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How much water does a snowpack hold?

Researchers have developed a new computer model for calculating the water content of snowpacks, providing an important tool for water resource managers and avalanche...

Plant probe could help estimate bee exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides

Bee populations are declining, and neonicotinoid pesticides continue to be investigated -- and in some cases banned -- because of their suspected role as...

Joshua trees facing extinction

They outlived mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. But without dramatic action to reduce climate change, new research shows Joshua trees won't survive much past this...

New solar material could lead to cheaper, more widespread use of panels

Imagine printing electronic devices using a simple inkjet printer — or even painting a solar panel onto the wall of a building. Such technology would...

Warming climate intensifes summer drought in parts of US, study finds

Climate change is amplifying the intensity and likelihood of heatwaves during severe droughts in the southern plains and southwest United States, according to a...

Solar energy could turn the Belt and Road Initiative green

The region covered by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has significant potential to be powered by solar energy, according to a recent study...

Nanotube device channels heat into light

The ever-more-humble carbon nanotube may be just the device to make solar panels - and anything else that loses energy through heat - far...

Lack of crop diversity and increasing dependence on pollinators may threaten food security

A multinational team of researchers has identified countries where agriculture's increasing dependence on pollination, coupled with a lack of crop diversity, may threaten food...

Uranium toxicity may be causing high rates of obesity and diabetes in Kuwait

Kuwait has some of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the world, and scientists don't know why. This question was addressed by...

NASA satellites find biggest seaweed bloom in the world

An unprecedented belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico--and it's likely here to stay. Scientists at the University...

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