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On Wikipedia, politically controversial science topics vulnerable to information sabotage
Wikipedia reigns. It's the world's most popular online encyclopedia, the sixth most visited website in America, and a research source most U.S. students rely on. But, according to a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, Wikipedia entries on politically controversial scientific topics can be unreliable due to information sabotage.  View News Article (2015-08-17)


Carbon dioxide-spewing volcano drives reef from coral to algae
Scientists from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM) have documented a dramatic shift from vibrant coral communities to carpets of algae in remote Pacific Ocean waters where an underwater volcano spews carbon dioxide. View News Article (2015-08-11)


New digital seafloor map provides answers and more questions
Ocean sediments cover 70% of our planet's surface, forming the substrate for the largest ecosystem on Earth and its largest carbon reservoir -- but the most recent map of seafloor geology was drawn by hand more than 40 years ago. View News Article (2015-08-11)


Monitoring wildlife may shed light on spread of antibiotic resistance in humans
Antibiotics are a blessing but may also be an empty promise of health when microbes develop resistance to our pharmacological arsenal.  View News Article (2015-07-30)


Stadium lighting affects bat behavior and may threaten biodiversity
A new Animal Conservation study shows that sports stadium lighting can alter patterns of bat species activity and feeding, which may in turn have cascading effects on other organisms and the ecosystem as a whole. View News Article (2015-07-24)


UAlberta scientists part of unprecedented worldwide biodiversity study
Humans depend on high levels of ecosystem biodiversity, but due to climate change and changes in land use, biodiversity loss is now greater than at any time in human history. Five University of Alberta researchers, including students, participated in a leading global initiative to determine whether there are widespread and consistent patterns in plant biodiversity. View News Article (2015-07-20)


Increased carbon dioxide levels in air restrict plants' ability to absorb nutrients
The rapidly rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affect plants' absorption of nitrogen, which is the nutrient that restricts crop growth in most terrestrial ecosystems.  View News Article (2015-06-15)


Savannahs slow climate change
Tropical rainforests have long been considered the Earth's lungs, sequestering large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and thereby slowing down the increasing greenhouse effect and associated human-made climate change. View News Article (2015-05-22)


Forecasting future infectious disease outbreaks
Machine learning can pinpoint rodent species that harbor diseases and geographic hotspots vulnerable to new parasites and pathogens. View News Article (2015-05-19)


Study: Valuable Massachusetts ecosystems shrinking, doing more with less
All land is not created equal. Some ecosystems do triple duty in the benefits they provide to society. Massachusetts forests, for example, filter public drinking water while also providing habitat for threatened species and storing carbon to combat climate change.  View News Article (2015-05-14)

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