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October 28, 2016

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October 28, 2016

Oct. 20, 2016 — Plankton blooms in spring are largely driven by temperature-induced increases in cell division, a new study ... read more

Oct. 20, 2016 — Five hundred vents newly discovered off the US West Coast, each bubbling methane from Earth's belly, top a long list of revelations about "submerged America" being celebrated by ... read more

Scientists Find Link Between Tropical Storms, Decline of River Deltas

Oct. 19, 2016 — A change in the patterns of tropical storms is threatening the future of the Mekong River delta in Vietnam, research shows, indicating a similar risk to other deltas around the ... read more

Oct. 19, 2016 — Oceans might not be thought of as magnetic, but they make a tiny contribution to our planet's protective magnetic shield. Remarkably, ESA's Swarm satellites have not only measured this ... read more

Oct. 19, 2016 — Following the devastating droughts in the 70s and 80s in the Sahel region south of the Sahara desert, vegetation has now recovered. What surprised the researchers is that although it is now raining ... read more

Caribbean Heritage Under Threat

Oct. 19, 2016 — Loss of cultural heritage first brings to mind the destruction in the Middle East. But in the Caribbean it is mainly natural processes such as coastal erosion and human interventions driven by ... read more

New Satellite Image Database Maps the Dynamics of Human Presence on Earth

Oct. 18, 2016 — Built-up areas on the Earth have increased by 2.5 times since 1975. And yet, today 7.3 billion people live and work in only 7.6% of the global land mass. Nine out of the ten most populated urban ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — Tiny robots have been helping researchers study how cli­mate change affects bio­di­ver­sity. These “robo­mus­sels” have the shape, size, and color of actual mus­sels, with minia­ture ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — The first large-scale map of rainfall declines revealed by signatures in ancient soil could help researchers better understand profound regional and global climate ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — A new mechanism may explain how great earthquakes with magnitudes larger than M7 are linked to coastal uplift in many regions worldwide. This has important implications for the seismic hazard and the ... read more

Oct. 14, 2016 — The same hotspot in Earth's mantle that feeds Iceland's active volcanoes has been playing a trick on the scientists who are trying to measure how much ice is melting on nearby Greenland. ... read more

Wind Patterns in Lowest Layers of Supercell Storms Key to Predicting Tornadoes

Oct. 13, 2016 — Wind patterns in the lowest 500 meters of the atmosphere near supercell thunderstorms can help predict whether that storm will generate a tornado, report ... read more

Future of Antarctic Marine Protected Areas at Risk

Oct. 13, 2016 — Antarctica's surrounding waters are home to some of the healthiest marine ecosystems on Earth and support thriving populations of krill, seabirds, fish and whales. But efforts to establish a ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — A new global assessment of forests -- perhaps the largest terrestrial repositories of biodiversity -- suggests that, on average, a 10% loss in biodiversity leads to a 2 to 3% loss in the ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — A geology researcher is going deep below Earth's surface to understand how some of the most abundant minerals that comprise Earth's crust change under ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — New research reveals how a single warming event in Antarctica may be an indication of future ecosystem changes. Stationed in East Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys -- a polar desert that's ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — A comet strike may have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of Earth caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide 56 million years ago, which offers ... read more

Team Delivers a Champion in Carbon Dioxide Conversion

Oct. 13, 2016 — A research team has developed an innovative concept to convert carbon dioxide into valuable products. The new process, coined “super-dry” methane reforming, intensifies carbon dioxide conversion, ... read more

Knowledge Increases Awareness of Biodiversity Despite Firsthand Experiences

Oct. 13, 2016 — Protecting an ecological paradise like the island of Santa Cruz can be challenging for its resource managers who want to maximize visitor experiences while minimizing negative impacts on the park. As ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — Geomorphologists who study Earth’s surface features and the processes that formed them have long been interested in how floods, in particular catastrophic outbursts that occur when a glacial lake ... read more

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