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February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017

Unsung Hero of Science: Assessment

Feb. 20, 2017 — Assessment adds enormous value to the scientific landscape, creating foundations for government and ... read more

Quest for Climate-Friendly Refrigerants Finds Complicated Choices

Feb. 17, 2017 — Researchers have just completed a multiyear study to identify the 'best' candidates for future use as air conditioning refrigerants that will have the lowest impact on the ... read more

Some Marine Creatures May Be More Resilient to Harsher Ocean Conditions Than Expected

Feb. 15, 2017 — As the world continually emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans are taking a hit, absorbing some of it and growing more acidic. Among other effects, scientists have found that coral ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Ice loss from Canada's Arctic glaciers has transformed them into a major contributor to sea level change, new research has found. From 2005 to 2015, surface melt off ice caps and glaciers of the ... read more

Ancient Jars Found in Judea Reveal Earth's Magnetic Field Is Fluctuating, Not Diminishing

Feb. 14, 2017 — Surprising new evidence derived from ancient ceramics proves that the Earth's geomagnetic force fluctuates -- not diminishes -- over time, researchers ... read more

Seismicity in British Columbia and Hidden Continent Called Zealandia

Feb. 14, 2017 — Seismicity in the Pacific Northwest is well documented and includes recent seismic activity on fault systems within the Juan de Fuca Strait. However, the seismic potential of crustal faults within ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Researchers found sunlight converted little if any permafrost thawed carbon to carbon dioxide, whereas microbes were shown to rapidly convert permafrost carbon to carbon ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — By using high-res images taken by the latest generation of compact satellites, scientists have developed a new capability for estimating crop yields from ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Crustaceans from the deepest ocean trenches found to contain ten times the level of industrial pollution than the average earthworm, scientists have ... read more

Marine Bacteria Produce an Environmentally Important Molecule With Links to Climate

Feb. 13, 2017 — Scientists have discovered that tiny marine bacteria can synthesize one of Earth's most abundant sulfur molecules, which affects atmospheric chemistry and potentially climate. This molecule, ... read more

Impact of Climate Change on Mammals and Birds 'Greatly Underestimated'

Feb. 13, 2017 — Large numbers of threatened species have already been impacted by climate change, new research concludes. Alarmingly, this team of international researchers found evidence of observed responses to ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Even though it is hotter than the surface of the Sun, the crystallized iron core of the Earth remains solid. A new study may finally settle a longstanding debate over how that's possible, as ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — New research describes how scientists have used the world's largest array of seismic sensors to map a deep-Earth area of melting carbon covering 1.8 million square kilometers. Situated under the ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — The new Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) instrument onboard NOAA's GOES-16 is working and successfully sending data back to ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — New research makes it possible to predict how volume for a given protein will change between the folded and unfolded state. Computations accurately predict how a protein will react to increased ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — The Arctic has a serious litter problem: in just 10 years, the concentration of marine litter at a deep-sea station in the Arctic Ocean has risen 20-fold, according to ... read more

Cold Plates and Hot Melts: New Data on History of Pacific Ring of Fire

Feb. 10, 2017 — The movements of Earth's tectonic plates shape the face of our planet. The sinking of one plate beneath another causes volcanism and earthquakes. Scientists have been able to drill and ... read more

Sea-Level Change in Southeast Asia 6,000 Years Ago Has Implications for Today

Feb. 10, 2017 — Sea level in Southeast Asia fluctuated wildly -- and naturally -- more than 6,000 years ago, twice rising nearly two feet in a period of about 200 years, report ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign, data from the new program are providing a dramatic increase in knowledge of how ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — A recent interpretive review of scientific literature sheds light on the interactions of gas hydrates and ... read more

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