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Alternative Fishing Gear Can Reduce Shark Mortality:Pew lays out simple steps to cut bycatch numbers

A new global scientific review shows that simple changes in fishing gear could significantly reduce the large number of sharks unintentionally caught in the world’s oceans.


Solvatten Provides Safe and Warm Water

The Solvatten unit is a portable, household item which treats and heats 11 liters of water when exposed to sunshine for 2-6 hours.


Lifecycle of Water in the Susquehanna River Basin May Reveal Answers for Drought Prone Areas

Water is a precious resource many take for granted until there is too little or too much. Scientists and engineers have positioned instruments at the Susquehanna Shale Hills Observatory at Pennsylvania State University to learn much more about the water cycle there. It is one of six Critical Zone Observatories in the United States.


Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions and Preventive Measures

The drought and famine once again blighting the Horn of Africa brings with it an unwelcome reminder that for all of mankind’s achievements we are yet to eradicate the scourge of poverty or to provide clean water, sanitation or basic health care for the world’s most desperate people.


Dragonflies: The Flying Aces of the Insect World

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Stacey Combes, a biomechanist at Harvard University, and her team are studying how dragonflies pull off complicated aerial feats that include hunting and mating in mid-air.


Scientists Identify Microbes Responsible for Consuming Natural Gas in Deepwater Horizon Spill

In the results of a new study, scientists explain how they used DNA to identify microbes present in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the particular microbes responsible for consuming natural gas immediately after the spill.


World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary Declared in Central Pacific

The Republic of the Marshall Islands is now home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary. The Nitijela, the Marshallese parliament, unanimously passed legislation last week  that ends commercial fishing of sharks in all 1,990,530 square kilometers (768,547 square miles) of the central Pacific country’s waters, an ocean area four times the landmass of California.


Harvard Researchers Launch Healthy Eating Plate: Guide to Eating a Healthy Meal Based on Latest Science

Nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in conjunction with colleagues at Harvard Health Publications have unveiled the Healthy Eating Plate, a visual guide that provides a blueprint for eating a healthy meal.


Study Finds Grazing by Wild Animals Like Zebra Doesn't Always Harm, and May Help, Livestock Like Cattle

African ranchers often prefer to keep wild grazers like zebras off the grass that fattens their cattle. But a new study by Kenyan and University of California at Davis researchers shows that grazing by wild animals doesn't always harm, and may sometimes benefit, cattle.


Somalia: MSF Fighting Against Cholera, Measles, and Malnutrition

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently battling outbreaks of cholera and measles in and around the town of Marere in southern Somalia.


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