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Tropical beetles face extinction threat
SCIENCE DAILY Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists. 5 hours
How volcanoes may have ended the dynasty of Ptolemy and Cleopatra
SCIENCE-NEWS Volcanic ash in polar ice reveal a link between eruptions and the timing of revolts in Cleopatra’s Egypt. 9 hours
Fighting fires before they spark
PHYS.ORG With warm, dry summers comes a deadly caveat for the western United States: wildfires. Scientists say the hot, dry climates found west of the Mississippi, along with decades of fire suppression efforts, are creating a devastating and destructive... 10 hours
When lemons give you life: Herpetofauna adaptation to citrus orchards in Belize
SCIENCE DAILY Reptile and amphibian communities exhibit a promising level of resilience to agricultural lands. In a new study, herpetologists compared forested areas to manicured citrus... 11 hours
California's new normal may be more intense heat, fires, droughts and floods
PHYS.ORG As portrayed in novels, the California of the future is barely habitable. Brutal storms alternate with crushing droughts. Mudslides and wildfires create waves of... 12 hours
Researchers and supercomputers help interpret the latest LIGO findings
PHYS.ORG Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends on August 25, 2017, when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. The... 12 hours
Preservation for the (digital) ages
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers working with classicists and computer scientists have developed a method to preserve digital humanities databases. The preservation strategy allows scholars to re-launch a database application in a variety of environments -- from individual computers, to virtual machines,... 12 hours
Study reshapes understanding of climate change's impact on early societies
SCIENCE DAILY A new study linking paleoclimatology -- the reconstruction of past global climates -- with historical analysis shows a link between environmental stress and its impact on the economy,... 12 hours
Humans Migrated Out of Africa to Escape Drying Climate, New Study Says
SCI-NEWS.COM Ancient humans left Africa to escape a drying climate, about 60,000 years ago — a finding that contradicts previous suggestions that humens were able... 13 hours
Tropical beetles face extinction threat
PHYS.ORG Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists. 13 hours
Study shows how water could have flowed on 'cold and icy' ancient Mars
PHYS.ORG For scientists trying to understand what ancient Mars might have been like, the red planet sends some mixed signals. Water-carved valleys and... 13 hours
Study reshapes understanding of climate change's impact on early societies
PHYS.ORG A new study linking paleoclimatology—the reconstruction of past global climates—with historical analysis by researchers at Yale and other institutions shows a link between environmental stress and its impact... 15 hours
Spider-web 'labyrinths' may help reduce noise pollution
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—Researchers have demonstrated that the geometry of a natural spider web can be used to design new structures that address one of the biggest challenges in sound control: reducing low-frequency noise, which is the... 16 hours
Engineers could learn a lot from dance when designing urban transport
PHYS.ORG There is little more important for the sustainability of cities than the ways we move around them. With transportation estimated to account for 30% of energy... 16 hours
Space- and Ground-Based Telescopes Catch Light from Gravitational-Wave Event GW170817
SCI-NEWS.COM For the first time, astronomers have observed the source of gravitational waves, created by the merger... 17 hours
How bees find their way home
PHYS.ORG How can a bee fly straight home in the middle of the night after a complicated route through thick vegetation in search of food? For the first time, researchers have been able to show what happens... 17 hours
Researchers find mechanism by which plant roots avoid oxygen-deficient soil
PHYS.ORG Researchers are warning about more frequently occurring extreme weather events in the future as a result of climate change. Current environmental catastrophes such as the numerous and particularly... 17 hours
How to behave at a zoo – according to science
PHYS.ORG With October half-term approaching, millions around the world will head to their local zoo to indulge in the Halloween activities and get a little fresh autumnal air in... 17 hours
The use of jellyfish blooms as solutions for producing new products
PHYS.ORG While some people might find these slimy creatures at the beach very exciting, a number of species are poisonous; some tropical species are even among the... 17 hours
California still under the throes of wildfire woes
