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a barnacle in a jar
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Sonia Fernandez
Sessile creatures like this barnacle were the key to determining when the oil pipeline was compromised, an event that eventually led to the oil spill

How Marine Science Institute researchers helped solve the 2021 Huntington Beach oil spill

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aerial shot of North Atlantic right whale and calf
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NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center/Lisa Conger and Elizabeth Josephson
North Atlantic right whale mother and calf as seen from a research drone called a hexacopter
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a photo cradle attached to the rail of steps leading to beach
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Sonia Fernandez
The CoastSnap cradle on the steps to East Campus Beach
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Waves crash on a revetment protecting houses along Broad Beach, Malibu.
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Charles Lester
The ocean is advancing on California, and we need to determine how we will respond.
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the cellular development of an embryonic tooth
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Neha Pincha Shroff and Pengfei Xu
Tooth epithelium (cell surface; yellow) and mesenchyme (cell surface; magenta). Proliferating cells (cyan) expand the tissue, generating a mechanical pressure at the tissue center that drives the formation of the main tooth signaling center or organizer, the enamel knot.
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A large field of sunflowers near Sacramento.
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Tfoxfoto via iStock
Tweaks to farming practices could preserve some of California’s declining water resources.
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A tractor sprays a soybean field in spring.
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Fotokostic vi iStock
Organic farming practices can increase pesticide use in neighboring, non-organic fields.
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Wind turbines behind solar panels at sunset
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iStock \ hrui
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A chiton sits among algae on a rock.
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Marcelo Rojas González via iNaturalist
The shell of the variable tonicia is covered in complex, image-forming eyes.
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Beijing’s Forbidden City lies shrouded in industrial smog.
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Holger Kleine via iStock
China’s infamous air pollution affects its citizens’ minds as well as their bodies.