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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Record Missouri Flooding Was Humanmade Calamity, Scientist Says

Feb. 5, 2016 — Why was the New Year's flood in Missouri so bad? Most news reports blamed it on the heavy rain, but a professor of earth and planetary sciences says analysis of the flood data shows much of the ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Forty years of mountaintop coal mining have made parts of Central Appalachia 60 percent flatter than they were before excavation, researchers say. This study, which compares pre- and post-mining ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Climate change may harm early-flowering plants not through plant-pollinator mismatch but through frost damage, a new study ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The technology that charges batteries for electronic devices could provide fresh water from salty seas, says a new study. Electricity running through a salt water-filled battery draws the salt ions ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the Southwest are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models, according ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The smooth surfaces of much of the plastic waste rapidly increasing in the ocean appear to provide poor habitat for animals -- that is, until barnacles step ... read more

New Science Helps Put Spotlight on Unseen Global Impacts

Feb. 4, 2016 — As the world grows more connected, 'out of sight, out of mind' looms as a perilous consequence of globalization. A sustainability scholar presents an integrated way to track the many ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium. The study is an early signal that ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Scientists have created the first map that shows how the Greenland Ice Sheet has moved over time, revealing that ice in the interior is moving more slowly toward the edges than it has, on average, ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The spread of a disease that is decimating global bee populations is humanmade, and driven by European honeybee populations, new research has ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — DNA evidence lifted from the ancient bones and teeth of people who lived in Europe from the Late Pleistocene to the early Holocene -- spanning almost 30,000 years of European prehistory -- has ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Each year, as bears prepare to hibernate, they gorge themselves on food to pack on fat. And yet, despite the rapid weight gain, the animals somehow avoid the health consequences so often associated ... read more

Exceptionally Hot and Dry Winter in Northeast Brazil May Be Linked to Outbreak of the Zika Virus

Feb. 4, 2016 — A preliminary study has found a linkage between the exceptionally hot and dry winter and spring recently experienced in northeast Brazil and the outbreak of the zika ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Rising global temperatures may skew gender imbalance among the marine turtle population, according to new research. The sex of marine hatchlings is influenced by incubating temperatures, and warmer ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — A wide swatch of Asia, from the tropics to the mid-latitudes, which has wet and dry seasons, is significantly affected by 'Asian monsoons.' The amount of rainfall in particular has a close ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Over sixty soil experts have gone together and provided an up to date overview of European soil threats. The extensive report, which among other things provides information on the geographical spread ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — New research provides new insight into one of the world's most diverse and extensive ecosystems of living microbes. The study offers a new perspective on the growth and structure of rare, ... read more

Jays and Crows Act as Ecosystem Engineers

Feb. 3, 2016 — A forthcoming review explores how oaks and pines depend on corvids, the group of birds that includes ravens, crows, and jays, to reproduce and spread -- and how birds may be the key to helping these ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Twenty thousand years ago, low concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere allowed the earth to fall into the grip of an ice age. But despite decades of research, the reasons why levels of the ... read more

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