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.
The soil on Mars may be suitable for cultivating food crops. In a unique pilot experiment, a...
A study has found some cause for optimism: ozone levels in the Arctic haven’t yet sunk to the...
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.
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 say findings from a collaboration that spans four continents can improve our understanding of hydropower and will benefit fish around the globe.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
New research shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark— otherwise known as bioluminescence.
A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and has now been detected in half of the U.S.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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