientists at MIT believe they may have identified the mechanism that releases this aroma, as well as other aerosols, into the environment.

Using high-speed cameras, the researchers…[read further]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed as Threat to White Fringetree

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The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), also known as EAB, is an invasive insect pest from Asia that has killed millions of trees in the United States and Canada and has caused billions of dollars of damage since it was…[read further]

Entomological Society of America

New Contaminants Found in Oil and Gas Wastewater

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Duke University scientists have discovered high levels of two potentially hazardous contaminants, ammonium and iodide, in wastewater being discharged or spilled into streams and rivers from oil and gas operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Levels of contamination were just…[read further]

Duke University

Hunting Bats Rely on ‘Bag of Chips Effect’

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When bats hunt in groups at night, they rely on the sounds of their fellow bats to tip them off on the best places to a grab a good meal. Researchers reporting their findings in the Cell Press journal Current…[read further]

Cell Press

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