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Researchers hope to give American chestnut a head start on climate change

Researchers hope to give American chestnut a head start on climate change

As the earth warms and precipitation patterns change, trees are expected to migrate north in search of the weather to which they are suited. Scientists predict that trees will have to move faster than their natural abilities through seed propagation. This has led some scientists at the University of Vermont to try to restart this …

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Today's honey bees only live half as long as bees in the 1970s

Today’s honey bees only live half as long as bees in the 1970s

The lifespan of honey bees living in laboratory environments has dropped by around 50% in the past 50 years, suggesting possible causes for worrying trends in the beekeeping industry, according to new research by entomologists from the University of Maryland. The study published today in the journal Scientific reports is the first to show an …

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Tentacle of a Transgenic Sea Anemone

Forever Young: Scientists Reveal the Secret to a Strange Animal’s Eternal Youth

Cross-section through a tentacle of a transgenic sea anemone showing the differentiation products of the SoxC cell population (magenta) and retractor muscles (yellow). Credit: Andreas Denner In sea anemones, highly conserved genes ensure the life-long differentiation of neurons and gland cells. Sea anemones are seemingly immortal animals. They seem to be immune to aging and …

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Al Gore helped launch a global emissions tracker that keeps big polluters honest

Al Gore helped launch a global emissions tracker that keeps big polluters honest

Former US Vice President Al Gore is a founding member of the nonprofit that created a tool to track big polluters. Maansi Srivastava/NPR hide caption toggle caption Maansi Srivastava/NPR Former US Vice President Al Gore is a founding member of the nonprofit that created a tool to track big polluters. Maansi Srivastava/NPR In the fight …

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Mars: could life itself have made the planet uninhabitable?

Mars: could life itself have made the planet uninhabitable?

four billion years ago, the solar system was still young. Almost fully formed, its planets were beginning to suffer a little less frequent asteroid strikes. Our own planet could have become habitable 3.9 billion years ago, but its primitive biosphere was very different from what it is today. Life had not yet invented photosynthesis which, …

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Comparative Timeline: The Life of Kathleen Folbigg and Advances in Genetic Research

Comparative Timeline: The Life of Kathleen Folbigg and Advances in Genetic Research

New South Wales will conduct a second inquiry into Kathleen Folbigg’s convictions. At the center of this new investigation is new data on the protein calmodulin – specifically one of its coding genes, CALM2 – and a mutated form of the gene known as G114R, which can cause heart arrhythmias in young children. In this …

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Engineers assess hurricane-damaged insulation ahead of Artemis' launch on Wednesday - Spaceflight Now

Engineers assess hurricane-damaged insulation ahead of Artemis’ launch on Wednesday – Spaceflight Now

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS AND USED WITH PERMISSION NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket and Orion spacecraft on Launch Complex 39B. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA officials have cleared the agency’s Artemis lunar rocket for the start of another countdown early Monday, but engineers must resolve questions about hurricane-damaged insulation before the massive propellant may be …

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UM bioreserve collecting genetic samples

UM bioreserve collecting genetic samples

The University of Michigan’s Precision Health Program is launching MY PART, a genetic testing program aimed at collecting a more diverse and holistic biodeposit for future research. While some members of the UM community are excited about the promise of advancing genetic research, others have expressed concerns about data privacy. The project aims to provide …

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COP27: Is energy security compatible with decarbonization?

COP27: Is energy security compatible with decarbonization?

Decarbonizing global energy while ensuring the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at affordable prices is the underlying challenge of this year’s climate summit, amid ongoing catastrophic climate events and the global energy crisis. Russia, the world’s largest exporter of fossil fuels in 2021, left the world exposed to extreme energy price volatility after launching its …

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Labor would create an “anti-OPEC” alliance for renewable energies, according to Miliband

The UK under a Labor government would form an “anti-OPEC” alliance of countries dedicated to renewable energy, to drive down energy prices and promote clean technology, shadow climate change secretary Ed Miliband has said. A clean energy alliance would allow countries to cooperate to secure lower-cost energy supplies, spur the expansion of wind, solar and …

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