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Rewriting genetic information to prevent disease

NSF Discoveries - 59 min 39 sec ago

Breakthrough Prize winner harnesses CRISPR to improve immune system
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Creating the energy Internet

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How leaders in research, industry and engineering education are working to create the energy network of the future
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Mission impossible? New England's snowstorm 'bomb' from inside a Doppler-on-Wheels

NSF Discoveries - 59 min 39 sec ago

Trapped in gale-force winds for 24 hours, scientists got the data
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Monster hurricanes struck U.S. Northeast during prehistoric periods of ocean warming

NSF Discoveries - 59 min 39 sec ago

Intense hurricanes possibly more powerful than any storms New England has experienced in recorded history frequently pounded the region during the first millennium, from the peak of the Roman Empire to the height of the Middle Ages, according to results of a new study.

The finding could have implications for understanding the intensity and frequency of hurricanes the U.S. Northeast may experience in the future.

Looking back to see into the future

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Engineering the spark that starts the wildfire

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Understanding how hot metal shards cast off by infrastructure ignite wildfires
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Good news and bad news for coral reefs

NSF Discoveries - 59 min 39 sec ago

There's good news related to marine protected areas, but bad news related to loss of coral cover
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Scientists confirm that Midwest floods are more frequent

NSF Discoveries - 59 min 39 sec ago

The U.S. Midwest region and surrounding states have endured increasingly more frequent floods during the last half-century, according to results of a new study.

The researchers, affiliated with the University of Iowa (UI) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), based their findings on daily records collected by the U.S. Geological Survey at 774 stream gauges in 14 states from 1962-2011, a data collection period in common for all the stations.

They found that 264, ...
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Communicating a hurricane's real risks

NSF Discoveries - 59 min 39 sec ago

NSF- and NOAA-sponsored studies help improve the quality of emergency communications
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Walking, driving and riding in a winter wonderland

NSF Discoveries - 59 min 39 sec ago

Using big data techniques, engineers more accurately model how people adapt to snowstorms and other disruptions
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Dirt mounds made by termites in Africa, South America, Asia could prevent spread of deserts

NSF Discoveries - 59 min 39 sec ago

Termites might not top the list of humanity's favorite insects, but new research suggests that their large dirt mounds are crucial to stopping deserts from spreading into semi-arid ecosystems.

The results indicate that termite mounds could make these areas more resilient to climate change.

The findings could also inspire a change in how scientists determine the possible effects of climate change on ecosystems.

In the parched grasslands and savannas, or drylands, ...
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Human insights inspire solutions for household robots

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New algorithms designed by Berkeley and UMass researchers allow autonomous systems to deal with uncertainty
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After the lecture: Bob Bea and a lifetime spent outwitting disaster

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Nearly 10 years post-Katrina, the engineer who co-led a team that investigated the New Orleans levee system reflects on what it takes to have resilient and sustainable infrastructure -- and the next generation of engineers
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Warding off failure

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Tiny, self-powered sensors push the limits of health and usage monitoring
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Field fever, harvest fever, rat catcher's yellows: Leptospirosis by any name is a serious disease

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Infection is more prevalent in lower-income tropical areas
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Floating wind turbines bring electricity where it's needed

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Altaeros Energies' research into advanced materials enables new heights for wind energy
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New species of peacock spiders live up to their name.

Ernst Mayr Library Facebook - Fri, 2015-02-27 23:15
New species of peacock spiders live up to their name.


Two Spectacular New Peacock Spiders Discovered in Queensland
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Two new species of peacock spiders have been discovered in southern Queensland. This dazzling group of fuzzy, googly-eyed spiders are so-named for their flashy hues and rockin’ courtship moves. One of the new species is black and white, the other’s got blue and red stripes—and their nicknames are Sk…
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Spitting cobra, very graphically illustrated.

Ernst Mayr Library Facebook - Fri, 2015-02-27 13:15
Spitting cobra, very graphically illustrated.


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