Odd Creatures: Earth & Climate
March 29, 2017

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March 29, 2017

Surf and Earth: How Prawn Shopping Bags Could Save the Planet

Jan. 10, 2017 — Bioengineers are trialing how to use shrimp shells to make biodegradable shopping bags, as a ‘green’ alternative to oil-based plastic, and as a new food packaging material to extend product shelf ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — Scientists have discovered six new animal species in undersea hot springs 2.8 kilometres deep in the southwest Indian ... read more

Dec. 14, 2016 — A sound in the Mariana Trench notable for its complexity and wide frequency range likely represents the discovery of a new baleen whale call, according to the researchers who recorded and analyzed ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — Often portrayed as pulling Santa's sleigh, reindeer are a Christmas staple. Now, ecologists have found that reindeer are shrinking due to the impact of climate change on their food ... read more

Dec. 8, 2016 — Evolution is working hard to rescue some urban fish from a lethal, human-altered environment, according to a study. Atlantic killifish living in four polluted East Coast estuaries have adapted to ... read more

Nov. 30, 2016 — The planet's technosphere now weighs some 30 trillion tons -- a mass of more than 50 kilos for every square meter of the Earth's surface, report investigators. Additionally, the numbers of ... read more

Nov. 29, 2016 — Somewhere between Earth's creation and where we are today, scientists have demonstrated that some early life forms existed just fine without any oxygen. The 2.52 billion-year-old ... read more

Nov. 28, 2016 — Researchers in Australia have made an important discovery about how sand 'holds its breath' -- specifically, how diatoms survive in the ever-changing environmental conditions of a beach. ... read more

Nov. 21, 2016 — Fluid dynamics met history for a team of researchers who studied the Boston Molasses Flood, a disaster that claimed 21 lives, injured 150 and flattened buildings in the Commercial Street area of ... read more

Who Knew? Ammonia-Rich Bird Waste Cools the Atmosphere

Nov. 17, 2016 — It turns out bird feces helps cool the Arctic. That’s according to new research by atmospheric scientists, who are working to better understand key components of Arctic climate ... read more

Nov. 16, 2016 — Launched in July this year, Pokémon Go has become a global phenomenon, reaching 500 million downloads within two months of release. The augmented reality game, designed for mobile devices, allows ... read more

Nov. 3, 2016 — The GRAPES-3 muon telescope recorded a burst of galactic cosmic rays of about 20 GeV, on 22 June 2015 lasting for two hours. The burst occurred when a giant cloud of plasma ejected from the solar ... read more

Nov. 3, 2016 — For centuries, artists, biologists and mathematicians have been inspired by the recurring patterns of the plant world: the exquisite symmetry of flowers, the sweeping spirals of seeds, spines and ... read more

Nov. 3, 2016 — Climate change is currently one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, and one of the groups of animals most affected by the increase in temperature is amphibians. A team of scientists studied how ... read more

Nov. 2, 2016 — It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, thanks to new research. The technology, hydrothermal ... read more

Oct. 25, 2016 — Microbes have a remarkable ability to adapt to the extreme conditions in fracking wells. A new finding helps scientists understand what is happening inside fracking wells and could offer insight into ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Low-frequency vibrations of the Ross Ice Shelf are likely causing ripples and undulations in the air above Antarctica, a new study finds. Using mathematical models of the ice shelf, the study's ... read more

Oct. 20, 2016 — Flooring can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses alike. Now, flooring could be even more "green," thanks ... 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

Oct. 10, 2016 — Every school child knows that ice melts in the summer and freezes in the winter. But it turns out that the process isn’t that simple in the Arctic, where one type of sea ice structure, called an ... read more

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