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Ohio State engineers Bharat Bhushan (left) and Gregory Bixler (right). To Combat Biological Build-up, Engineers Look to Nature for Inspiration
Rice leaves and butterfly wings provide insight into nature's best self-cleaning surfaces
Released  January 23, 2013
Research area in Gordon Gulch, Colo. High-peak Creeks, Forest Fires and Landscape Erosion: Could They Be Linked?
Colorado's Boulder Creek watershed: Where rushing streams, raging blazes and the Rockies meet
Released  January 14, 2013
photo of Ann Graybiel Exploring the Brain's Relationship to Habits
Research may impact development of treatments for movement disorders such as Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, as well as conditions such as autism
Released  January 14, 2013
A scanning electron micrograph of fungus Nodulisporium sp. Harnessing Plant-Invading Fungi for Fuel
As gas prices rise around the world, researchers are seeking a potential solution from endophytic fungi
Released  January 8, 2013
Fish and corals. Life in the Fast Lane: Racing to Identify Species As Biodiversity Shrinks
A conversation about conserving and naming species
Released  January 4, 2013
Woman cooking over an open fire Cooking Up Clean Air in Africa
Reducing air pollution and meningitis risk in Ghana
Released  January 3, 2013
Robbosquirrel, the robotic squirrel. Snake Tales
Scientists use high-tech methods to interpret tail signals from squirrel prey to rattlesnake predators
Released  December 17, 2012
Photo of biodegradable packaging material, made from mushroom and agricultural waste. Eco-friendly Company Introduces Nature’s Packing Peanuts
Mushroom mycelium is an alternative to plastics and foams
Released  December 11, 2012
Photo of two computers and a terrestrial robot swarm Studying Evolution in Action
Researchers apply biological and digital approaches to better understand underlying factors
Released  November 29, 2012
Photo of a man examining water for infectious snails in coastal Kenya. Snails in the Waters, Disease in the Villages
Treatment for snail-borne schistosomiasis works best over the long haul
Released  November 19, 2012
Photo of a bobcat making its way through snow in Colorado. Cool Cat in a Hot Zone
Urban bobcats pick up diseases from humans, not the reverse
Released  November 5, 2012
Photo of a scientist researching soil in a forested area. Science on the Graveyard Shift
Discovering what gets buried and how
Released  October 31, 2012
Photo of multiple bats in a cave in Trinidad. The Night Life: Why We Need Bats All the Time--Not Just on Halloween
Researchers are identifying the important ecological and economic contributions of bats, gleaning lessons from incredible bat abilities that may advance technology, and helping to battle a new fatal bat epidemic
Released  October 31, 2012
Image of maple leaves on the ground with their fall colors. The Colors of Fall: Are Autumn Reds and Golds Passing Us By?
Climate change, land-use change, introduced pests and diseases altering fall foliage
Released  September 25, 2012
Photo of Acropora coral on NSF's Moorea Coral Reef LTER site. Tropical Reefs Surviving Environmental Stresses: Corals' Choice of Symbiotic Algae May Hold the Key
Corals that host fewer species of algae are less sensitive to disturbances
Released  August 29, 2012
Photo of a moose in the water on the shoreline of Isle Royale. From Lake to Land, in a Land of Lakes
Moose act as conduits of nitrogen between water bodies and the edges of lakes, ponds
Released  August 17, 2012
Illustration of satellite and ground-based systems monitoring snowmelt and water in the Sierra. A Tree Stands in the Sierra Nevada
A coniferous view of the link between snowmelt and water supplies in the U.S. West
Released  August 7, 2012
Photo of spiny shrubs in foreground, mountains in background, in Chile's Bosque de Fray Jorge Park. Into the Matorral: Scientists Track Avifauna in Coastal Chile's Thorn-Scrub
Researchers discover ecological role of bird life in a biodiversity hotspot
Released  July 26, 2012
Photo of a stream with boulders in the streambed. Acid Rain: Scourge of the Past or Trend of the Present?
New connection between climate change and acidification of Northeast's forests and streams
Released  July 25, 2012
Photo of Lyndie Hice and Glenn Wagner seining for Atlantic silversides near Cape Hatteras. Where North Meets South in the Sea
Small fish adapt to cold, warm water temperatures along 2,000 miles of Atlantic Coast
Released  July 24, 2012
Photo of seaweed washed up on a beach. All Washed Up and Somewhere to Go
Seaweed on beaches is an ecological treasure trove
Released  July 20, 2012
Photo of flowers and buds on rockcress in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It's Wildflower Season on Mountain Peaks, But Alpine Plants May Soon Miss the Date
Study conducted over 38 years shows one species' timing has shifted by 13 days
Released  July 11, 2012
Photo of the submersible Alvin collecting samples from The Deep. Hitchhiker's Guide to The Deep
Creatures of the abyss invade surface world
Released  June 8, 2012
Image of a Queen of Spades card. Queen of Spades Key to New Evolutionary Hypothesis
Microscopic ocean plankton mimic card also known as the Black Queen
Released  May 10, 2012
Photo of Lucille Tower examining a vine maple. Nature Observation Database Receives One-Millionth Entry
Key database monitoring climate change received its one-millionth report from a network of "citizen scientists"
Released  May 3, 2012
Photo of vessels and platforms responding to the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. Gulf Oil Spill: Scientists Develop New Model for Deep-water Oil Spills
Call for a "whole new type" of marine ecology
Released  April 20, 2012
Photo of a student observing patterns of flowering and pollinators. Novel Answer to That Perennial "Earth Day" Question: "What Can I Do to Help?"
Groups of citizen scientists are making pivotal contributions to research on the Earth, its place in the universe and other natural phenomena
Released  April 19, 2012
Photo of fog over the cloud forest in Ecuador's Oyacachi watershed. Earth Week: A Stream Is a Stream Is a Stream: Or Is It?
Scientists ford high-mountain waterways in North, South America to find out
Released  April 16, 2012
Image of a stream flowing through a forest in the H.J. Andrews LTER site. Long-term Ecological Research Reveals Causes and Consequences of Environmental Change
New insights as NSF Long Term Ecological Research Network reflects on three decades of science
Released  April 6, 2012
A dot on a map of the United States, Cherokee Marsh in Wisconsin is central to the Yahara watershed. Cry Me a River: Following a Watershed's Winding Path to Sustainability
National Science Foundation "Water, Sustainability and Climate" award fosters new view of urban rivers, lakes
Released  March 9, 2012

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