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Structure of propagating high-stress fronts in a shear-thickening suspension

These results elucidate the complex structures associated with shear thickening and show that nonaffine flow, concentration fluctuations, and fluid migration are integral to the generation of high stresses.

August 1, 2022

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Mitigating climate disruption in time: A self-consistent approach for avoiding both near-term and long-term global warming

This study clarifies the need for comprehensive CO2 and non-CO2 mitigation approaches to address both near-term and long-term warming. Pairing decarbonization with mitigation measures targeting non-CO2 pollutants is essential for limiting not only the near-term (next 25 y) warming but also the 2100 warming below 2 °C.

May 23, 2022

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Climate change increases cross-species viral transmission risk

Climate and land use change will produce novel opportunities for viral sharing among previously geographically-isolated species of wildlife. In some cases, this will facilitate zoonotic spillover—a mechanistic link between global environmental change and disease emergence. Here, we simulate potential hotspots of future viral sharing.

April 28, 2022

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