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Dryland Farmers Work With Little Water

December 1, 2012

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A new generation of extremely efficient farmers sees irrigation as a non-viable alternative. These farmers use dryland farming, which has helped farmers to get through the drought and allow their crops to better handle low moisture conditions. In dryland farming, crops are rotated every two years, leaving half of the fields fallow at any given […]

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Rising Temperatures & Persistent Drought Threaten to Create a Second Dust Bowl

November 27, 2012

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Rising temperatures, persistent drought, and depleted aquifers could set the stage for a second Dust Bowl, a period of drought and dust storms that affected the prairies in the USA and Canada during the 1930s. The southern Great Plains have been ravaged, and a cool October broke a 16-month streak of higher than average temperatures […]

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Ranchers in the USA Are Struggling to Adapt to Climate Change

November 16, 2012

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In Boulder, Colorado, local cattle have developed immunity against the poisonous larkspur flowers that grow amongst the more edible grasses, making decisions to sell cattle a tough one. A rancher culling a herd he can’t afford to feed faces a problem restocking once economics improve, the replacements may die if they binge on the larkspur. […]

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US Concerns about Biosecurity Could Hamper Collaborations in Viral Research

October 24, 2012

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U.S. Federal health agencies have started to tighten security surrounding the research on deadly pathogens. The move is to enhance public safety, but some fear that this might hamper research. Earlier this month, US health agencies added SARS to the list of select agents that pose a sever threat to public health and safety. The […]

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American Online News Consumption Finally Surpasses Radio & Print

October 11, 2012

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The conclusion of Pew Research Center’s latest study is that a new generation of consumers is getting their news from online sources, and no longer relies on radio or print. Even television is increasingly vulnerable. Web-based content has surpassed newspapers and radio to become the second most popular news source for Americans, just after TV. […]

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Bypass Surgery Results in Long Term Health Benefits and Weight Loss

September 24, 2012

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There are more than 30 million Americans that are classified as obese or extremely obese. A new study shows that they might benefit from surgery that reconstructs the stomach to accommodate less food. Gastric bypass surgery leads to weight loss and improvement of health related problems, and may yield long-term health benefits. The scientists published […]

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NDM-1 Superbug Discovered in a Cat in the USA

September 13, 2012

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The Indian superbug NDM-1, which has a gene that encodes an enzyme conferring resistance to almost all known antibiotics, has been found in the USA in a household cat. Pets with NDM-1 could be a dangerous vector of infection, since people have close contact with them. The finding was announced by Rajesh Nayak, a research […]

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Effects of Drought in the U.S. are Now Visible from Space

September 5, 2012

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Last year, the USA was hit with floods in the Mississippi River, caused by major storms and melting snow. More than 3,000 square miles were flooded as the Army Corps of Engineers lifted the floodgates of the Morganza Spillway. The first photo was taken in August 2011 by NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite of the swollen […]

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Acorn, White-Footed Mice and Tick Cycle Augment Risks of Lyme Disease in 2012

March 14, 2012

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It’s been explained at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID) that the northeastern part of the United States faces the worst year yet for Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections because of the abundance of an unnoticed component of the disease’s complex ecology. A heavy crop of acorns will fuel a population bloom […]

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Worldwide Rise in Type 1 Diabetes Could Be Linked to Obesity

January 26, 2012

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As obesity rises in the worldwide population, so does its effect on health, which includes joint damage, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and its complications. However, while it’s expected that type 2 diabetes is on the rise, the variant that’s linked to obesity, type 1 diabetes, the autoimmune disease with childhood onset, is on the global […]

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The Fractal Dimension of the US ZIP Code System: 1.78!

January 12, 2012

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While most people think that ZIP codes were originally created randomly, there is actually an order to the US mail system. Since it turns out that it has a branching structure, it implies that it has a fractal dimension. Samuel Arbesman of Wired’s Social Dimension used the ZIPScribbles images created by Robert Kosara to calculate […]

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