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Europe’s heatwaves offer a bleak vision of the future

Portugal, its rural Landscape of rolling hills dotted with olive trees and centuries-old stone villages turned into a landscape of fear this summer. When a heatwave began to sweep the country in early July, residents were forced to hide indoors as best they could behind drawn shutters, while outside the heat continued to burn out …

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The fungus that killed frogs – and led to a rise in malaria

Although Bd swept through Central America from the 1980s through the 2000s, it was only recently that the analysis showing its impact on human health could be conducted, says Michael Springborn, the paper’s lead author and a professor and environmental and resource economist at the U.C. Davis. “The data existed, but it wasn’t easy to …

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To understand brain diseases, let’s look at the astrocyte

That was slow. “We spent a lot of time, probably in the first few years, basically just working out the immunopanning and culturing the astrocytes,” Caldwell recalls. One challenge was to ensure the media contained few proteins to begin with – these would have interfered with their measurements. The scientists also had to ensure that …

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