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Scripps Oceanography/UC San Diego News at the Algae Biomass Summit
Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will be featured prominently at the upcoming Algae Biomass Summit in San Diego. The eighth annual event, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2014, at the San Diego Marriott Marq
Ozone Pollution in India Kills Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million in Poverty
In one year, India’s ozone pollution damaged millions of tons of the country’s major crops, causing losses of more than a billion dollars and destroying enough food to feed tens of millions of people living below the poverty line.
Heat, drought cited in massive Mount Shasta mudslide
Glaciers are not known as fast-moving objects. Yet on Saturday, things started happening very quickly at a glacier high on the slopes of Mount Shasta. At about 3 p.m. Saturday, wilderness rangers working for the Shasta-Trinity
Mapping the Mighty Britannic Shipwreck
So fascinating did the mystery of the Britannic shipwreck proved to Jacques Cousteau, he scoured the depths of the Kea coast in the hopes of finding it. Sister ship of the Titanic, the Britannic ocean liner was christened during W
SpaceX Dragon Supply Ship Delivers Mice, 3D Printer to Space Station
A private Dragon cargo ship built by SpaceX arrived at the International Space Station today (Sept. 23) to deliver more than 2 tons of astronaut supplies and experiments for NASA, including the first 3D printer in space and an int
Voyager: Why is China's Pollution Considered the "World's Pollution”?
China’s size and the magnitude of its industrial activities do indeed cause it to generate large amounts of air pollution, but every country contributes to the “world’s pollution.” The air travels across the Pacific Ocean from
Byzantine-Era Monastery Discovered in Israel
“We believe this is the site of a monastery from the Byzantine period,” said Dr Irene Zilberbod, excavation director of the IAA. “It is true we did not find a church at the site or an inscription or any other unequivocal evidence
Why U.S. airstrikes in Syria may be bad for the environment
The United States and its partners expanded its war against Islamic State on Tuesday, with airstrikes against the extremist group striking within Syria for the first time. It's a dramatic escalation: Strikes in Syria have been a s
Nearly 600 Years of Tree Rings Show Altered Ocean Habitat
Ocean currents that deliver important nutrients to shallow, coastal waters have become weaker and more variable over the last half-century, which could affect fish and other marine animals that nourish themselves in these nutrient
Report: telltale signs that ozone layer is recovering
Nearly 30 years after the protections of the Montreal Protocol were put into place, there’s more evidence that the international agreement to protect Earth’s ozone layer is working, according to a new scientific report released to
Pair of Spacecraft -- Plus Comet -- Arriving at Mars
A new investigation in the quest to learn if Mars ever supported life begins this weekend with the arrival of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. Unlike previous orbiters, landers and rovers, MAVEN’s focus is on Mars’ upper atmosphere. Sc
Greenland’s dark snow may start global warming ‘feedback loop’
Anyone who has ever slipped over on black ice in the dead of winter will attest to how dangerous it is. But a darkening of the Greenland ice sheet could impact upon the entire world, as the hastening trend reduces the Arctic’s abi
U.S. Aims to Curb Peril of Antibiotic Resistance
The Obama administration on Thursday announced measures to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, outlining a national strategy that includes incentives for the development of new drugs, tighter stewardship of existin
Gas chambers unearthed at demolished Nazi concentration camp
Archaeologists working at the site of the Nazi concentration camp at Sobibor, in eastern Poland, say they have uncovered previously hidden gas chambers in which an estimated quarter of a million Jews were killed. German forces
High air pollution levels hit south-east England
Air pollution is expected to be high on Thursday over the south-east of England, leading to warnings to people with respiratory difficulties. The pollution is likely to be localised, with clear skies over Scotland as people cas
DNA Places Third Group in European Descendent Mix
Modern Europeans are descended from three major groups of ancient humans, not two as was previously thought, according to a gene analysis published on Wednesday. Until now, the mainstream theory was that Europeans descended fro
Sailing: Kiwi crews in line for gold
