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Climate models accurately simulate Pacific Northwest weather patterns

A new study led by Graham Taylor, a PhD student in Portland State’s Earth, Environment, and Society program and Paul Loikith, associate professor of geography at PSU, tested how well climate models represent large-scale weather patterns over the Pacific Northwest. Researchers from Oregon State University and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory also contributed to the study, …

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Endangered fruit-eating animals play an outsized role in a tropical forest; losing them could have dire consequences

The findings, published Oct. 12 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, indicate that a high number of plant species in today’s Atlantic Forest rely on endangered frugivores — the scientific term for animals that eat primarily fruit — to help disperse their seeds throughout the forest. As a result, losing those endangered frugivores …

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The entire planet’s ecosystems classified

The extensive collaboration includes the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which comprises about 1400 member organisations, including countries; the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management; the PLuS Alliance — Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW Sydney; and more than 100 specialist ecosystem scientists around the world. The study, published today in Nature, …

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Battery tech breakthrough paves way for mass adoption of affordable electric car

“The need for smaller, faster-charging batteries is greater than ever,” said Chao-Yang Wang, the William E. Diefenderfer Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State and lead author on the study. “There are simply not enough batteries and critical raw materials, especially those produced domestically, to meet anticipated demand.” In August, California’s Air Resources Board passed …

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Battery tech breakthrough paves way for mass adoption of affordable electric car

“The need for smaller, faster-charging batteries is greater than ever,” said Chao-Yang Wang, the William E. Diefenderfer Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State and lead author on the study. “There are simply not enough batteries and critical raw materials, especially those produced domestically, to meet anticipated demand.” In August, California’s Air Resources Board passed …

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