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History of fire and drought shapes the ecology of California, past and future
Fire season has arrived in California with vengeance in this third year of extended drought for the state. A series of large fires east of Redding and Fresno, in Yosemite, and on the Oregon border prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to decl
Hubble finds supernova star system linked to potential 'zombie star'
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted a star system that could have left behind a "zombie star" after an unusually weak supernova explosion. A supernova typically obliterates the exploding white
Galapagos hawks hand down lice like family heirlooms
AUA-led study provides some of the first evidence for the hypothesis of co-divergence between parasites and hosts acting as a major driver of biodiversity. Say what you will about the parasitic lifestyle, but in the game of evolut
U.S. Should Lead on Climate Fight Say African Negotiators
African climate negotiators attending the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington this week said leadership from the United States is critical to finalizing a global deal on measures to address climate change in 2015 after years Reuters
Next Mars Rover Will Make Oxygen from CO2
Nasa’s Mars 2020 rover will take a small step towards helping us directly explore the red planet, by studying how to convert its carbon dioxide atmosphere to oxygen. Jack Mustard from Brown University suggests the Mars Oxygen In-s
Man Pushes Brussels Sprout Up a Mountain
A British man spent three days pushing a Brussels sprout up a mountain -- with his nose. Stuart Kettel, 49, used a special face mask and an extra-large Brussels sprout so that it wouldn’t fall into a crack. Kettel practice
As Oysters Die, Climate Policy Goes on the Stump
Billions of baby oysters in the Pacific inlets here are dying and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington is busy spreading the bad news. “It used to be the canary in the coal mine,” Mr. Inslee said in a recent interview. “Now it’s the o
Rosetta Spacecraft Set for Unprecedented Close Study of a Comet
After 10 years and four billion miles, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will arrive at its destination on Wednesday for the first extended, close examination of a comet. The last in a series of 10 thruster firings
2,100-Year-Old Royal Mausoleum Found in China
Although the mausoleum had been plundered, archaeologists found that it still contained more than 10,000 artifacts. Discovery News - Top Stories
Flores bones show features of Down syndrome, not a new 'Hobbit' human
In October 2004, excavation of fragmentary skeletal remains from the island of Flores in Indonesia yielded what was called 'the most important find in human evolution for 100 years.' Its discoverers dubbed the find Homo floresiens ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Jupiter Moon Io Unleashes Cataclysmic Eruptions
One of Jupiter's moons has unleashed a series of huge volcanic eruptions over a hellish 2 week period that were so bright they could be studied in detail by ground based observatories. Discovery News - Top Stories
Chicago water declared safe after testing prompted by Ohio toxins
An overnight test of Lake Michigan water samples showed none of the toxins found in Toledo, Ohio, water that officials over the weekend deemed unsafe to drink. chicagotribune.com - Nation &
Melt ponds shine in NASA laser altimeter images
Even from 65,000 feet above Earth, aquamarine melt ponds in the Arctic stand out against the white sea ice and ice sheets. These ponds form every summer, as snow that built up on the ice melts, creating crystal clear pools. ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Giant penguin fossil shows bird was taller than most humans
A penguin species that lived millions of years ago would have dwarfed today’s biggest living penguins and stood as tall as most humans, according to analysis of fossils by a team of researchers from the La Plata Museum in Argentin Science news, comment and anal
Asteroid impacts significantly altered ancient Earth
New research shows that more than four billion years ago, the surface of Earth was heavily reprocessed as a result of giant asteroid impacts. A new model based on existing lunar and terrestrial data sheds light on the role asteroi ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Warriors' Bones Reveal Bizarre Iron Age Rituals
The bones of dozens of Iron Age warriors found in Denmark were collected and ritually mutilated after spending months on the battlefield, archaeologists say. At least six months after the soldiers died, their bones were collec Discovery News - Top Stories
Wooden ship found beneath World Trade Center built in 18th-century Philadelphia
Almost exactly four years ago, construction work at the site of the new World Trade Center came to a halt after the remains of an ancient ship were discovered just where the Twin Towers once stood. The ship was uncovered 22 fe Latest news, breaking news, cu