Two New Zealand crews are in pole position to defend their titles at the world sailing championships in Santander, Spain. Top performances from Peter Burling and Blair Tuke saw them extend their lead in the men's skiff, while Jo A
Global Warming Changes the Way Sharks Swim
Sharks exposed to ocean water acidified by too much carbon dioxide alter their behavior, swimming in longer spurts than sharks in typical ocean water, particularly during their nighttime wanderings. The new findings, published
Mystery Signal Could be Dark Matter Hint in ISS Detector
Analysis of 41 billion cosmic rays striking the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer particle detector aboard the International Space Station shows an unknown phenomena that is “consistent with a dark matter particle” known as a neutralino
State of emergency declared for Northern California counties hit by fires
California's governor has declared a state of emergency in two counties in the north of the state where wildfires have torched tens of thousands of acres, destroying some homes and threatening others. Thousands of firefighters
In wake of Everest deaths, many groups push for reform
A major workshop late last month represents a significant change in the debates about climbing expeditions on Mount Everest, with significance across the Himalayas and beyond. The “Participatory Workshop on Roles, Responsibili
Climate change report: prevent damage by overhauling global economy
The world can still act in time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and enjoy the fruits of continued economic growth as long as the global economy can be transformed within the next 15 years, a group of the world's
770-Pound Colossal Squid a 'Perfect' Specimen
Scientists said Tuesday a female colossal squid weighing an estimated 350 kilograms (770 lbs) and thought to be only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic. The squid had been k
3rd Room of Ancient Greek Tomb Revealed
Archaeologists say they've had a peek inside another room in a monumental ancient tomb in Greek Macedonia that is believed to date back to the era of Alexander the Great. The ongoing excavations at the Kasta Hill burial mound i
Wild Chinese Sturgeon on the Brink of Extinction
The wild Chinese sturgeon is at risk of extinction, state media reported, after none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the polluted and crowded Yangtze river last year. One of the world's oldest living spe
Dino-Killing Meteorite Gave Way to Leafy Forests
The meteorite that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago had more of an effect on evergreens and led plants that lose their leaves to dominate forests, reports a new study. The event wiped out about half of plant species,
Female Greek Guard Statues Fully Revealed
Two female statues partially unearthed in in a Greek tomb on Saturday are full body sculptures crafted with great skill, according to new pictures released by the Greek culture ministry. The female sculptures were found inside a m
Philippine Volcano Forces Thousands to Flee
Thousands of people living near the Philippines' most active volcano began leaving their homes on Tuesday as lava trickled down its slopes and authorities warned of a dangerous eruption. Mayon, a volcano famed in equal parts for i
Space Race: NASA to Announce Which Company Wins Space Taxi Contract
When the space shuttle Atlantis rolled to a stop on July 21, 2011, Commander Chris Ferguson noted the poignant end of the shuttle program. "Mission complete, Houston, after serving the world for over 30 years, the shuttle has earn
‘Ottoman shopping malls’ revealed in Van excavations
Ongoing excavations in the old city of Van have shed light on the lifestyles, social conditions and dietary habits of the city’s inhabitants from the Ottoman era, revealing bazaar structures that resemble modern-day shopping malls
Red card on environment for 'greenest government ever'
The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs has said. The Environmental Audit Committee dished out a "red card" on these three concerns after examining ef
New rowing courses will make a splash at Leeds activity center
The Leeds Sailing and Activity Center(LSAC) in Yeadon will be offering rowing courses for the first time, starting with an open day on Saturday September 13. It will then run taster sessions and courses on Fridays and Saturdays fo
Curiosity Reaches Mount Sharp to Look for Life's Niches
More than two years after touching down inside Gale Crater, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has arrived at the place that drove scientists to select the landing site at the outset -- Mount Sharp. The three-mile high mountain of lay
Egyptian heritage group raises concerns over Djoser pyramid restorations
Egypt's oldest pyramid may have been ruined by conservators, a group of heritage campaigners has warned. The step-shaped pyramid of Djoser, a few miles south of the better-known pyramids of Giza, is more than 4,600 years old and i
