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February 5, 2016

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February 5, 2016

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 — 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 — 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

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

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

Feb. 3, 2016 — Geologists may have finally explained what triggers certain earthquakes that occur deep beneath the Earth's surface in subduction zones, regions where one tectonic plate slides beneath another. ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Earth's magnetic field occasionally reverses its polarity -- the magnetic north and south poles swap places. When magnetic polarity remains stable in one orientation for more than 10 million ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — How did life begin? This is one of the most fundamental questions scientists puzzle over. To address it, they have to look not just back to the primordial Earth, but out into space. Now, scientists ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Loss of ice in Antarctica caused by a warming ocean could raise global sea levels by three meters, research ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Because Volkswagen has committed large-scale fraud with the software in diesel engines, nine million fraudulent cars, sold in Europe and the US from 2009 to 2015, have emitted a cumulative amount of ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming ... read more

Charisma Counts: Focus on Great Apes Creates Glaring Research Gaps in Tropical Africa, Asia

Feb. 2, 2016 — Large national parks that are home to gorillas, chimpanzees and other great apes are focal points for much of the field research conducted in tropical Africa and Asia, resulting in crucial knowledge ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study shows that the North Atlantic absorbed 50 percent more human-made carbon dioxide over the last decade, compared to the previous decade. The findings show the impact that the burning of ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Scientists have announced the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae in Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The new species were collected between 200-400 feet, ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Evidence indicates that 2015 was the hottest year on record. Increasing temperatures and climate variability might have an effect on the sounds produced by gray treefrogs. In a recent study, ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Not only is Greenland's melting ice sheet adding huge amounts of water to the oceans, it could also be unleashing 400,000 metric tons of phosphorus every year -- as much as the mighty ... read more

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