DNR weekend reading: Sharks you can text, cheaper waste-heat energy, and other stories

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Some homeowners got an all-too-close view of the Whidbey Island Coupeville landslide last week. Photo: Isabelle Sarikhan/DNR, Stephen Slaughter/DNR. More landslide photos on Flickr

Here are links to articles about natural resources, climate, energy and other topics  published recently by universities, scientific journals, organizations, and other sources:

environment360: A Leading Marine Biologist Works to Create a ‘Wired Ocean’
Stanford University scientist Barbara Block heads a program that has placed satellite tags on thousands of sharks, bluefin tuna, and other marine predators to better understand their life cycles. Now, using data available on mobile devices, she hopes to enlist public support for protecting these threatened creatures

Scientific American: Shorter Winters Chip Away at New York State Logging Town’s Future
At least one third of logging occurs in winter, when frozen forests can bear the heavy equipment, but shorter winters and midwinter thaws are becoming more common. In danger are some of the 57,000 jobs in New York State’s forest-products industry, including up to 6,000 jobs working in the woods.

Science Daily: Soils in Newly Forested Areas Store Substantial Carbon That Could Help Offset Climate Change
Surface appearances can be so misleading: In most forests, the amount of carbon held in soils is substantially greater than the amount contained in the trees themselves, according to new research.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Homeowner Groups Can Support Native Species in Suburbia
A recent study suggests that well-managed development and landscaping, such as provided by homeowners associations, can support native wildlife and promote species diversity.

Rice University: Study: ‘Waste heat’ may economize CO2 capture
Rice University scientists have found that CO2 can be removed from power plant emissions more economically by using “waste” heat — low-grade steam that cannot be used to produce electricity. The find is significant because capturing CO2 with conventional technology is an energy-intensive process.

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