PHYS.ORG Northern parts of California especially around the Napa and Somona Valley areas are still having major wildfire issues that continue to be exacerbated by weather conditions. Other areas of California are also... 18 hours
Researchers take a step toward quantum mechanical analysis of plant metabolism
PHYS.ORG Hurricanes, traffic jams, demographic development – to predict the effect of such events, computer simulations are required. Many processes in nature, however, are so complicated that... 19 hours
Tropical thunderstorms are set to grow stronger as the world warms
PHYS.ORG Thunderstorms are set to become more intense throughout the tropics and subtropics this century as a result of climate change, according to new research. 19 hours
Fresh findings from Cassini
PHYS.ORG NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its journey on Sept. 15 with an intentional plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, but analysis continues on the mountain of data the spacecraft sent during its long life. Some of the Cassini team's freshest insights... 19 hours
Research team determines that constructing offshore wind turbines in port is the most cost effective method
PHYS.ORG Working closely with industry partners, University of Delaware researchers have developed a new method for constructing... 19 hours
Adding organic matter to soil has a limited effect on water holding capacity
PHYS.ORG Sequestering carbon in the soil via the addition of organic matter has been widely promoted for the mitigation of climate change. Enhancing... 19 hours
Light in the sky over UAE likely Russian rocket breaking up
PHYS.ORG A light seen in the night sky over the United Arab Emirates likely was a discarded Russian rocket breaking up after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. 21 hours
Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact
PHYS.ORG The environmental group Greenpeace issued a report on Tuesday giving technology titans including Samsung Electronics, Amazon and Huawei low marks for their environmental impact. 21 hours
A radio counterpart to a neutron star merger
Science Magazine Gravitational waves have been detected from a binary neutron star merger event, GW170817. The detection of electromagnetic radiation from the same source has shown that the merger occurred in the outskirts of... 1 day
Illuminating gravitational waves: A concordant picture of photons from a neutron star merger
Science Magazine Merging neutron stars offer an exquisite laboratory for simultaneously studying strong-field gravity and matter in extreme environments. We establish the physical association... 1 day
Raw sewage contaminating waters in Puerto Rico after Maria
ABC NEWS Damage from Hurricane Maria is letting raw sewage pour into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico, forcing people without running water to bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated... 1 day
Proposed New Mexico science standards omit global warming
PHYS.ORG A proposed overhaul of New Mexico's state science standards for public schools came under intense criticism Monday at a packed public hearing in the state capital for omitting or deleting references to... 1 day
NASA finds newly formed tropical storm lan over open waters
PHYS.ORG NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible picture of newly formed Tropical Storm Lan in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. 1 day
nasa sees hurricane ophelia lashing ireland NASA sees Hurricane Ophelia lashing Ireland
PHYS.ORG VIDEO NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a thermal view of the clouds in hurricane Ophelia as it lashed Ireland. The Global Precipitation Measurement mission core satellite provided a look at the rainfall that was affecting the Emerald... 1 day
Harvey runoff menaces Texas' coral reefs
SCIENCE DAILY The more than 13 trillion gallons of floodwater from Hurricane Harvey have created a massive plume of freshwater in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine... 1 day
New study finds nature is vital to beating climate change
PHYS.ORG Better stewardship of the land could have a bigger role in fighting climate change than previously thought, according to the most comprehensive assessment to date of how greenhouse... 1 day
Scientists log newfound understanding of water's responses to changing temperatures
PHYS.ORG A team of chemists has uncovered new ways in which frozen water responds to changes in temperature to produce novel formations. Its findings have implications for climate research... 1 day
An epigenetic key to unlock behavior change
PHYS.ORG When it comes to behaviour, researchers have moved beyond the "nature versus nurture" debate. It's understood that genes and environment both play a role. However, how they interact at a molecular level to shape... 1 day
Puerto Rico struggles with massive environmental crisis
