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Using the spread of infectious diseases as a model, a University of Utah researcher has shone new light on how humans first settled the islands of the Pacific some 3,500 years ago. Read about what his discoveries on EurekAlert! here.

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Public Release: 24-Mar-2015
Journal of Great Lakes Research
Disturbingly little known about microbeads and plastics in the Great Lakes
National Democratic Party Member of Parliament Megan Leslie is calling on the Canadian government to list microbeads, tiny plastic flakes used in cosmetics, as a potential toxic substance. Health Canada claims the beads are safe for use as an additive, but Leslie says they pose a danger to the aquatic environment. Researchers at the University of Waterloo are warning that microbeads and plastic debris of all sizes could be a bigger environmental problem for the Great Lakes than previously thought.
Canada Excellence Research Chair Program

Contact: Nick Manning
University of Waterloo

Public Release: 24-Mar-2015
Top Indian and US scientists share Tyler Prize for work in changing environmental policy
The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement Executive Committee today named the Honorable Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., of Oregon State University, and Madhav Gadgil, Ph.D., of Goa University, as the recipients of the 2015 Tyler Prize for their leadership and engagement in the development of conservation and sustainability policies in the United States, India and internationally.

Contact: Nick Seaver
Burness Communications

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
Natural Hazards
New research predicts a doubling of coastal erosion by mid-century in Hawai'i
Chronic erosion dominates the sandy beaches of Hawai'i, causing beach loss as it damages homes, infrastructure, and critical habitat. Researchers have long understood that global sea level rise will affect the rate of coastal erosion. However, new research from scientists at the University of Hawaii - Manoa and the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources indicates that coastal erosion of Hawai'i's beaches may double by mid-century.
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, US Geological Survey Pacific Islands Climate Science Center

Contact: Marcie Grabowski
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
Nature Communications
Surviving in hostile territory
Many strange creatures live in the deep sea, but few are odder than archaea, primitive single-celled bacteria-like microorganisms.

Contact: Julie Cohen
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Nathan over Australia's Top End
Tropical Cyclone Nathan moved from Queensland, Australia west across the Gulf Carpentaria and is now crossing The Top End. NASA's Aqua and Terra satellite provided a day-to-day look at Nathan's western journey.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Ascension of marine diatoms linked to vast increase in continental weathering
A team of researchers, including Rensselaer professor Morgan Schaller, has used mathematical modeling to show that continental erosion over the last 40 million years has contributed to the success of diatoms, a group of tiny marine algae that plays a key role in the global carbon cycle.

Contact: Mary Martialay
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
NASA catches the 2-day life of Tropical Cyclone Reuben
Tropical Cyclone Reuben formed on Sunday, March 21, at 22:35 UTC in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and by March 23 was already dissipating. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Reuben when it was in the prime of its life on March 22.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Skin microbiome may hold answers to protect threatened gold frogs from lethal fungus
Researchers discovered new information about the relationship between symbiotic microbial communities and amphibian disease resistance.

Contact: Lindsay Taylor Key
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
Nature Climate Change
Atlantic Ocean overturning found to slow down already today
The Atlantic overturning is one of Earth's most important heat transport systems, pumping warm water northwards and cold water southwards. Also known as the Gulf Stream system, it is responsible for the mild climate in northwestern Europe. Scientists now found evidence for a slowdown of the overturning -- multiple lines of observation suggest that in recent decades, the current system has been weaker than ever before in the last century, or even in the last millennium.

Contact: PIK Press Office
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Public Release: 20-Mar-2015
Squid enrich their DNA 'blueprint' through prolific RNA editing
RNA editing of genomic information was thought to be sparingly used, based on a limited number of studies in mammals and flies. But recently, MBL Whitman Investigator Joshua Rosenthal and colleagues discovered the most prolific usage yet of RNA editing in the common squid, Doryteuthis pealeii, a behaviorally sophisticated marine organism that has long been prized for studies of the nervous system.
European Research Council, Israel Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Marine Biological Laboratory, and others

Contact: Diana Kenney
Marine Biological Laboratory

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