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Reawakened geyser does not foretell Yellowstone volcanic eruptions

Geyser eruptions, like volcanic eruptions, are a mystery, so the reactivation of Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone in 2018 provided an opportunity to explore why geysers turn off and on, and what determines their periodicity. Researchers found little evidence of magma moving below the geyser, meaning no sign of imminent hydrothermal eruptions, but did discover a…

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New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments

Cities only occupy about 3% of the Earth’s total land surface, but they bear the burden of the human-perceived effects of global climate change, researchers said. Global climate models are set up for big-picture analysis, leaving urban areas poorly represented. In a new study, researchers take a closer look at how climate change affects cities…

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Surprising news: Drylands are not getting drier

A new study shows the importance of long-term soil moisture changes and associated soil moisture-atmosphere feedbacks in future predictions of water availability in drylands. The researchers identified a long-term soil moisture regulation of atmospheric circulation and moisture transport that largely ameliorates the potential decline of future water availability in drylands, beyond that expected in the…

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Upcycling: New catalytic process turns plastic bags into adhesives

Only a small percentage of plastic bags and other polyethylene packaging is recycled because only low-value products can be made from this waste. Chemists have created a catalytic process that preserves the desirable properties of polyethylene while adding another attribute – stickiness – that increases the value of the recycled product. The adhesive polyethylene could…

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The most consumed species of mussels contain microplastics all around the world

“If you eat mussels, you eat microplastics.” This was already known to a limited extent about mussels from individual ocean regions. A new study reveals that this claim apparently holds true globally. The team investigated the microplastic load of four mussel species which are particularly often sold as food in supermarkets from twelve countries around…

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