ABC NEWS Nearly a month after the hurricane made landfall, Puerto Rico is only beginning to come to grips with a massive environmental emergency that has no clear end in sight 1 day
Neutron star crash: 'The gift that will keep on giving'
PHYS.ORG The astrophysics world is abuzz after the first-ever observation of two neutron stars merging in a cataclysmic crash that left a rich trail of debris for scientists to... 2 days
Astronomers first to see source of gravitational waves in visible light
PHYS.ORG For the first time, astronomers have observed in visible light a cataclysmic cosmic event that generated gravitational waves detected on Earth. 2 days
Neutron star smashup seen for first time, 'transforms' understanding of Universe
PHYS.ORG Scientists have for the first time witnessed the crash of two ultra-dense neutron stars, cataclysmic events now known to have generated at least half the gold... 2 days
Radio 'eyes' unlocking secrets of neutron-star collision
SCIENCE DAILY When a pair of superdense neutron stars collided and potentially formed a black hole in a galaxy 130 million light-years from Earth, they unleashed not only a train of gravitational waves but also an... 2 days
Astronomers strike cosmic gold, confirm origin of precious metals in neutron star mergers
PHYS.ORG The first detection of gravitational waves from the cataclysmic merger of two neutron stars, and the observation of visible light in the... 2 days
Quantum simulator: First functioning component
SCIENCE DAILY Hurricanes, traffic jams, demographic development – to predict the effect of such events, computer simulations are required. Many processes in nature, however, are so complicated that conventional computers fail. Quantum simulators may solve this problem. One of the... 2 days
merging neutron stars generate gravitational waves and a celestial light show Merging neutron stars generate gravitational waves and a celestial light show
Science Magazine VIDEO As expected, cosmic cataclysm is a scientific gold mine 2 days
Astronomers identify new asynchronous short period polar
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Gagik H. Tovmassian of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has uncovered new details into the nature of a cataclysmic variable known as IGR J19552+0044. New... 2 days
The storm has passed, but Puerto Rico’s health faces prolonged recovery
NEWS MEDICAL As President Donald Trump signals impatience to wind down emergency aid to Puerto Rico, the challenges wrought by Hurricane Maria to the health of Puerto Ricans... 2 days
Image: Clouds over lava flows on Mars
PHYS.ORG Diffuse, water-ice clouds, a hazy sky and a light breeze. Such might have read a weather forecast for the Tharsis volcanic region on Mars on 22 November 2016, when this image was taken by... 2 days
30 killed as wildfires rage in Portugal and Spain
PHYS.ORG At least 27 people have died in fires which have ravaged forests in northern and central Portugal over the past 24 hours, rescuers said Monday, as three people were killed... 2 days
Virtual mission control cuts costs at wind farms
PHYS.ORG Running wind turbines is a costly business but Brunel engineers are developing a digital platform that ramps up efficiency and halves costs. 2 days
Wind turbines suspended high in the sky have potential as an alternative power source for Saudi Arabia
PHYS.ORG The notion of tethered wind turbines that generate electricity from abundant and reliable high-altitude... 2 days
Ocean atmosphere rife with microbes
PHYS.ORG Microbes are dispersed widely over the oceans with islands acting as stepping-stones to help transport of land-based organisms. 2 days
Harvey runoff menaces Texas' coral reefs
PHYS.ORG The more than 13 trillion gallons of floodwater from Hurricane Harvey have created a massive plume of freshwater in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine... 2 days
How to save giant tropical fruit bats: Work with local hunters who use bat teeth as money
PHYS.ORG Bats often get the short end of the stick—when you look around in October,... 2 days
Ireland closes schools as rare hurricane approaches
PHYS.ORG Ireland has ordered all schools to close Monday as the country braces for an "unprecedented storm" with the arrival of Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean. 2 days
NASA Researchers Reconstruct Cassini’s Dive into Saturn’s Atmosphere
SCI-NEWS.COM Analysis of science data from Cassini’s final plunge is ongoing, but NASA researchers already have a clear understanding of how... 3 days
meteorite treasure hunt begins after fireball sighted in shangri la Meteorite Treasure Hunt Begins After Fireball Sighted in Shangri-La
ASTRO WATCH Scientists and collectors are arriving in the city of Shangri-La in southwest China's Yunnan Province, to search for... 3 days
Hurricane Ophelia on Rare Course Toward Ireland, U.K.
