River networks are not as static as they may appear, shifting and moving across a landscape over millions of years. Now, researchers have developed a mapping technique that measures how much a river network is changing, and in what direction it may be moving.
Mussels can cause serious poisoning. Current toxicity checks cost $2,000 and take a week. But, a...
Scientists have identified a process in the Earth’s magnetosphere that reinforces its shielding...
The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations...
The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations by coal mine operators in five Appalachian states.
Federal forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean this year that will change weather worldwide. And that's good news for a weather-weary U.S.
The practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces— known as burl poaching— has become so prevalent along the Northern California coast that Redwood National and State Parks has started closing the popular Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway at night in a desperate attempt to deter thieves.
A steadily growing magnetite chemistry database is showing distinctive compositional trends that can discriminate between hydrothermal and igneous magnetite. This helps geologists find mineral deposits distal to the main mineralization.
Scientists have identified a gene that could be the key to faster and easier genetic modification of plants considered resistant to standard methods, including varieties of economically important crops.
Researchers have revived a giant virus that’s more than 30,000-years-old, recovered from the permafrost of northeast Siberia.
Exposing leafy vegetables, grown during spaceflight, to a few bright pulses of light daily could increase the amount of eye-protecting nutrients produced by the plants.
The surface of the sea takes up nitrogen oxides that build up in polluted air at night, new measurements on the coast of southern California have shown.
This photo shows a Burrowing Owl in Brazil standing on one leg. The Burrowing Owl is a tiny but long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America.
Research high in the Amazonian canopy resulted in the discovery that the forest's chemical portfolios form a rich mosaic that varies with elevation and soil content.
Evolutionary distances that conservationists use to identify and target distinct species may be unreliable, new research suggests.
One of the most colorful and captivating events on the coral reef’s calendar has been captured on video at Heron Island Research Station. Each year, researchers flock there to witness and study the annual coral spawning event.
A section of wall around an ancient shop in Pompeii is the latest casualty of rain in one of Italy's most popular archaeological sites.
While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks, according to documents.
The EPA announced it is taking the first steps toward restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a premier sockeye salmon fishery in southwest Alaska.
A new study shows that climate change has put a freshwater lid on the Antarctic ocean, trapping warm water in ocean depths.
Residents living above an oil-rich shale formation that stretches across southwest Mississippi and Louisiana have been waiting on a boom for years. A steady trickle of drilling is already boosting the rural region's economy, and spending by two oil companies could make 2014 the year that many locals finally cash in on the oil far beneath their feet.
In recent years, palm oil production has come under fire from environmentalists concerned about the deforestation of land in the tropics to make way for new palm plantations. Now, research shows that the wastewater produced during the processing of palm oil is a significant source of heat-trapping methane in the atmosphere.
Plankton in the Earth's oceans received a huge boost when microorganisms capable of creating soluble nitrogen “fertilizer” directly from the atmosphere diversified and spread throughout the open ocean.
Researchers have developed a new web-based tool to help unlock the complex genetics and biological processes behind grapevine development. The new database may be the key to improving grape flavor and quality, and may aid climate and environmental adaptation.
If you’ve run out of drinking water during a lakeside camping trip, there’s a simple solution: break off a branch from the nearest pine tree, peel away the bark and slowly pour lake water through the stick. A team has discovered that this low-tech filtration system can produce up to four liters of drinking water a day.
Man-made global warming is worsening and will disrupt both the natural world and human society, warns a joint report, written in plain language, of two of the world's leading scientific organizations.
Pine forests are especially magical places for atmospheric chemists. Coniferous trees give off pine-scented vapors that form particles, very quickly and seemingly out of nowhere.
Scientists have demonstrated that an abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon affected northwest India 4,100 years ago. The resulting drought coincided with the beginning of the decline of the metropolis-building Indus Civilization, which spanned present-day Pakistan and India.
Computer simulations have shown that offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages.
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