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Release of ancient methane due to changing climate kept in check by ocean waters

Ocean sediments are a massive storehouse for the potent greenhouse gas methane. But methane only acts as a greenhouse gas if and when it reaches the atmosphere. Environmental scientists recently set out to discover whether or not this ancient-sourced methane, which is released due to warming ocean waters, survives the journey from the seafloor and reaches the atmosphere.

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Researchers explore psychological effects of climate change

While some people have little anxiety about the Earth’s changing climate, others are experiencing high levels of stress, and even depression, based on their perception of the threat of global climate change, researchers found. Psychological responses to climate change seem to vary based on what type of concern people show for the environment, with those highly concerned about the planet’s animals and plants experiencing the most stress.

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Prospective birth control pill for men has its origin in an arrow poison

Women have many options for oral contraceptives that are safe, effective and reversible, but despite decades of research, men have none. Now, scientists report a rat study that shows they finally have a good lead for a male birth control pill. It’s based on ouabain, a plant extract that African warriors and hunters traditionally used as a heart-stopping poison on their arrows.

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Graphene flexes its muscle

Crumpling reduces rigidity in an otherwise stiff material, making it less prone to catastrophic failure.

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Shell buys stake in solar developer Silicon Ranch

Firm is among European oil and gas firms turning to renewables to diversify earnings sources

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Why we keep difficult people in our lives

Chances are someone in your life causes a lot of tension and stress. Difficult relationships are common and hard to evade. New research suggests that difficult people are likely to be found in contexts where people have less freedom to pick and choose their associates. Often it’s family and co-workers – people you’re stuck with, either because you need them or because you can’t ignore them — making it difficult to cut the cord.

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Self-healing fungi concrete could provide sustainable solution to crumbling infrastructure

A new self-healing fungi concrete could help repair cracks in aging concrete permanently, and help save America’s crumbling infrastructure.

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Novel candidate for antidepressant treatment

A recent article explores how a protein named CK2 could play a key role in the formulation of new antidepressants that work more efficiently and faster for more people.

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Scientists on the road to discovering impact of urban road dust

In an attempt to better understand the urban environment and its components, scientists have discovered that sunlight causes chemical reactions in the dust found on Edmonton roads.

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Reimbursing ranchers for livestock killed by predators supports conservation efforts

Alberta’s predator compensation program offsets costs of conserving wildlife habitat on private lands in the province.

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