LIVE SCIENCE Hurricane Ophelia, the 10th hurricane of the blockbuster 2017 hurricane season, is on an unusual course toward Ireland and the U.K. 4 days
How scientists used NASA data to predict the corona of the Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse
SCIENCE DAILY When the total solar eclipse swept across the United States on Aug. 21, 2017, NASA satellites... 4 days
on the generation of solar spicules and alfvenic waves On the Generation of Solar Spicules and Alfvenic Waves
ASTRO WATCH At any given moment, as many as 10 million wild snakes of solar material leap from the sun's... 4 days
Trump to nominate climate doubter as environmental adviser (Update)
PHYS.ORG President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser. 4 days
Branson calls for sustainable rebuilding of storm-battered Caribbean
PHYS.ORG British tycoon Richard Branson called Friday for rebuilding the hurricane-thrashed Caribbean with more durable housing and sustainable energy, to limit the damage of future storms. 4 days
Solar research: NASA sounding rocket instrument spots signatures of long-sought small solar flares
SCIENCE DAILY Like most solar sounding rockets, the second flight of the FOXSI instrument -- short for Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager -- lasted... 4 days
NASA Satellites Monitor California's Blazing Wildfires from Space
SPACE.COM As high winds and hot weather continue to fuel the wildfires in Northern California, NASA satellites are keeping an eye on the blazes from space. 4 days
Nomination of climate skeptic to head White House environmental office draws strong reactions
Science Magazine Former Texas regulator expected to bring big changes to Council on Environmental Quality 4 days
rokot sends sentinel 5p satellite into orbit Rokot Sends Sentinel‑5P Satellite into Orbit
ASTRO WATCH The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel‑5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite... 4 days
California's Spreading Wildfires: What Are Katabatic Winds?
LIVE SCIENCE Many of California's fiercest wildfires occur in September and October, owed in part to a powerful seasonal weather pattern known as katabatic winds. Here's what they are. 4 days
Earth's Atmosphere: Composition, Climate & Weather
SPACE.COM Earth is the only planet in the solar system with an atmosphere that can sustain life. 4 days
NASA sounding rocket instrument spots signatures of long-sought small solar flares
PHYS.ORG Like most solar sounding rockets, the second flight of the FOXSI instrument - short for Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager - lasted 15 minutes, with just... 4 days
Trump to nominate climate doubter as environmental adviser
PHYS.ORG President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser. 4 days
How scientists used NASA data to predict the corona of the Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse
PHYS.ORG When the total solar eclipse swept across the United States on Aug. 21, 2017, NASA satellites... 4 days
op ed lifesaving technologies front and center in disastrous month Op-ed | Lifesaving technologies front and center in disastrous month
SPACE NEWS It’s fair to assume that technology saved lives. Supercomputers fed with hundreds of millions of data... 4 days
Puerto Rico hurricane may cause shortage of hospital IV bags
ABC NEWS Maker of hospital IV solution bags expects some shortages because Hurricane Maria shut down its factories in Puerto Rico 4 days
Melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline
SCIENCE DAILY For the first time, ocean data from Northeast Greenland reveals the long-term impact of the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. The observed increase in freshwater content will affect the... 5 days
New way to prevent genetically engineered and unaltered organisms from producing offspring
SCIENCE DAILY A major obstacle to applying genetic engineering to benefit humans and the environment is the risk that organisms whose genes have been altered might... 5 days
Atrazine alters the sex ration in Blanchard's cricket frogs
PHYS.ORG A study published recently in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry found that Blanchard's cricket frogs are highly sensitive to atrazine. When exposed, there were up to 55% fewer males than females... 5 days
Rainfall trends in arid regions buck commonly held climate change theories
SCIENCE DAILY To explore the links between climatic warming and rainfall in drylands, scientists analysed more than 50 years of detailed rainfall data (measured every minute) from a... 5 days
Researchers develop 4-in-1 smart utilities plant custom-made for tropical climate
PHYS.ORG A research breakthrough achieved by a team led by Associate Professor Ernest Chua from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Engineering... 5 days
The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline
PHYS.ORG For the first time, ocean data from Northeast Greenland reveals the long-term impact of the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. The observed increase in freshwater content will... 5 days
Is it gonna blow? Measuring volcanic emissions from space
SCIENCE DAILY Carbon dioxide measured by a NASA satellite pinpoints sources of the gas from human and volcanic activities, which may help monitor greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. 5 days
Mantis shrimp-inspired camera enables glimpse into hidden world
SCIENCE DAILY By mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp, researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive camera capable of sensing both color and polarization. The bioinspired imager can potentially improve early cancer detection and help... 5 days
How E. coli bacteria adapt under stress
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have developed a genome-scale model that can accurately predict how E. coli bacteria respond to temperature changes and genetic mutations. The work sheds light on how cells adapt under environmental stress and has... 5 days
Baltic clams, worms release as much greenhouse gas as 20,000 dairy cows
