• The Blue Planet effect: why marine biology courses are booming

    SOURCE:  The Guardian/Helena Pozniak   Jan 12, 2018 Thanks in part to the BBC wildlife series, there has been a sea change in the popularity of marine biology courses and the study of the world’s oceans. When she was just 12 years old, an impressionable Cathy Lucas, now associate professor in marine biology at the […]

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  • As Britain bans microbeads, lawmakers urge more action on plastic

    SOURCE:  Reuters/Varsha Saraogi            Jan 8, 2018 LONDON, Jan 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A ban on plastic microbeads, used as exfoliants in toothpastes, face washes and shower gels that end up in the oceans, will come into force in Britain on Tuesday, but lawmakers said more needed to be done […]

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  • Soils reveal a hidden cost of farming, and fertilizers

    SOURCE:  Environmental Health News/Douglas Fischer   Dec 15, 2017 In one Montana ag basin, drinking wells test at twice the federal health standard for nitrate pollution. That’s a problem on many levels. Montana State researchers are working with farmers to solve it. For every ton of fertilizer farmers apply to fields in the United States, […]

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  • Where Are the Sharks? Scientists Use DNA Sampling to Find Out

    SOURCE:  PEW Charitable Trusts/Rebecca Goldburg        Dec 7, 2017 Scientists are estimating the relative abundance and diversity of shark species across vast stretches of the ocean with little more than a few plastic bottles filled with seawater. By analyzing environmental DNA (or eDNA), a relatively inexpensive and non-invasive technique, researchers can determine if […]

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  • Stress Test: New Study Finds Seals are Stressed-Out by Sharks

    SOURCE:  RSMAS/University of Miami    Dec 5, 2017 MIAMI—While a little added stress may be helpful to flee a dangerous situation, or to meet an approaching deadline, it’s no secret that prolonged exposure to the stress hormone cortisol is linked to health problems. So, what effects does stress have on animals in the wild that […]

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  • How opioids started killing Americans at the corner pharmacy

    SOURCE: Bloomberg/Natasha Rausch    Nov 28, 2017 A huge study of the epidemic’s acceleration shows most deaths began with a prescription. It’s been conventional wisdom for some time now that America’s opioid epidemic began at the pharmacy. Now there are numbers to put any doubt to rest. More than half of all people who succumbed […]

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  • Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Corals: Ancient Jewels Worth Protecting

    SOURCE:  Pew Charitable Trusts/Holly Binns  October 25, 2017 Some of the deep-sea corals in the Gulf of Mexico started growing when Rome still ruled an empire and Native Americans were constructing civilizations in the vast forests that would—centuries later—become the U.S. Southeast. For countless generations, these structure-forming animals have thrived in the cold, dark depths, […]

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  • Up to 1 in 5 Fish Sold Is Caught Illegally—and Other Surprising Illegal Fishing Facts

    SOURCE:  The Pew Charitable Trusts/Julie Janovsky    Nov 13, 2017 Our ocean is under assault from a battery of threats that are damaging ecosystems, depleting fish stocks, and changing the marine environment. One of those threats gets relatively little attention but is both serious and solvable: large-scale illegal fishing. Here are seven facts about this […]

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  • Taking A Page From Pharma’s Playbook To Fight The Opioid Crisis

    SOURCE:  California Healthline/Pauline Bartolone     Nov 8, 2017 Dr. Mary Meengs remembers the days, a couple of decades ago, when pharmaceutical salespeople would drop into her family practice in Chicago, eager to catch a moment between patients so they could pitch her a new drug. Now living in Humboldt County, Calif., Meengs is taking […]

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  • One short letter’s huge impact on the opioid epidemic

    By Nadia Kounang, CNN Updated 11:16 PM ET, Thu June 1, 2017 (CNN) Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Drug overdoses overall — most of them from opioid painkillers and heroin — are the leading cause of accidental death in the US, killing more people than guns or car accidents. In fact, while […]

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