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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...

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...

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...

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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.


Green Space Keeps You from Feeling Blue

April 14, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

If you start feeling better as spring begins pushing up its tender shoots, you might be living proof of a trend discovered in data from a new survey: the more green space in the neighborhood, the happier people reported feeling.

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.

Greenland's Ice Shows U.S. Clean Air Act’s Success

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Washington | News | Comments

By analyzing samples from the Greenland ice sheet, atmospheric scientists found clear evidence of the U.S. Clean Air Act. They also discovered a link between air acidity and how nitrogen is preserved in layers of snow.


Fruit Flies have Latent Bioluminescence

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Massachusetts Med School | News | Comments

New research shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark— otherwise known as bioluminescence.

Fatal Bat Disease Spreads to Half of U.S.

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, John Flesher, Todd Richmond | News | Comments

A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and has now been detected in half of the U.S.

Climate Drove Evolution of Ice Age Predators

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County | Videos | Comments

Researchers, working at the famous La Brea Tar Pits, are probing the link between climate warming and the evolution of Ice Age predators, attempting to predict how animals will respond to climate change today.

U.N. to Consider Geoengineering

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Karl Ritter | News | Comments

The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is under pressure this week as it considers whether geoengineering, a controversial idea, should be part of the tool kit that governments use to keep global warming in check.

Daddy Longlegs Used to Have Four Eyes

April 10, 2014 12:32 pm | by American Museum of Natural History | News | Comments

Daddy longlegs have a single pair of eyes that help them navigate habitats in every continent except Antarctica. But a newly described 305-million-year-old fossil found in eastern France shows that wasn’t always the case.


Geneticist Outlines Plan to Save Gooseberry

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Florida International Univ. | News | Comments

The Miccosukee gooseberry is on the verge of extinction, but a geneticist believes genetic variation is the key to its survival. The plant, which has been listed as a federally threatened species for nearly three decades, is found in only two counties in the U.S.

Study Tests Theory That Life Originated at Deep Sea Vents

April 10, 2014 7:00 am | by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | News | Comments

One theory about the origin of life is that simple metabolic reactions emerged near ancient seafloor hot springs, enabling the leap from a non-living to a living world. Recent research has found that it may not have been as easy as previously assumed. Instead, the finds could provide a focus for the search for life on other planets.

Saharan Dust Feeds Ocean, Locks Carbon

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Conversation, Richard Lampitt | News | Comments

The Saharan dust that clogged air and dirtied cars in the UK recently may seem like a nuisance, but in fact contains some essential nutrients– if you’re phytoplankton.

Piglet-killing Virus to Drive Up Bacon Price

April 9, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, M. L. Johnson | News | Comments

A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of piglets in less than a year and, with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

'Transition Zones' Appear to Be Tornado Hotspots

April 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

An examination of more than 60 years of Indiana tornado climatology data showed that a majority of tornado touchdowns occurred near areas where dramatically different landscapes meet— for example, where a city fades into farmland or a forest meets a plain.

Climate Change Slowdown Linked to Sea Surface Temp

April 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by Penn State Univ. | News | Comments

The recent slowdown in the warming rate of the Northern Hemisphere may be a result of internal variability of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation— a natural phenomenon related to sea surface temperatures.

Sharks Sense Prey in Surprising Ways

April 7, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of South Florida | Videos | Comments

A team of scientists has unmasked the intricacies of how sharks hunt prey— from the first whiff to the final chomp— in a new study about shark senses.

Running Bison Spark Yellowstone Supervolcano Rumors

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

Yellowstone National Park is fighting online rumors that running bison seen in a YouTube video are fleeing a possible explosion of the park's supervolcano.

Ground Deformation Linked to Volcanic Eruption

April 4, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Bristol | Videos | Comments

Using satellite imagery to monitor which volcanoes are deforming provides statistical evidence of their eruption potential, according to a new study. ESA’s Sentinel satellite, launched this week, should allow scientists to test this link in greater detail and eventually develop a forecast system for all volcanoes, including those that are remote and inaccessible.

Observatory Gives Researchers a Peek Under Great Lakes' Ice

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Michigan Technological Univ. | News | Comments

Observatories under the Great Lakes will help us better understand the processes that are going on deep under the ice. We know a lot about the biology, chemistry and physics of the lakes in summer and fall, but when the ice breaks up in spring, things have changed dramatically.

Seismologists Say Chile's M8.2 Quake Not 'the Big One'

April 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Luis Henao | News | Comments

The magnitude-8.2 earthquake that struck Chile last night, which killed six people and caused officials to evacuate thousands, was not the big one seismologists are expecting. They’re still expecting an even larger earthquake.

Sandy Soil Deforestation is Greater Climate Threat

April 2, 2014 7:00 am | by Yale Univ. | News | Comments

Deforestation may have far greater consequences for climate change in some soils than in others, according to new research. This find could provide critical insights into which ecosystems must be managed with extra care because they are vulnerable to biodiversity loss and which ecosystems are more resilient.

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