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September 2, 2015

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September 2, 2015

Sep. 2, 2015 — Watershed health and water quality issues are a growing concern. Researchers examined the sediments traveling downstream toward Lake Winnipeg using a technique called color fingerprinting. The color ... read more

Many North American Birds May Lose Part of Range Under Climate Change Scenarios

Sep. 2, 2015 — Over 50 percent of nearly 600 surveyed bird species may lose more than half of their current geographic range across three climate change scenarios through the end of the century in North ... read more

Animal Without Synapses Feeds by External Digestion Using Global, Local Cellular Control

Sep. 2, 2015 — A multicellular marine animal without organs, Trichoplax's feeding behavior may include cellular coordination, resulting in external food ... read more

Seal Pups Listen for Long Distance Calls to Locate Their Mothers

Sep. 2, 2015 — Antarctic fur seal pups identify the mother's vocal pitch at longer distance and use other components of the vocal signature at closer range to identify their mother in densely populated ... read more

Study Uses Internet, Social Media to Show How Fracking Documentary Influenced Public Perception, Political Change

Sep. 2, 2015 — A new study is the first to use the Internet and social media to systematically show how a documentary film reshaped public perception and ultimately led to municipal bans on hydraulic ... read more

New International Standards Needed to Manage Ocean Noise

Sep. 1, 2015 — As governments and industries expand their use of high-decibel seismic surveys to explore the ocean bottom for resources, experts from eight universities or organizations say new global standards and ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — China's Loess Plateau was formed by wind alternately depositing dust or removing dust over the last 2.6 million years. The new study is the first to explain how the steep-fronted plateau formed: ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Water sampling and aerial photography show that the algal blooms currently coloring lower Chesapeake Bay are among the most intense and widespread of recent ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — At the bottom of a frigid Antarctic lake, a thin layer of green slime is generating a little oasis of oxygen, a team of researchers has found. It's the first modern replica discovered of ... read more

Climate Change Will Irreversibly Force Key Ocean Bacteria Into Overdrive

Sep. 1, 2015 — The levels of ocean acidification predicted for the year 2100 have been shown to cause an irreversible evolutionary change to a bacteria foundational to the ocean's food ... read more

Could Tiny Jellyfish Propulsion Drive Design of New Underwater Craft?

Sep. 1, 2015 — Scientists have seen the future of under-sea exploration by studying the swimming prowess of tiny jellyfish gathered from Puget Sound off Washington's San Juan ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Scientists have solved a decades-old geological mystery into what caused the death of a Florida cave ... read more

Heat and Acid Could Squeeze Trout out of Southern Appalachian Streams

Sep. 1, 2015 — A newly published research study that combines effects of warming temperatures from climate change with stream acidity projects average losses of around 10 percent of stream habitat for coldwater ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Unlike most mammals, mature male orangutans exhibit different facial characteristics: some develop large 'cheek pads' on their faces; other males do not. A team of researchers studied the ... read more

First Global Antineutrino Emission Map Highlights Earth's Energy Budget

Sep. 1, 2015 — A team of geologists and physicists has generated the world's first global map of antineutrino emissions. The map provides an important baseline image of the energy budget of Earth's ... read more

New Approach to Modeling Amazon Seasonal Cycles Developed

Aug. 31, 2015 — Engineers have developed a new approach, opposite to climate models, to correct inaccuracies using a high-resolution atmospheric model that more precisely resolves clouds and convection and ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Researchers from CSIRO and Imperial College London have assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world's seabirds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, and found the ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Ancient rocks harbored microbial life deep below the seafloor, reports scientists. This first-time evidence was contained in drilled rock samples of Earth's mantle -- thrust by tectonic forces ... read more

Sea Temperature Changes Linked to Mystery North Pacific Ecosystem Shifts

Aug. 31, 2015 — Researchers have long been puzzled by two rapid and widespread changes in the abundance and distribution of North Pacific plankton and fish species that impacted the region's economically ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — In the world of computer gaming, bragging rights are accorded to those who can boast of blazing-fast graphics cards, the most powerful processors, the highest-resolution monitors, and the coolest ... read more

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