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Study finds pesticide levels in WA breast milk lowest in world

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Murdoch University have found that levels of pesticides in breast milk have dropped significantly ...

Environmentally friendly invention may save soybean industry millions of dollars per year

MANHATTAN — If parasites want to get to soybeans, they'll have to go through Kansas State University researchers first. ...

Bacteria can make underground nuclear waste repositories safer

Naturally occurring bacteria could consume pent-up hydrogen gas in nuclear waste repositories to prevent radioactive leaks, say researchers at EPFL. ... Full story

Surfing the World for Microbes

Doctoral student Cliff Kapono sets out on an adventure to map the surfer microbiome ... Full story

New Technology Helps Pinpoint Sources of Water Contamination

Berkeley Lab develops better method of environmental monitoring using the PhyloChip, finds surprising results in Russian River watershed ... Full story

Tiny house villages may have big health benefits and challenges

MANHATTAN — Big health benefits may be hidden in tiny houses, according to two Kansas State University researchers. ... Full story

Antibiotics could be cut by up to a third, say dairy farmers

Nine in 10 dairy farmers participating in a new survey from the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RADBF) say that the farming industry must take a proactive lead in the battle against antibiotic resistance. Those questioned also think that over the next five years they could cut their own antibiotic use by almost a third in dry cow therapy and a fifth in clinical mastitis. ... Full story

Where You Live Shapes Your Immune System More than Your Genes

Like fingerprints, immune systems vary from person to person. And although we all inherit a unique set of genes that help us respond to infections, recent studies have found that our history and environment—like where and with whom we live—are responsible for 60% to 80% of the differences between individual immune systems, while genetics account for the rest. In a Review published September 29 in Trends in Immunology, three immunologists discuss the emerging science of what shapes our immune systems and how it might be applied. ... Full story

Game theory research reveals fragility of common resources

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – New research in game theory shows that people are naturally predisposed to over-use “common-pool resources” such as transportation systems and fisheries even if it risks failure of the system, to the detriment of society as a whole. ... Full story

Creating healthy cities one step at a time

A new series published in The Lancet, led by the University of Melbourne and featuring authors from leading global academic institutions, quantifies for the first time the health outcomes that could be gained through changes to urban design and the transport system ... Full story

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