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Radish cover crop traps nitrogen; mystery follows
New research supports the use of radish as a cover crop as a trap crop for fall nitrogen. (2018-05-30)
ISU-led group awarded $25 million grant for land use, biofuel production study
The USDA awarded an Iowa State University-led group a $25 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop the blueprint for using marginal farmlands to grow perennial grasses that will, in turn, provide a biomass source for a drop-in biofuel-based study over the next five years. (2011-09-28)
Visualizing the end of the human genome
Scientists have glimpsed the three-dimensional structure of a protein that protects the ends of human chromosomes, a function that is essential for normal cell division and survival. (2004-11-23)
Experts warn of the possible collapse of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime
Iraq might not have been hiding Weapons of Mass Destruction, but that hasn't stopped experts worrying that such terrible weapons may spread, and that nuclear weapons are no longer being used for security alone, but for deterrence. (2006-11-01)
More sustainable integrated vector management strategies are needed for malaria control
Insecticide resistance is threatening the effectiveness of insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor insecticide sprays to control adult mosquito vectors, and so more sustainable integrated management strategies that use optimal suites of control tactics are needed. (2012-07-10)
New analysis suggests wind, not water, formed mound on Mars
Researchers based at Princeton University, the California Institute of Technology and Ashima Research suggest that Mars' roughly 3.5-mile high Mount Sharp most likely emerged as strong winds carried dust and sand into Gale Crater where the mound sits. (2013-05-06)
Invasive and native marsh grasses may provide similar benefits to protected wetlands
An invasive species of marsh grass that spreads, kudzu-like, throughout North American wetlands, may provide similar benefits to protected wetlands as native marsh grasses. (2017-02-27)
Cordilleran terrane collage
In the August 2014 issue of LITHOSPHERE, Steve Israel of the Yukon Geological Survey and colleagues provide conclusions regarding the North American Cordillera that they say 'are provocative in that they blur the definition of tectonic terranes, showing that many observations of early geologists can be attributed to evolving geologic processes rather than disparate geologic histories.' (2014-08-01)
Lowering rates of beach erosion: estuaries may be key
Many geologists believe that the interaction between the tides and water moving down rivers causes sand to settle into estuaries that act as (2001-12-10)
New study fuels Louisiana subsidence controversy
While erosion and wetland loss are huge problems along Louisiana's coast, the basement 30 to 50 feet beneath much of the Mississippi Delta has been highly stable for the past 8000 years with negligible subsidence rates. (2006-07-21)
NOAA announces funding to support ocean observing in the Pacific Islands
NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System has awarded more than $2.09 million in competitive grant funding to support ocean observing efforts in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. (2009-08-12)
A plant present in Brazil is capable of colonizing deforested areas
Researchers from University of São Paulo (USP) and University of Texas at Austin studied the genetic diversity and differentiation patterns of the native pioneer understory tree Miconia affinis. (2016-08-08)
FASEB thanks Senate Appropriations Committee for proposed NIH funding increase
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology applauds the Senate Appropriations Committee for approving a fiscal year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill that provides $30.95 billion for the National Institutes of Health. (2013-07-11)
Scientists issue call to action for archaeological sites threatened by rising seas
Should global warming cause sea levels to rise as predicted in coming decades, thousands of archaeological sites in coastal areas around the world will be lost to erosion. (2010-10-27)
What shaped it, how old is it, and are they connected?
Two articles recently published online for the journal LITHOSPHERE investigate the influence of climate, erosion, and tectonics on the lay of the land in the Bolivian Andes. (2014-05-28)
Earthquake potential where there is no earthquake history
It may seem unlikely that a large earthquake would take place hundreds of kilometers away from a tectonic plate boundary, in areas with low levels of strain on the crust from tectonic motion. (2015-04-22)
EPA teams with National Geographic Society and World Resources Institute to map ecosystem services
The US Environmental Protection Agency is collaborating with the National Geographic Society and the World Resources Institute to develop tools that will help to fully account for the value of ecosystem services. (2008-10-29)
Seagrass is in decline worldwide, says UNH researcher
Around the world, seagrass beds - shallow-water ecosystems that are important habitats, food sources, and sediment stabilizers - are in decline, says Frederick Short, research professor of natural resources and marine science at the University of New Hampshire. (2006-03-27)
Alcohol taxes are too low, have not kept up with inflation
State alcohol excise taxes are typically only a few cents per drink and have not kept pace with inflation, according to a new study in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. (2017-12-13)
Telecommuting increases work hours and blurs boundary between work and home, new study shows
New sociology study from the University of Texas at Austin shows that most telecommuters add five to seven hours to their workweek compared with those who work exclusively at the office. (2012-12-04)
Ancient genes used to produce salt-tolerant wheat
Two recently discovered genes from an ancient wheat variety have led to a major advance in breeding new salt-tolerant varieties. (2007-02-01)
FASEB releases new NIH state factsheets
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has released a new series of factsheets describing the importance of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to each state. (2012-03-21)
Seeing the bedrock through the trees
When estimating runoff and erosion on hillslopes, most scientists consider only the soil. (2014-04-30)
Research shows river dredging reduced fish numbers, diversity
Comparing dredged and undredged sections of the Allegheny River, reduced populations of fish and less variety of aquatic life occurred in areas where gravel extraction took place, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences,. (2013-06-10)
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