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Logged rainforests can be an 'ark' for mammals, extensive study shows
Research reveals that large areas of 'degraded' forest in Southeast Asia can play an important role in conserving mammal diversity. (2016-08-22)

Researchers investigate environmental movements and neoliberalism
Recent dynamics of global environmentalism, ranging from indigenous people's rights to the reliance on non-governmental organizations, have been marked by a resurgence in environmental movements that more aggressively resist natural resource extraction, according to two University of Kansas researchers. (2016-08-22)

American Fisheries Society recognizes Bill Hogarth with top conservation award
The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography Director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award -- one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science. (2016-08-22)

Reducing gas flares -- and pollution -- from oil production
Last year, dozens of major oil companies and oil-producing nations agreed to end the routine flaring of natural gas from wells by 2030. This burning off of uncaptured methane in addition to simply letting it escape into the air -- a process called venting -- releases pollutants and the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. Now in ACS' journal Energy & Fuels, researchers report a strategy that could help producers work toward this goal. (2016-08-17)

Sulfoxaflor found to be less harmful to insect predators than broad-spectrum insecticides
A new study appearing in the Journal of Economic Entomology has found that the selective insecticide sulfoxaflor is just as effective at controlling soybean aphids (Aphis glycines) as broad-spectrum insecticides, without causing significant harm to some beneficial predators of the aphid. (2016-08-17)

Sayonara, kudzu bug?
A few strains of wild soy are able to fight the kudzu bug by limiting the ability of its nymphs, or young, to survive. The next step is to identify which gene gives the soybeans this defense mechanism. (2016-08-17)

Scientists explore oil clean-up properties of aquatic ferns
Certain varieties of aquatic floating weeds demonstrate an impressive ability to selectively absorb oil from contaminated water. These plants, which are often regarded as a nuisance, could in fact provide an extremely convenient way of cleaning up messy oil spills. (2016-08-16)

Soybean science blooms with supercomputers
Soybean Knowledge Base (SoyKB) project finds and shares comprehensive genetic and genomic soybean data through support of NSF-sponsored XSEDE high performance computing. SoyKB helps scientists improve soybean traits. XSEDE Stampede supercomputer 370,000 core hour allocation used in resequencing of over 1,000 soybean germplasm lines. XSEDE ECSS established Pegasus workflow that optimized SoyKB for supercomputers. SoyKB migrated workflow to XSEDE Wrangler data intensive supercomputer. Scientific cloud environment Jetstream of XSEDE broadened user base. (2016-08-16)

New book offers comprehensive look at fracturing horizontal wells
Fracturing horizontal wells has had a profound impact on the US oil and gas industry over the past 25 years, allowing production from fields once considered too marginal to produce. A new book, 'Fracturing Horizontal Wells,' translates that history and the lessons learned into a comprehensive look at the process, from planning to production. (2016-08-15)

Reduced ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations
Large areas of tropical lowland forests have been replaced by oil palm plantations, with major impact on environment and people. Scientists from the University of Göttingen, the UFZ and Bogor Agricultural University has now performed a complete and multidisciplinary assessment of all ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations as compared to lowland forests. They found that in oil palm plantations, eleven out of 14 ecosystem functions showed a net decrease, some with an irreversible global impact. (2016-08-15)

Methane leaks: A new way to find and fix in real time
Researchers have flown aircraft over an oil and gas field and pinpointed -- with unprecedented precision -- sources of the greenhouse gas methane in real time. (2016-08-15)

Researchers have found a way to make shale oil extraction cheaper
Researchers at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have developed mathematical models and software that will enable Russian shale oil producers to reduce development costs and pollution risks. (2016-08-11)

Surveys of corn and soybean fields reveal implications for pollinator conservation
What kind of insect pollinators are commonly found in corn and soybean fields? The answer to that question can be found in a new article published in Environmental Entomology. (2016-08-11)