Dot Earth Blog: Fresh Focus on Siberian Permafrost as Hole Count Rises
Leibman, the chief scientist at the Earth Cryosphere Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has studied permafrost since 1973 and has a remarkable publication record. She describes how the first h NYT > Environment
Sinosphere Blog: Pangolins Are Being Eaten out of Existence
Consumer demand, which has already pushed the pangolin to the edge of extinction in Asia, is now driving poaching in Africa, threatening the indigenous species there, according to the Pangolin Specialist Group of the International NYT > World
Earthquake Plot Thickens in Pacific Northwest
Nearly forgotten research from decades ago complicates the task of quantifying earthquake hazards in the Pacific Northwest, according to a new report from scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Washington, and USGS Newsroom
Ice age lion figurine: Ancient fragment of ivory belonging to 40,000 year old animal figurine unearthed
Archaeologists have found an ancient fragment of ivory belonging to a 40,000 year old animal figurine. Both pieces were found in the Vogelherd Cave in southwestern Germany, which has yielded a number of remarkable works of art dat ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
NOAA-led study shows Alaska fisheries and communities at risk from ocean acidification
Ocean acidification is driving changes in waters vital to Alaska’s valuable commercial fisheries and subsistence way of life, according to new NOAA-led research that will be published online in Progress in Oceanography. Many o
Violent aftermath for the warriors at Alken Enge
our pelvic bones on a stick and bundles of desecrated bones testify to the ritual violence perpetrated on the corpses of the many warriors who fell in a major battle close to the Danish town of Skanderborg around 2,000 years ago. ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Swimming, climbing robots explore the hostile Arctic
A TIRELESS scientific expedition is currently encamped across a huge stretch of Arctic pack ice. The daytime temperature is just above freezing. Regardless, the team sends data day and night to a string of labs around the world. SCUBA News...
Huge, house-sized waves measured for first time in Arctic Ocean (Science Daily)
As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water which is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Sto Ocean Today
Wading birds declining in the UK
The magical winter wildlife spectacle of hundreds of thousands of wading birds converging on British estuaries could be under threat as research shows big declines in some of the most familiar species. Results from the Wetland
NASA maps out geysers, finds evidence of liquid water on surface of Saturn moon
On the surface of one of Saturn's icy moons, scientists have discovered the possible existence of a very important, life-sustaining element: liquid water. NASA scientists announced Monday the identification of 101 distinct gey
Lead pollution beat explorers to South Pole, persists today
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in December 1911. More than 100 years later, an international team of scientists has proven that air pollution from industrial activities arrived to th ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Genetic mutations linked to salivary gland tumors
Research conducted at the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute has discovered links between a set of genes known to promote tumor growth and mucoepidermoid carcinoma, an oral cancer that affects the salivary glands. ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Bid to Save Tigers Threatened by Poor Data
Efforts to save the tiger are being undermined by a lack of information about how many of the endangered cats live in the wild, the conservation group WWF said on Tuesday. Play Video How a Genetic Mistake Can Save Whi Discovery News - Top Stories
Gasses from Kilauea volcano affected tropical storm Flossie formation
One might assume that a tropical storm moving through volcanic smog would sweep up the tainted air and march on, unchanged. However, a recent study from atmospheric scientists revealed that, though microscopic, gasses and particle ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Pakistan climbers scale K2 summit
A team of Pakistani climbers reaches the top of the world's second tallest mountain, the K2, the first since Italians completed the feat 60 years ago. BBC News | News Front Page | U
Archaeologist happens upon Roman bone fragments at the end of his road
Mike Heyworth says discovery in trench dug in York by utilities company demonstrates 'black holes' in archaeological planning Mike Heyworth, the president of the Council for British Archaeology, was trudging home after a long, hot Latest news and comment from B
Fort Collins man summits K2 in a climb for Alzheimer's
