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Princeton chemists discover a key to greener food production

Jessica Wong

Arguably the most important (if least well known) industrial advancement of the 20th century, the Haber-Bosch ammonia synthesis process essentially conquered food scarcity by creating the means to mass produce fertilizer — fertilizer then used to fortify food harvests around the world.

But the production of ammonia — the building block for ammonium nitrate fertilizer — generates a problematic byproduct down the line: carbon dioxide. Lots of it: more than two tons of carbon for every ton of fertilizer. It accounts for an estimated 1.4% of global carbon dioxide emissions. So, while the process countered mass starvation, it also began

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Discover Colorado and explore the highest elevation botanical garden in North America

Jessica Wong

VAIL, Colo – While Vail is known for its incredible skiing and world class outdoor recreation, it also happens to be home to the highest elevation botanical garden in North America. Situated at 8,200 feet, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens specializes in mountain and alpine plants native to Colorado and other alpine areas around the world.

“We also hold plants in this garden that are in no other places in the world, and that makes them very important plants. Particularly, if we find a plant that is going extinct in the wild, we have the opportunity here to propagate those plants

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Typical for Southern Residents to spend early summer elsewhere

Jessica Wong

Orca calf L125 swimming with its mother, Surprise. (Center for Whale Research)

The last few months have been marked by a noticeable disappearance of Southern Residents in the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.

For more than 100 days — up until a brief sighting this week in the San Juans — the J-pod of orcas was not seen in the area.

But Dr. Michael Weiss, a biologist at the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor, says this is not as drastic as it sounds — it actually follows the whales’ more recent movements.

“This is pretty typical for

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Researchers from the University of Maryland found a gene that helps tuberculosis turn off an important immune signaling system in infected human cells — ScienceDaily

Jessica Wong

When Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, infects a person, the body’s immune response is critical to how the disease will progress — either helping the body fight the bacterium or exacerbating the infection

University of Maryland researchers discovered a way that Mtb can cause a person’s immune cells to lower their defenses. Specifically, they identified a gene in the bacterium that suppresses immune defenses in infected human cells, which could exacerbate the infection.

This new finding may point to an effective target for a gene-based treatment or preventative therapy for tuberculosis, which sickens about 10 million people

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Plymouth Improvement Committee hosts E5C4P3 – The Journey Tribute concert | Life & Culture News

Jessica Wong

The Plymouth Improvement Committee will host a community event at Mary Fate Park on Thursday, August 5th to kick off festival week in Plymouth. The highlight of the evening will be a concert featuring – “E5C4P3 – The Journey Tribute” at 7:30 pm in the park.

The Cleveland-based group focuses on the Steve Perry era recreating the magic of a Journey concert like no other band can. With the largest following of any Journey tribute band in Ohio, the group covers the music of Journey with a note-for-note accuracy that is second to none and performs each show with the

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