UBC research aims to help Canadian flax farmers
A UBC professor's flax research could one day help Canadian farmers grow a car fender. In a recent study, UBC researcher Michael Deyholos identified the genes responsible for the bane of many Canadian flax farmers' existence; the fibers in the plant's stem. (2016-08-10)

Crude oil causes heart and skull deformities in haddock
Even brief exposures of the eggs of Atlantic haddock to low concentrations of dispersed crude oil can cause severe and usually deadly deformities in developing fish, an international research team has found. (2016-08-10)

This week from AGU: Denver's ozone problem, earlier snowmelt, and 3 research spotlights
This week from AGU: Denver's ozone problem, earlier snowmelt, and 3 research spotlights. (2016-08-10)

Cement design should take into account the water confined in the smallest pores
Cement paste has a large amount of water in its structure, and much of it is confined in the smallest pores of the cement which are about one manometer in size. The extreme temperatures in which cement finds itself in certain infrastructures, such as oil wells, lead to changes in water state, which in turn cause internal stresses in the cement. A researcher at the UPV/EHU has collaborated in characterizing the physics of this water in order to contribute towards better cement design. (2016-08-09)

Many more species at risk from Southeast Asia tree plantations, study finds
As more of SE Asia's forests are cleared for tree plantations, a Duke-led study finds that 42 percent of mammal, bird and amphibian species endemic to the region's forests face a higher risk of extinction from habitat loss than previously thought. Many of the species inhabit small ranges in remote forests that cross national borders. Transboundary protected areas and greater use of remote sensing to monitor risks is vital for their survival. (2016-08-09)

Accounting for ozone
The first peer-reviewed study to directly quantify how emissions from oil and gas activities influence summertime ozone pollution in the Colorado Front Range confirms that chemical vapors from oil and gas activities are a significant contributor to the region's chronic ozone problem. (2016-08-08)

Argonne discovery yields self-healing diamond-like carbon
A group of tribologists -- scientists who study the effect of friction in machines -- and computational materials scientists at Argonne recently discovered a revolutionary diamond-like film that is generated by the heat and pressure of an automotive engine. (2016-08-05)

Newly discovered 'blue whirl' fire tornado burns cleaner for reduced emissions
University of Maryland researchers say their discovery of a type of fire tornado they call a 'blue whirl' could lead to beneficial new approaches for reduced carbon emissions and improved oil spill cleanup. (2016-08-04)

'Red gene' in birds and turtles suggests dinosaurs had bird-like color vision
A gene for red color vision that originated in the reptile lineage around 250 million years ago has resulted in the bright red bird feathers and 'painted' turtles we see today, and may be evidence that dinosaurs could see as many shades of red as birds -- and perhaps even displayed more red than we might think. (2016-08-02)

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, may aid healing after heart attack
Taking a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, daily for six months after a heart attack improved the function of the heart and reduced scarring in the undamaged muscle. (2016-08-01)

Fish oil vs. lard -- why some fat can help or hinder your diet
A diet high in saturated fat can make your brain struggle to control what you eat, says a new study in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. (2016-07-29)

Production area does not affect phosphorus digestibility in soybean meal fed to pigs
Research at the University of Illinois is helping to determine the effect of growing conditions on the nutritional value of soybean meal. 'The digestibility of phosphorus is the same in soybean meal grown in various regions in the United States,' says Hans Stein, professor of animal sciences at Illinois. (2016-07-28)

Forests, species on 4 continents threatened by palm oil expansion
As palm oil production expands from Southeast Asia into the Americas and Africa, vulnerable tropical forests and species on four continents face increased risk of loss, a Duke-led study finds. The largest areas of vulnerable forest are in Africa and South America. But because forests in all 20 countries studied contain high concentrations of different mammal and bird species at risk of extinction, conservation efforts need to incorporate localized solutions tailored to each region. (2016-07-27)

Towards smarter crop plants to feed the world
Plant scientists at Lancaster University, with support from the University of Illinois, have made an important advance in understanding the natural diversity of a key plant enzyme which could help us address the looming threat of global food security. (2016-07-27)

