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Pete Ricketts, the governor of Nebraska, has fired a first shot in what looks to be a water war with neighboring Colorado. Last week, he announced his intention to construct a $500 million canal to ensure his state gets water he says it’s entitled to. Ricketts says developments planned in Colorado threaten his state, although he wasn't specific and might be referring to proposed ideas rather than actual approved projects.
Work begins in the 1890s on the initial Perkins County Canal project. | Photo courtesy: Perkins County Historical Society
A gene that causes bacteria to be resistant to Colistin—one of the world’s most important antibiotics—has been detected in sewer water in Georgia. Colistin is a medication of last resort for treating serious infections when other drugs fail.
Researcher Issmat Kassem, pictured to the right of research professional Miranda Barr, has discovered a gene that causes bacteria in Georgia sewer water to be resistant to antibiotics. | (Submitted photo)
It was hot last year. According to a new analysis by NASA, Earth’s global average surface temperature in 2021 tied 2018 as the sixth warmest on record. Collectively, the past eight years have been the hottest since recordkeeping began in 1880.
Areas with with brighter red coloration have lost more climate-tracking seed dispersal function. Areas with brighter blue coloration stand to lose more of their remaining seed dispersal function if endangered species there go extinct. | Credit: Fricke et al., 2022, CC BY-ND
A cup of coffee in the morning can jump-start your day, but the grounds left over could soon put a spring in your step. A company in Finland is making sneakers out of coffee waste.