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June 122019

An escape route for carbon

Study shows minerals sequester carbon for thousands of years, which may explain oxygen’s abundance in the atmosphere. As many of us may recall from grade...

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June 92019

Getting the oil out of water

New technique makes it possible to image the fouling of membranes in 3-D, could lead to better antifouling materials. Oil and water are famously reluctant...

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May 132019

How a declining environment affects populations

Study finds that competition between bacterial species can be upended when conditions deteriorate. Stable ecosystems occasionally experience events that cause widespread death — for example,...

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January 212019

In China, a link between happiness and air quality

Moods expressed on social media tend to decline when air pollution gets worse, study finds. For many years, China has been struggling to tackle high...

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November 272018

MIT continues progress toward greenhouse gas reductions

New generating plant, building retrofits, and progress in metering energy use represent ongoing gains. Despite a challenging year marked by a colder-than-usual winter and the...

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November 202018

Explaining the plummeting cost of solar power

Researchers uncover the factors that have caused photovoltaic module costs to drop by 99 percent. The dramatic drop in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV)...

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November 192018

Study reveals importance of ‘cryptic connections’ in disease transmission

Researchers were able to track cryptic connections between bats by coating individual bats, such as this tri-colored bat, with a dust that is fluorescent under...

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November 122018

Structure of fossil-fuel source rocks is finally decoded

Detailed 3-D imaging of kerogen, a source of petroleum and natural gas, could improve estimates of recoverable amounts. The fossil fuels that provide much of...

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October 302018

Study uncovers high levels of previously unsuspected pollutant in homes, environment

Scientists at Indiana University found high levels of a previously unsuspected pollutant in homes, in an electronic waste recycling facility and in the natural environment....

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October 22018

Wild Suburbia: More Mammals Than Expected Live Near People

It’s a jungle out there in the suburbs, where many wild mammals are thriving near humans. That’s the conclusion of a large-scale study using camera...

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