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How a ‘shadow zone’ traps the world’s oldest ocean water

New research has revealed why the oldest water in the ocean in the North Pacific has remained trapped in a shadow zone around 2km below the sea surface for over 1000 years.

Mica provides clue to how water transports minerals

Chemists have been able to look at the interface between water and muscovite mica, a flat mineral commonly found in granite, soils and many sediments. In particular, the researchers looked at the capture and release of rubidium - a metal closely related to but more easily singled out than common elements like potassium and sodium.

Brazilian carnivorous mammal-like reptile fossil may be new Aleodon species

Some Late Triassic Brazilian fossils of mammal-like reptiles, previously identified as Chiniquodon, may in fact be the first Aleodon specimens found outside Africa.

Food additive key to environmentally friendly, efficient, plastic solar cells

An efficient, semi-printed plastic solar cell has now been created without the use of environmentally hazardous halogen solvents.

Gut microbes linked to immunotherapy response in melanoma patients

Patients with malignant melanoma - whose disease has spread - are more likely to respond to immunotherapy treatment if they had greater diversity in their gut bacteria, according to new research.

Outrageous heads led to outrageously large dinosaurs

Theropod dinosaur species with bony crests, horns and knobs evolved to giant body sizes 20 times faster than those species lacking such embellishments, new research has concluded.

Green tea ingredient may ameliorate memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity

A new study involving mice, suggests that EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant catechin and biologically active component in green tea, could alleviate high-fat and high-fructose (HFFD)-induced insulin resistance and cognitive impairment.

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

ATLANTA – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Source: https://www.epa.gov/

Urban warming slows tree growth, photosynthesis

New research finds that urban warming reduces growth and photosynthesis in city trees. The researchers found that insect pests are part of the problem, but that heat itself plays a more significant role.

Healthy Communities, Healthy Children – EPA Region 7 Observes Children’s Health Month in October

Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Source: https://www.epa.gov/

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