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Study shows diversity of habitat needed around spotted owl reserves
(Point Blue Conservation Science) New study shows birds of conservation concern avoiding 1000-acre California Spotted Owl reserves in Lassen and Plumas National Forests. More diversity of habitat is needed for these species outside the old-growth reserves.

Audubon Society honors Apelian for promoting sustainable stewardship of Earth's resources
(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Diran Apelian, Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the Audubon Society's Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal. Administered by the American Association of Engineering Societies, the medal recognizes individuals who encourage cooperation between engineering professionals and environmentalists to create innovative solutions to environmental problems. Apelian was honored for articulating and promoting an inspiring vision of sustainable stewardship of the Earth's resources.

Megacity metabolism: Is your city consuming a balanced diet?
(University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering) New York is an energy hog, London and Paris use relatively less resources and Tokyo conserves water like a pro. These are just a few of the findings from a new study on 'megacity metabolism' -- the world's first comprehensive survey of resources used and removed in each of the world's 27 largest metropolitan areas.

The chemistry of The Avengers (video)
(American Chemical Society) Science fans, assemble! On May 1, the worlds top superhero team is back to save the day in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron.' This week, Reactions looks at the chemistry behind these iconic heroes' gear and superpowers, including Tony Stark's suit, Captain Americas shield and more. Check out the video here:

Silicon: An important element in rice production
(Pensoft Publishers) Recent research showed that, although long neglected by ecologists, silicon is in fact beneficial for the growth of many plants, including major crops such as rice, wheat and barley. Researchers from the interdisciplinary LEGATO project on sustainable rice production look in more detail at the Si cycle in contrasting regions of Vietnam and the Philippines to provide insights on the importance of this element on rice production.

New study shows parrotfish are critical to coral reef island building
(University of Exeter) As well as being a beautiful species capable of changing its colour, shape and even gender, new research published today shows that parrotfish, commonly found on healthy coral reefs, can also play a pivotal role in providing the sands necessary to build and maintain coral reef islands.

UT research uncovers lakes, signs of life under Antarctica's dry valleys
(University of Tennessee at Knoxville) Many view Antarctica as a frozen wasteland. Turns out there are hidden interconnected lakes underneath its dry valleys that could sustain life and shed light on ancient climate change. Jill Mikucki, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, microbiology assistant professor, was part of a team that detected extensive salty groundwater networks in Antarctica using a novel airborne electromagnetic mapping sensor system called SkyTEM.

Scientists discover salty aquifer, previously unknown microbial habitat under Antarctica
(Dartmouth College) Using an airborne imaging system for the first time in Antarctica, scientists have discovered a vast network of unfrozen salty groundwater that may support previously unknown microbial life deep under the coldest, driest desert on our planet. The findings shed new light on ancient climate change on Earth and provide strong evidence that a similar briny aquifer could support microscopic life on Mars.

Partially logged rainforests could be emitting more carbon than previously thought
(Imperial College London) Global carbon emissions from forests could have been underestimated because calculations have not fully accounted for the dead wood from logging.

NASA's ISS-RapidScat wind data proving valuable for tropical cyclones
(NASA/Johnson Space Center) The ISS-RapidScat instrument has been in orbit seven months, and forecasters are already finding this new eye-in-the-sky helpful as they keep watch on major storms around the globe.

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