Low-severity wildfires impact soils more than previously believed

Low-severity wildland fires and prescribed burns have long been presumed by scientists and resource managers to be harmless to soils, but this may not be the case, new research shows. According to two new studies, low-severity burns cause damage to soil structure and organic matter in ways that are not immediately apparent after a fire.
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Sucralose produces previously unidentified metabolites

Sucralose, a widely used artificial sweetener sold under the trade name Splenda®, is metabolized in the gut, producing at least two fat-soluble compounds, according to a recent study using rats. The finding differs from the studies used to garner regulatory approval for sucralose, which reported that the substance was not broken down in the body.
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Previously undisclosed TSA program tracks unsuspecting passengers

  1. Previously undisclosed TSA program tracks unsuspecting passengers  CNN
  2. TSA surveillance program criticized for tracking American citizens  CBS News
  3. Air marshals have conducted secret in-flight monitoring of US passengers for years  Washington Post
  4. ‘Quiet Skies’ TSA Surveillance Program Targets Americans Without Warrant  NPR
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Update: Laughing Chicago Cubs Guy Previously Helped Little Kid Get a Ball, Actually

  1. Update: Laughing Chicago Cubs Guy Previously Helped Little Kid Get a Ball, Actually  Daily Beast
  2. Taking a ball from a little kid is a bad look. But did social media get it wrong?  Chicago Tribune
  3. Sounds Like Everyone Should Lay Off That Cubs Fan Who “Stole” A Baseball From A Kid  Deadspin
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Salamanders show more resistance to global warming than previously believed

The southern Appalachian Mountains are home to 10 percent of global salamander diversity. But current predictions indicate that 70 to 85 percent of this habitat will become unsuitable for salamanders by 2080 due to rising temperatures caused by climate change. Scientists shows that this extinction risk might be overestimated, because previous research largely ignored the salamanders’ abilities to acclimate. Researchers now project that plasticity reduces extinction risk by up to 72 percent.
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This major Facebook bug may have unblocked people you previously blocked

  1. This major Facebook bug may have unblocked people you previously blocked  Mashable
  2. Facebook apologizes for yet another privacy screw-up  BGR
  3. Facebook bug randomly unblocked some users from people’s block lists  The Verge
  4. Facebook’s latest screw-up unblocked people from users’ blocked lists  Quartz
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Trump administration may seek to detain migrant families longer than previously allowed

  1. Trump administration may seek to detain migrant families longer than previously allowed  Washington Post
  2. Feds: Decades-old court decree allows family immigration detention  Politico
  3. Trump administration tells judge it needs flexibility to keep immigrant families in long-term detention  Los Angeles Times
  4. After the policy of child separation, it should be clear we need a plan on immigration and we need it fast  Dallas News
  5. Brazilian mom, son separated at US-Mexican border reunited after she sues  CBS News
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