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  • FPL engineer Bob Falk talks tornado safe rooms with the Discovery Channel.
    Shelter from the Storm Discovery Channel Canada recently spent a day at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to film a segment on Bob Falk's tornado safe room research. Falk, a research general engineer at FPL, is developing plans for a do-it-yourself tornado safe room made from commodity lumber. His research, which involves shooting 2x4 lumber from an air cannon at 100 mph, was featured on the show Daily Planet and the results are a blast.

  • Nanoscale research confirms cellulose products' cement hydration capacity Nanocrystals extracted from cellulose microfibrils structures that give plants and trees strength and resilience can increase concrete tensile strength up to 30 percent by creating tiny water inlets in a matrix and promoting more efficient cement hydration.

  • UMass graduate student Aaron Hulsey carries an antenna up Hogback Mountain Monday. Hulsey is leading a two-year research project to track the migration of song birds up the Connecticut River Valley.
    Hogback Mountain antenna tracks migrating birds Hogback Mountain conservation group helps with song bird study One and only: This is the first inland system for tracking migrating birds.

  • Chinook salmon spawning in Idaho
    Meager snows spell trouble ahead for salmon Dan Isaak, a fisheries scientist at the U.S. Forest Service, and others predict that when salmon swim up western rivers to spawn this summer, their eggs and young will perish in shallow, warm water. That could threaten already meager endangered stocks, particularly in California's Central Valley, which faced similar disastrous conditions last summer.

  • A biological technician samples sagebrush in western Wyoming — an effort that reveals important characteristics such as canopy cover, shrub height and diversity and abundance of forbs for sage dependent wildlife including the greater sage-grouse and pronghorn.
Image Credit: Mary M. Rowland
    Sound Solutions for Habitat Monitoring To help managers dial in on habitats, the U.S. Forest Service recently released a technical guide for monitoring wildlife habitat (Rowland and Vojta 2013) - one in a series of USFS technical guides

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