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Researchers analyze how climate change in Arctic relates to Greenland ice sheet

Climate change is currently one of the biggest issues that our world faces today.  Its effects have been far-reaching, going so far as to cause Greenland's ice sheet to begin melting, said Asa Rennermalm, an associate professor in the Department of Geography. The Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of glacial ice in the world, with an area of 1.71 million square kilometers and a volume of 2.85 million cubic kilometers according to the Arctic Report Card written by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The research project is based on how climate change in the Arctic relates to the Greenland ice sheet, she said.  “Greenland has been a part of my interest since I was an undergrad (when) I went to Greenland and did a research project there” she said.

A woman walks up a hill in Millennium Park during blizzard conditions in Chicago, Illinois, February 1, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young

Experts study global warming concerns after Juno

In the wake of the underwhelming winter storm Juno that just passed, the wrongly predicted weather event sparked a discussion about how global warming impacts weather and consequently, other environmental concerns such as agriculture. Global warming involves the output of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, where these gases trap heat acting like a blanket to slowly warm the planet.


Rutgers student creates agent to clear biological tissues

A company students started has now been sold to more than 100 universities, and the founders are currently meeting with pharmaceutical companies to advance their product. Visikol is a new brand of clearing agent that has been gaining attention for its ability to clear all kinds of biological tissues from plants to animals, said Tom Villani, the product’s creator.

The newly discovered plant, Gigantus 1, contains a protein that helps influence crop yield.

Researchers discover new plant gene to control growth

A group of researchers at Rutgers-Camden announced in February the discovery of a new plant gene they called Gigantus 1, which influences yields from important food crops, such as rice and corn. The researchers found GTS1, a member of the WD-40 protein family, that controls seed germination, growth and biomass accumulation in plants. 

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