Odd Creatures: Earth & Climate
July 1, 2015

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More Odd Creatures: Earth & Climate
July 1, 2015

June 22, 2015 — Researchers have analyzed size data for rodents worldwide to distinguish the truly massive mice and giant gerbils from the regular-sized rodents. They found that the furry animals with chisel-like ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Through a rare mixed-species association observed between a carnivorous predator and a potential prey, biologists have identified that solitary Ethiopian wolves will forage for rodents among grazing ... read more

June 19, 2015 — Lightning path remains unpredictable, but at a smaller scale, discharges between two electrodes can be guided by laser beams. Scientists have discovered a way to guide electric discharges -- and even ... read more

June 19, 2015 — At least nine fin whales have been discovered floating dead in waters from Kodiak to Unimak Pass since late May. 'It is an unusual and mysterious event that appears to have happened around ... read more

June 19, 2015 — Scientists have revealed that two species of deep-sea sharks, six-gill and prickly sharks, are positively buoyant -- they have to work harder to swim downward than up, and they can glide uphill for ... read more

June 18, 2015 — High in the sky where the cirrus ice crystal clouds form, jet contrails draw their crisscross patterns. Now researchers have found that these elevated ice cloud trails can influence temperatures on ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered evidence of food and potential respiratory irritants entrapped in the dental tartar of 400,000-year-old teeth at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, the site of many major ... read more

June 16, 2015 — Humans aren't the only ones who like to cruise along the waterways -- viruses do too. For the first time, a map of fecal viruses traveling our global waterways has been created using modeling ... read more

June 16, 2015 — Scientists report the development of two novel devices that derive power directly from evaporation -- a floating, piston-driven engine that generates electricity causing a light to flash, and a ... read more

June 15, 2015 — A remarkably detailed picture of the climate and ecology during the Triassic Period explains why dinosaurs failed to establish dominance near the equator for 30 million ... read more

Origins of Red Sea's Mysterious 'Cannon Earthquakes' Revealed

June 15, 2015 — For many generations, Bedouin people living in the Abu Dabbab area on the Egyptian Red Sea coast have heard distinct noises -- like the rumbling of a quarry blast or cannon shot -- accompanying small ... read more

Fighting Climate Change, With Cement

June 12, 2015 — The cement industry is one of the largest sources worldwide of carbon emissions, accounting for around five per cent of global emissions. New technologies may help substantially lower these ... read more

June 11, 2015 — Using high-speed infrared cameras and robotic flowers, scientists have learned how the hawkmoth juggles the complex sensing and control challenges of seeing in the dark, hovering in mid-air and ... read more

June 9, 2015 — A new study has yielded the first ever continuous, two or more-year satellite tagging tracks for tiger sharks. This study reveals remarkable, and previously unknown, migration patterns more similar ... read more

June 4, 2015 — An artificial intelligence system has for the first time reverse-engineered the regeneration mechanism of planaria -- the small worms whose power to regrow body parts makes them a research model in ... read more

June 4, 2015 — What is it with cheating? Cheaters seem to have an immediate advantage over cooperators, but do they have an evolutionary advantage? A new study suggests the benefits of cheating change with its ... read more

June 4, 2015 — At times during the past 10,000 years, cottontails and hares reproduced like rabbits and their numbers surged when the El Niño weather pattern drenched the Pacific Coast with rain, according to an ... read more

June 2, 2015 — New research has found that the 6 gram brown thornbill mimics the hawk alarm calls of neighboring species to scare a nest predator by convincing it that a much bigger and scarier predator -- the ... read more

June 2, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a large, previously unknown field of hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California, about 150 kilometers (100 miles) east of La Paz, Mexico. Lying more than 3,800 meters ... read more

June 2, 2015 — Methanogens -- among the simplest and oldest organisms on Earth -- could survive on Mars, new research suggests. Methanogens, microorganisms in the domain Archaea, use hydrogen as their energy source ... read more

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