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Biologists came up with the idea of a "portfolio effect" more than 15 years ago, as a useful model — borrowed from finance — to explain the relationship between diversity and stability in living systems. The more species there are in an ecosystem, the more stable...

source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Ever notice an earthy smell in the air after a light rain? Now scientists at MIT believe they may have identified the mechanism that releases this aroma, as well as other aerosols, into the environment. Using high-speed cameras, the researchers observed that when a raindrop...

source: MIT via EurekAlert

You might think twice before tossing a piece of plastic into the garbage rather than a recycling bin when you hear how deadly marine debris, such as floating plastic, is to whales, dolphins and other sea creatures. According to a 2014 report published in the journal Marine...

source: Nature World News

In the San Francisco Bay, levels of one class of flame retardants have fallen over the past decade, according to a new study. The data on the highly controversial polybrominated diphenyl ethers suggest that policies restricting use of...

source: Scientific American

The level of a diabetes drug in Lake Michigan has reached to the extent where it could hurt the endocrine systems of fish, researchers have warned. A team of researchers with the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee...

source: Uncover Michigan

To honor a former faculty member and environmental toxicology research leader, the School of Pharmacy has created the William H. Benson Distinguished Graduate Student Award. The award will recognize the most outstanding graduate student in environmental toxicology each year....

source: The University of Mississippi


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