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Scientists Watch Enormous Iceberg Drift

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier. Don’t worry: it’s more a wonder than a worry and is not a threat to shipping or sea level rise.

Rainforest Survey May Aid Carbon Offset Schemes

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Leeds | News | Comments

Researchers studying the Amazon Basin have revealed unprecedented details of the size, age and...

Shifting Sea Level Influenced Galapagos' Diversity

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Inside Science News Service, Ker Than | News | Comments

A new study suggests that rising and falling sea levels played a key role in the distribution of...

How to Avoid Fracking Industry Water Woes

April 23, 2014 12:03 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

The shale gas boom has transformed the energy landscape in the U.S., but in some drier locations...

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Mineral Highlights Nature's Infinite Variability

April 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

A mineralogy researcher has discovered a new mineral that is unique in structure and composition among the world's 4,000 known mineral species.

Research Sheds Light on Formation of the Andes

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Rochester | News | Comments

Scientists have long been trying to understand how the Andes and other broad, high-elevation mountain ranges were formed. New research shows that the Altiplano plateau in the central Andes— and most likely the entire mountain range— was formed through a series of rapid growth spurts.

Team Improves Understanding of Valley-wide Stream Chemistry

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

A geostatistical approach for studying environmental conditions in stream networks and landscapes has been successfully applied at a valley-wide scale to assess headwater stream chemistry at high resolution, revealing unexpected patterns in natural chemical components.


Image of the Week: There is No Biodiversity Crisis

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of St Andrews | News | Comments

A study has found that— despite fears of a biodiversity crisis— there has, in fact, not been a consistent drop in numbers of species found locally around the world.

‘Impact Glass’ Stores Ancient Bio-data

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Brown Univ. | News | Comments

Asteroid and comet impacts can cause widespread ecological havoc, killing off plants and animals on regional or even global scales. But, new research shows that impacts can also preserve the signatures of ancient life at the time of an impact.

Ancient Landscape Exists Beneath Greenland's Ice

April 18, 2014 12:50 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

Some of the landscape underlying the massive Greenland ice sheet may have been undisturbed for 2.7 million years, ever since the island became completely ice-covered, according to researchers.

Asian Pollution Affects World’s Weather

April 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

The first study that combines different scales into one model to simulate the effects of Asian pollution on the Pacific storm track has shown that the pollution can influence weather over much of the world. These results show that using multiple scales in one model greatly improves the accuracy of climate simulations.

Credit Card-sized Anthrax Detector Aids Agriculture

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Bacillus anthracis, the bacteria that causes anthrax, is commonly found in soils all over the world and can cause serious, often fatal, illness in both humans and animals. Now, a credit card-sized anthrax detection cartridge makes testing safer, easier, faster and cheaper.


Satellites Can Monitor Volcanoes

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Sophie Bushwick | News | Comments

Predicting when a volcano will blow its top takes constant monitoring. Researchers are now looking to satellites as a valuable eye in the sky, since they can observe the ground around volcanoes for signs of deformation.

System Disruption May Release Huge Amounts of Methane

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by European Association of Geochemistry | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that humic substances act as fully regenerable electron acceptors which helps explain why large amount of methane are held in wetlands instead of being released to the atmosphere. However, there are worries that if this system is disrupted it may release large amounts of methane back into the atmosphere.

Book Aims to Guide Decisions on Shale Gas

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Cornell Univ. | News | Comments

A new book attempts to offer a reader-friendly, unbiased, scientific guide needed to make well-informed decisions regarding energy use and, more specifically, hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale.

‘Global Soundscapes Day’ to Record Sounds of Earth

April 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers are collaborating around the globe for a special Earth Day experience on Tuesday, April 22, designed to capture up to 1 million natural sound recordings and upload them for preservation.

Reservoir to Flush Millions of Gallons Because of Urine

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Steven DuBois | News | Comments

Portland officials say they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water, for the second time in less than three years, because someone urinated into a city reservoir.


Forensic Genomics Solves Sea Snail Death Mystery

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by UC Davis | News | Comments

In August 2011, thousands of dead red abalone washed up on the beaches of Sonoma County in Northern California. At the time, the cause was unknown. Now, scientists, using a new approach called forensic genomics, have learned that a harmful algal bloom was to blame: the causative agent Yessotoxin.

Coffee is Getting Less Green

April 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Univ. of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

The proportion of land used to cultivate shade grown coffee, relative to the total land area of coffee cultivation, has fallen by nearly 20 percent globally since 1996. Researchers say the global shift toward a more intensive style of coffee farming is probably having a negative effect on the environment, communities and individual farmers.

Researchers Study Volcanoes with Man-made Explosions

April 16, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Robin Andrews | Videos | Comments

We can learn a lot about volcanoes by studying explosions. The more we can learn about their explosive behavior, the more chance we have of saving lives when they suddenly erupt.

Martian Soil Can Yield Fruit

April 15, 2014 1:04 pm | by Wageningen Univ. & Research Centre | News | Comments

The soil on Mars may be suitable for cultivating food crops. In a unique pilot experiment, a scientist tested the growth of 14 plant varieties on artificial Mars soil over 50 days. To his surprise, the plants grew well; some even blossomed.

Arctic Ozone Hole is Comparatively Tame

April 15, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Audrey Resutek | News | Comments

A study has found some cause for optimism: ozone levels in the Arctic haven’t yet sunk to the extreme lows seen in Antarctica, in part because international efforts to limit ozone-depleting chemicals have been successful.

Nutrient-rich Forests Store More Carbon

April 15, 2014 7:00 am | by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis | News | Comments

Forests growing in fertile soils, with ample nutrients, are able to sequester about 30 percent of the carbon they take up during photosynthesis. In contrast, forests growing in nutrient-poor soils may retain only 6 percent of that carbon.

Puget Sound’s Waters Come from Deep Canyon

April 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Washington | News | Comments

The headwaters for Puget Sound’s famously rich waters lie far below the surface, in a submarine canyon that draws nutrient-rich water up from the deep ocean. New measurements may explain how the Pacific Northwest’s inland waters are able to support so many shellfish, salmon runs and even the occasional pod of whales.

Researchers ID Four New Killer Sponges

April 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists first discovered that some sponges are carnivorous about 20 years ago. Since then only seven carnivorous species have been found in all of the northeastern Pacific. Now, a paper describes four new species of carnivorous sponges living on the deep seafloor, from the Pacific Northwest to Baja California.

Ecologists Research Fish-safe Dams

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Ecologists say findings from a collaboration that spans four continents can improve our understanding of hydropower and will benefit fish around the globe.

Statistics Rule out Natural Warming Hypothesis

April 14, 2014 7:00 am | by McGill Univ. | News | Comments

An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the Earth’s climate.

Court Calls EPA's Decision Reasonable

April 14, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide.

Fish from Acidic Waters Less Able to Smell

April 14, 2014 7:00 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Fish living on coral reefs where carbon dioxide seeps from the ocean floor are less able to detect predator odor than fish from normal coral reefs, according to a new study.

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