Armor Made of Bones Found in Bronze Age Grave
Archaeologists in Siberia have unearthed Bronze Age armor crafted from bones in an outfit that George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy character "Rattleshirt" might have worn. Dating to between 3,900 and 3,500 years old, the armor wa
Call for greater protection of endangered lynx in the US
The US federal government will extend protection to all imperilled Canada lynx in the lower 48 states, but wildlife advocates said on Thursday it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats’ range and vowed to challenge the move
A fast row to Eden – four-man rowing crew lands in Seychelles after 73 days at sea
A team of four young British rowers have broken two Ocean Rowing Society world records. The crew set off in their specially-built rowing vessel, the Tiny Dancer, from Australia across the Indian Ocean in an epic 73-day voyage that
Marine reserves review: Coalition says recreational fishers have been left out
The Coalition has launched a review of the vast network of marine reserves set out by the previous Labor government, to deliver what it calls a more “sensible balance” between fishing and environmental concerns. In 2012 Labor
Sevenoaks father and son strike gold in Ł10k treasure hunt
Father and son from Sevenoaks struck gold when they uncovered treasure buried on a beach. Phil Cruickshank, 49, and his son Xander, nine, dug up one of 30 24-carat gold bars hidden by a German artist on Outer Harbor Beach in Folke
Southern Ocean's Role in Climate Regulation, Ocean Health Goal of $21 Million Federal Grant
The Southern Ocean that encircles Antarctica lends a considerable hand in keeping Earth's temperature hospitable by soaking up half of the human-made carbon in the atmosphere and a majority of the planet's excess heat. Yet, the in
Three Years After Fukushima, Japan Approves a Nuclear Plant
For the first time since the Fukushima disaster three and a half years ago, Japan’s new nuclear regulatory agency declared Wednesday that an atomic power plant was safe to operate, in a widely watched move that brings Japan a step
Giant predatory dinosaur Spinosaurus was scourge of prehistoric rivers
The largest predatory dinosaur ever found terrorised the water more than the land, according to remarkable fossils dug up in the Moroccan Sahara. The bones show that the meat-eating Spinosaurus spent most of its time in water, mak
WA government moves to approve 25 contentious resource projects
The WA government plans to retrospectively validate 25 contentious resource project approvals, a move the Australian Conservation Foundation says shows the proposal for “one-stop-shop” state environmental decisions is “deeply inad
Group unlocked waterways modern-day potential
Back in the 1990s, a group of hydro-enthusiasts decided it was time to do something “useful” with the water released from an Erie Canal lock in Pittsford. The result was the Lock 32 Whitewater Kayaking Park off Clover Street. The
Ozone Problem on Course for Fix By Mid-Century
Paris (AFP) - In some rare good news for the environment, the UN on Wednesday said Earth's damaged ozone layer was "well on track" for recovery by mid-century, although fixing it over Antarctica would take longer. In their firs
Endangered Pupfish Could Vanish in 30 Years
An inch-long fish that sparked a Supreme Court battle could go extinct in less than 30 years, a new modeling study concludes. Fish don't ever seem to dress down -- they're as colorful as possible. That makes us wonder why.
Lost Ship from Ill-Fated Arctic Quest Discovered
In 1845, two doomed British ships set sail for the Canadian Arctic to end a legendary quest for the Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. After the expedition became trapped in ice, both vessels and all 129 men on board were los
New Answer for Why Hadrosaurs Showed So Much Skin
Some days, it must not have been easy to be a hadrosaur. You're a dinosaur, sure, but it's hard to feel like a badass when your head resembles a duck. On the plus side, these herbivores outlasted more fashionable dinos such as the
Incoming! Sun Launches Two CMEs at Earth
On Wednesday, an active region on the sun erupted with an X1.6 flare. Although more powerful eruptions have been observed in recent months, this flare was Earth-directed, quickly deluging our atmosphere with ionizing radiation tha
Researchers want to attach cheap sensors to sailboats and other vessels to collect data on the impact of climate change on the world's oceans.
The ocean is vast—so huge that scientists struggle to collect adequate amounts of data on its health, even with the aid of satellites, autonomous robots, and networked buoys. Now scientists are proposing a simple solution to t
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