SCIENCE DAILY Ocean clams and worms are releasing a significant amount of potentially harmful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, scientists have shown. 5 days
Psychology holds key to getting people out before disaster strikes
PHYS.ORG Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense. Recent hurricanes, floods, bushfires and earthquakes have highlighted the significant potential for mass trauma. Yet we know relatively little about... 5 days
Model predicts how E. coli bacteria adapt under stress
PHYS.ORG Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a genome-scale model that can accurately predict how E. coli bacteria respond to temperature changes and genetic mutations. The work... 5 days
Study reveals need for better modeling of weather systems for climate prediction
SCIENCE DAILY A team of researchers discovered persistent dry and warm biases in the central U.S. that was caused by poor modeling of atmospheric convective systems.... 5 days
Illinois researchers develop ultra-sensitive camera that mimics mantis shrimp’s visual system
NEWS MEDICAL By mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp, Illinois researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive camera capable of sensing both color and polarization. The bioinspired imager can potentially improve... 5 days
Structural decomposition of decadal climate prediction errors
PHYS.ORG Climatologists and statisticians of Ca' Foscari University of Venice have elaborated a method to accurately estimate systematic errors affecting decadal climate predictions. The proposed method promises great progress toward the achievement of reliable near-term... 5 days
revisit the launch event Revisit the launch event
ESA From ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, watch the replay of the event to celebrate the launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere 5 days
New insights from OCO-2
PHYS.ORG High-resolution satellite data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 are revealing the subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth - the ocean, land, atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystems and human activities. Scientists using the first 2 1/2 years of OCO-2 data have... 5 days
Russia launches European satellite to monitor Earth's atmosphere
PHYS.ORG Russia on Friday launched a European satellite dedicated to monitoring the Earth's atmosphere, the protective layer that shields the planet from the sun's radiation, live footage from the cosmodrome showed. 5 days
Hematite-based nanowire structures to enhance solar-to-fuel conversion in photoelectrochemical water splitting
PHYS.ORG ICN2 researchers led by ICREA Prof. Jordi Arbiol, in collaboration with the IREC and ICIQ, have produced a material for use in photoelectrochemical water splitting that... 5 days
Banning oil palm blocks good practices
PHYS.ORG Palm oil is not equal to palm oil: Since plantations differ massively in environmental and social criteria, a general ban of palm oil in biofuels, as recently discussed by the European Union, would punish the wrong... 5 days
Plasmons in an open box create miniature laser
PHYS.ORG Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed the first miniature laser in which the light is guided along the floor of an open metallic trench. The laser... 5 days
Image: High winds, hot weather continue to fan California fires
PHYS.ORG Wispy cirrus clouds obscure some of the fire and smoke from the wildfires that have consumed large portions of northern California around the wine country in this latest... 5 days
How molecular riboswitches work in bacteria
PHYS.ORG Many bacteria have molecular control elements via which they can switch genes on and off. These riboswitches also open up new options in the development of antibiotics or the detection and decomposition of environmental toxins. Researchers... 5 days
Image: Hurricane Ophelia
PHYS.ORG The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite captured this image on 11 October 2017, when Hurricane Ophelia was about 1300 km southwest of the Azores islands and some 2000 km off the African coast. 5 days
air quality monitoring satellite in orbit Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit
ESA The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel‑5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. 5 days
Baltic clams and worms release as much greenhouse gas as 20,000 dairy cows
PHYS.ORG Scientists have shown that ocean clams and worms are releasing a significant amount of potentially harmful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. 5 days
Dutch researchers construct ecosystem of the future
PHYS.ORG Can biodiversity provide insurance against the potentially harmful effects of climate change? And do decreases in biodiversity eliminate this insurance? To tackle these burning questions, the Ecology and Biodiversity research group at Utrecht University... 5 days
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NASA sees Hurricane Ophelia lashing Ireland
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Merging neutron stars generate gravitational waves and a celestial light show
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Study reveals new threat to the ozone layer
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NASA's GPM finds Ophelia strengthening in Eastern Atlantic
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Watching plant photosynthesis... from space
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Engineers develop a programmable 'camouflaging' material inspired by octopus skin
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New study proposes a giant, space-based solar flare shield for earth
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NASA finds heavy rainfall in developing Tropical Storm Nate
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Flights worldwide face increased risk of severe turbulence due to climate change
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How U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed an enduring disaster
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