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30-year Trends that Encourage Bay of Bengal Cyclones
The intensity of post-monsoon tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal has increased over the 30-year period from 1981-2010, found scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Atlanta Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. The culprit? Trending increases in certain environmental conditions that brew up these storms: increased sea surface and upper ocean temperatures and atmospheric instability.
Scientists find 30-year trends in conditions that ripen Bay of Bengal tropical cyclones
Mapping Molecules in the Human Lung
Molecular atlas could reduce mortality in premature infants caused by undeveloped lungs
A team of PNNL scientists will perform an unprecedented, systematic study, mapping the molecular components of normal lung development during late term and early childhood. They recently were awarded $4.5 million over 5 years by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to develop a molecular atlas of the developing human lung (LungMAP). Lung development from 4 months before birth through 2 years of age is crucial to the lifelong health of an individual and remains the critical factor in newborn viability. However, little is known of human lung development at this critical period. Thus, expanding understanding of early human lung development is key to promoting proper lung formation in preterm infants and has significant implications toward reducing their high mortality rate.