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June 23, 2017
Algae The final frontier
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
Algae dominate the oceans that cover nearly three-quarters of our planet, and produce half of the oxygen that we breathe. And yet fewer than 10 percent of the algae have been formally described in the scientific literature, as noted in a new review co-authored by Carnegie's Arthur Grossman in Trends in Plant Science. Algae are everywhere. They are part of crusts on desert surfaces and form massive blooms in lakes and oceans. They range in size from tiny single-celled organisms to giant kelp. ... read more

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Seeing inside coral
Coral reefs sustain marine life all over the world and protect its vulnerable coastlines. But the reefs are increasingly endangered, mainly because of pollution and rising ocean temperatures. Scient ... more
NASA Data Suggest Future May Be Rainier Than Expected
A new study suggests that most global climate models may underestimate the amount of rain that will fall in Earth's tropical regions as our planet continues to warm. That's because these models unde ... more
Lost ecosystem found buried in mud of southern California coastal waters
Paleontologists investigating the sea bed off the coast of southern California have discovered a lost ecosystem that for thousands of years had nurtured communities of scallops and shelled marine or ... more
DRCongo seeks joint Chinese-Spanish offer to build dam
The Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday it has asked Chinese and Spanish bidders of a colossal dam project to join forces and submit a joint bid. ... more
New Amazon dams would be 'massively' destructive: study
Building the 428 hydroelectric dams proposed for Brazil's Amazon basin - three times the existing number - would devastate the environment and could even disrupt regional weather, an international team of researchers warned Wednesday. ... more
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One Man's Shoes Help NASA Explain Water Clarity
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