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OSU study yields a first in fossil research: Seeds sprouting from an amber-encased pine cone
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In his ongoing research of specimens preserved in amber, George Poinar has made the fascinating discovery of a 40 million year old pine cone with embryonic stems emerging from it.

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How the ‘Dune’ science-fiction saga parallels the real science of Oregon’s dunes
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Rebecca Mostow discusses parallels between the science fiction desert planet of Arrakis in the "Dune" novels and sand dune management along the Oregon Coast.

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‘Mystery spider’ stirs curiosity among C.O. residents; biologist provides its identity
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An unusual spider has stirred curiosity in Central Oregon, so NewsChannel 21 reached out to Chris Marshall to find out what it is.

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Oregon State fossil research leads to first description of grass in Baltic amber
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George Poinar has made the first identification of grass in fossilized tree resin from the Baltic region.

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Ocean hypoxia off Pacific Northwest coast more troubling than ever, experts say
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According to Francis Chan and collaborators, hypoxia off the Pacific Northwest coast is as bad as it's been at any point in 2021.

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