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Ancient Death Trap Now a Paleontological Treasure Trove
An ancient death trap is now a paleontological treasure trove. The Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming has been the site of many deaths over the past 100,000 years. A mostly hidden hole in the ground is the only entrance to
What Kayakers Can Teach Us About Living Well
Some plunge down waterfalls while others fish from their vessels, but kayakers have one thing in common: They all know a thing or two about leading a healthy lifestyle. Bobbing around on a kayak offers a lot more than a relaxi
USF receives $1.7M grant for marine research in the Antarctic
The University of South Florida's Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation and the department of chemistry received a $1.7 million grant to conduct research in the Antarctic in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmi
7-Person Rowing Team Crosses Indian Ocean
The skipper of a seven-man rowing crew on the cusp of setting an Indian Ocean speed record said Thursday his team is looking forward to getting their feet dry on the island nation of the Seychelles after 57 days on the water.
Boeing betting on tobacco as new aviation fuel source
Boeing is getting into the tobacco business. The airplane maker is part of a joint venture to develop aviation fuel from a new, hybrid tobacco plant. The goal is to cut carbon emissions and reduce the demand for petroleum-based
‘Terror tunnels’ aren’t alone down below, team finds
Underground spaces in Israel aren’t limited to Hamas “terror tunnels” in the south — the country is blessed with thousands of caves. Hebrew University researchers announced they have discovered and mapped the deepest cave
Indian Army sends 18-member team for mountaineering expedition
The Indian army on Wednesday sent an 18-member team to a mountaineering expedition in the Siachen glacier region of Ladakh. The team, which includes six reserve members and is a mix of experienced and first-time climbers, was
Geneticists Are Hacking Plants So They Can Grow in the Shade
The human version of nocturnal shutdowns has absolutely nothing on plants. When we sleep, our bodies continue doing a lot of the functions they do when we're awake. But when darkness sets in over the plant kingdom, at least the ve
Mining the Bottom of the Ocean Is as Bad for the Environment as it Sounds
Have you ever wondered how much the ocean floor is worth? The answer is in the trillions. Metals and materials are the foundation of our life, but with seven billion people occupying the earth, supplies are rapidly dwindling. So m
Last cranes released into British wild
The final set of cranes from an ambitious project to reintroduce the birds to Britain has been released at a secret location in Somerset. Cranes used to be common throughout the country but were driven to extinction in the 16th
Hurricane Iselle to hit Hawaii on Thursday
Hawaiians are bracing for a rare direct tropical cyclone hit as Hurricane Iselle threatens the US island chain. Hurricane Iselle is 350 miles (535km) east of Hilo and is expected to make landfall on Thursday afternoon. Hawa
From the Field: Explore the California Current with Scripps Researchers
Scientists and students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego are exploring the California Current system and analyzing details of its varied components from August 6 to September 4, 2014, aboard the research ve
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
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 practi
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
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 firin
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 Argent 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
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
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