Rat fathers' diets may affect offspring's breast cancer risk
The dietary habits of rat fathers may affect their daughters' breast cancer risk, a study in 60 male rats and their offspring has found. The study is published in the open access journal Breast Cancer Research. Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo showed that the female offspring of male rats which had been fed a diet rich in animal fats had an increased risk of breast cancer. A diet that was rich in vegetable fats reduced the offspring's risk of breast cancer. (2016-07-25)

Measure of age in soil nitrogen could help precision agriculture
What's good for crops is not always good for the environment. Nitrogen, a key nutrient for plants, can cause problems when it leaches into water supplies. University of Illinois engineers developed a model to calculate the age of nitrogen in corn and soybean fields, which could lead to improved fertilizer application techniques to promote crop growth while reducing leaching. (2016-07-25)

A 'smart dress' for oil-degrading bacteria
The modified polyelectrolyte-magnetite nanocoating was applied to functionalize the cell walls of oil decomposing bacteria Alcanivorax borkumensis. (2016-07-22)

Can palm oil be sustainable?
A new study shows to where and to what extent palm oil plantations could be expanded, while avoiding further deforestation in pristine and carbon-rich tropical forests. (2016-07-21)

Ship engine emissions adversely affect macrophages
Ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions. This was the main finding of a study on the influence of ship engine emissions on macrophages in the lungs conducted by scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen. Since macrophages also play a key role in lung diseases such as COPD, the study is important for understanding the health risks of ship exhausts. (2016-07-19)

Virgin olive oil and hypertension
Oleic acid plus a constellation of minor constituents as a natural antihypertensive. (2016-07-19)

Weathered oil from DW Horizon spill may threaten fish embryos and larvae development
A research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have found that ultraviolet light is changing the structure of the Deepwater Horizon oil components into something more toxic, further threatening numerous commercially and ecologically important fishes. (2016-07-12)

Weathered oil in Gulf of Mexico may threaten development of fish embryos and larvae
The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill, in which nearly three million barrels of crude oil got released in 2010 into the northern Gulf of Mexico, contaminated the spawning habitats for many fishes. A research team led by an environmental scientist at the University of California, Riverside has now found that ultraviolet light is changing the structure of the DWH oil components into something more toxic, further threatening numerous commercially and ecologically important fishes. (2016-07-11)

Sources, occurrence rate of groundwater methane in Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin
The rate of groundwater contamination due to natural gas leakage from oil and gas wells has remained largely unchanged in northeastern Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin since 2001, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study based on public records and historical data. (2016-07-11)

Unfertilized cover crop may reduce nutrient losses from Tennessee fields
Using what is known as a Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), scientists with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have modeled what would happen if Tennessee soybean and corn farmers incorporated an unfertilized winter wheat cover crop into their annual crop rotations. The model results indicate significant reductions in the amount of nitrogen and total phosphorus lost from row crop fields. (2016-07-08)

Pelleting and extrusion increase digestible and metabolizable energy in diets for pigs
Scientists at the University of Illinois using co-products from the ethanol and human food industries are helping shed light on ways processing high-fiber animal feed ingredients can enhance pigs' utilization of the nutrients and energy they contain. The co-products from these industries typically contain more fiber than the standard corn-soybean meal diet. (2016-07-06)

Swordfish lubricate heads for super-speedy swim
Despite their swashbuckling reputation, swordfish are vulnerable because of a weakness in the bill where it attaches to the skull. However, John Videler has discovered that the weakness is caused by a large oil gland, located at the base of the bill, which lubricates the fish's head, possibly making the head super water-repellent and cutting drag by up to 20% to make swordfish one of the fastest fish in the sea. (2016-07-06)

Higher consumption of unsaturated fats linked with lower mortality
Consuming higher amounts of unsaturated fats was associated with lower mortality, according to a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study. The researchers found higher consumption of saturated and trans fats was linked with higher mortality compared with the same number of calories from carbohydrates. This study provides further support for the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that emphasize the types of fat rather than total amount of fat in the diet. (2016-07-05)

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