Fort Collins adventurer Alan Arnette made it to the summit of the world's second highest mountain, K2, on his 58th birthday Saturday, after a grueling and dangerous climb to draw attention to Alzheimer's. Denver Post: News: Breaking
Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows
Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say. They found that in the few million years before a 10km-wide asteroid struck what ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Earlier Stone Age artifacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa
Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools. ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Leaf-mining insects destroyed with the dinosaurs, others quickly appeared
After the asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous period that triggered the dinosaurs' extinction and ushered in the Paleocene, leaf-mining insects in the western United States completely disappeared. Only a million years lat ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Shipwreck excavation may explain how 17th-century warship blew itself up
An underwater rescue excavation is being mounted this summer by English Heritage to solve a 349-year-old mystery: how warship the London managed to blow itself up without firing a shot at the enemy off Southend. Cotswold Archae Science news, comment and anal
250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice
Scientists have theorized that the loss of Arctic sea ice over the last three decades is part of a recent, dramatic change in global climate. Now they have proof from an unorthodox collection of sources. Scientific American
Climate Change Could Alter Range of Caribou and May Impact Hunters' Access
Due to climate change, some communities in rural Alaska and the Yukon Territory of Canada may face a future with fewer caribou according to new research published by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Alaska, Fairban USGS Newsroom
Coast Guard: Wreckage of teen pilot's plane found
The U.S. Coast Guard has found wreckage from an airplane piloted by a teenager who was killed when he crashed during an around-the-world flight, a Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday. The Seattle Times: Home
Hit by Climate Change, Dwindling Antarctic Seal Population Grows More Diverse
Although climate change continues to stir up opportunities and challenges for animals across the world, new research published today in Nature shows the ups and down this change is creating for one species in particular. (Scientif Scientific American
Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides
A new geological study concludes that the disastrous March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the "remobilization" of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside. "Perhaps the most ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Digging up trouble: beware the curse of King Tutankhamun
The curse of Tutankhamun first struck in February 1923. The previous November, the intrepid archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor Lord Carnarvon discovered the burial chamber of a forgotten boy-king hidden in the Valley of t
Belize safeguards barrier reef with conservation drones (Science Daily)
Seeking to gain a high-tech edge over illegal fishers, the Government of Belize will use "eyes in the sky" to enforce fishing regulations in the biodiverse Glover's Reef Marine Reserve and other reef systems in what is the first u Ocean Today
Tiniest Catch: UA Scientists' Fishing Expedition Reveals Viral Diversity in the Sea
A fishing expedition of microscopic proportions led by University of Arizona ecologists revealed that the lines between virus types in nature are less blurred than previously thought. Using lab-cultured bacteria as "bait," a t
400-Year-Old Crucifix Found by Canadian Student
A tiny crucifix found during the excavation of a 17th century colony on Newfoundland symbolizes early religious freedom in North America. The artifact is clearly a Catholic item, featuring a simple representation of Christ on Discovery News - Top Stories
Oceans play a vital role in moderating climate on Earth-like planets. (Science Daily)
esearchers at the University of East Anglia have made an important step in the race to discover whether other planets could develop and sustain life. New research published today in the journal Astrobiology shows the v Ocean Today
New view of Rainier's volcanic plumbing
By measuring how fast Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, a University of Utah researcher and colleagues made a detailed picture of Mount Rainier's deep volcanic plumbing and partly molten rock that will erupt again some
Has the expansion of Antarctic sea ice accelerated?
Despite global warming, the fringe of sea ice around Antarctica is expanding slightly, in contrast to the marked decline of sea ice in the Arctic. Scientists have blamed this curious fact on various forces, from shifting winds to ScienceNOW
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