Continuing Resolution 2.0

2017-12-11T16:07:56+00:00 December 11, 2017|

Why It Matters One of Congress’s major responsibilities is funding the federal government through the appropriations process. When this is not completed at the start of the fiscal year (October 1), it can lead to uncertainty and problems, such as delays on federal grant distribution, hiring freezes, and operational challenges at national parks, to [...]

Assailed As Tool Of Industry, EPA Administrator Pruitt Affirms Importance Of Science

2017-12-12T11:53:57+00:00 December 11, 2017|

(Credit: EPA) EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pushed back on criticism that his agency has bent to industry influence, telling a congressional committee Thursday that science remains “essential” to the promulgation of policies and regulations affecting the environment and public health. (From USA Today/ By Ledyard King) -- Several Democrats on the House Commerce [...]

Member Highlight: New Gene-based Model Suggests, For Microbes, It’s Not Who You Are But What You Do

2017-12-11T16:01:39+00:00 December 8, 2017|

(Credit: Pexels) Amazing diversity hides beneath the surface of the ocean where tiny microbes work busily; transforming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into oxygen, converting sunlight into energy, and breaking down nitrogen gas to serve as food. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researcher Victoria Coles and her team have developed [...]

Stressed-Out Narwhals Don’t Know Whether To Freeze Or Flee, Scientists Find

2017-12-08T14:12:41+00:00 December 8, 2017|

(Credit: Flip Nicklin/ Minden Pictures/Getty Images) Narwhals — the unicorns of the sea — show a weird fear response after being entangled in nets. Scientists say this unusual reaction to human-induced stress might restrict blood flow to the brain and leave the whales addled. (From NPR/ by Nell Greenfieldboyce) -- The narwhals swim hard and dive [...]

An App And Volunteer Army Are Improving Local Tidal Flood Forecasts

2017-12-08T09:04:41+00:00 December 8, 2017|

(Credit: Virginia Institute of Marine Science) Hundreds of people came out to map the king tides in coastal Virginia in November. Virginia Institute of Marine Science researcher Derek Loftis explains how that is helping the region better prepare as flooding worsens. (From Oceans Deeply/ by Jessica Leber) -- The king tide floods came on a [...]

Satellite Tracking Provides Clues About South Atlantic Sea Turtles’ ‘Lost Years’

2017-12-07T16:50:08+00:00 December 7, 2017|

(Credit: Projeto TAMAR) A University of Central Florida biologist whose groundbreaking work tracking the movements of sea turtle yearlings in the North Atlantic Ocean attracted international attention has completed a similar study in the South Atlantic with surprising results. (From Phys.org) -- South Atlantic sea turtles do not passively ride prevailing currents as historically assumed, [...]

Future Arctic Sea Ice Loss Could Dry Out California

2017-12-07T12:24:48+00:00 December 7, 2017|

(Credit: Graphic by Kathy Seibert/LLNL) Arctic sea ice loss of the magnitude expected in the next few decades could impact California's rainfall and exacerbate future droughts, according to new research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists. (From Science Daily)-- The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice cover observed over the satellite [...]

International Whale Shark Research Program Uses NASA Algorithm To Identify, Track Animals

2017-12-06T15:17:13+00:00 December 6, 2017|

Whale shark gliding off Sail Rock in the Gulf of Thailand. (Credit: iStockphoto/Dirk-Jan Mattaar) An international research project tracking whale sharks is being praised as a unique collaboration using 'citizen science' and NASA technology. (From ABC News Australia/By David Weber) -- The project relied on people sending in photos, taken over many years [...]

The Scallop Sees With Space-Age Eyes — Hundreds Of Them

2017-12-06T15:09:24+00:00 December 6, 2017|

Scallop (Credit: Ceri Jones/Haven Diving Services) It’s hard to see what’s so special about a scallop. It looks a lot like a clam, mussel or any other bivalve. Inside its hinged shell lurks a musclebound creature that’s best enjoyed seared in butter. (From New York Times/ By Carl Zimmer) -- But there’s something [...]

November’s Congressional Wrap Up

2017-12-14T11:05:25+00:00 December 4, 2017|

What Passed The budget reconciliation process was used for tax reform last month in both chambers. The House passed their tax reform plan (H.R. 1) along party lines, which included provisions to impose taxes on graduate student tuition waivers and to end deductions of amount paid on student loan interest. The Senate version, which [...]

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