In a changing Arctic, a lone Coast Guard icebreaker maneuvers through ice and geopolitics

Read the full story in the Washington Post. Coast Guard Ensign Ryan Carpenter peered north through a front window of this 420-foot-long ship, directing its bright-red hull through jagged chunks of ice hundreds of miles north of Alaska. It was only the second time that Carpenter, 23, had driven the 16,400-ton USCGC Healy, one of …

Campus museums recreate ‘cabinet of natural history’ digitally

Read the full story from the University of Wisconsin. Hat tip to ResearchBuzz for the link. In 1849, the Board of Regents of the new University of Wisconsin directed the curation of the state’s plants, animals and minerals in a “cabinet of natural history.” Now, that founding piece of scientific inquiry is re-forming — digitally. …

Scientists compare soil microbes in no-till, conventional tilling systems of Pacific Northwest farms

Read the full post at Phys.org. In recent decades, growers have increasingly been adopting no-till farming to reduce soil erosion and decrease fuel, labor, and inputs. Wheat farmers of the inland Pacific Northwest, however, have been slower to adopt no-till, in part because—at least in the short term—they see more incidence of fungal soil-borne diseases …

USDA Wants More Bang for Conservation Bucks

Read the full story in Lancaster Farming. The federal government is always under pressure to use money wisely, and that’s certainly true with USDA’s conservation programs. “Just the fact that these are taxpayer dollars is enough of a reason to be cost-effective, but in terms of meeting program objectives, the more cost-effective a program is, …

What Happens to the Antarctic Ocean with 1 Degrees Celsius of Warming?

Read the full story in e360 Digest. Scientists have discovered “massive impacts” on marine life in the Antarctic Ocean when waters are warmed by 1 degree Celsius, including a doubling in growth of some species and a drop in overall biodiversity, according to a new study in the journal Current Biology.