Odd Creatures: Earth & Climate
February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Dec. 21, 2015 — Ice particles from sea spray affect the phase structure of clouds and their radiative impacts, a new study reveals. Researchers now say that sea spray is a unique, underappreciated source of what are ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — Evolution can happen quickly. Consider a tiny fish species that evolved within decades -- both in its genome and external phenotypic traits -- after the 1964 Alaskan ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — Scientists have discovered enhanced weathering of rock could counter human-made fossil fuel CO2 emissions and help to protect our ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — An enigmatic invasive ant of unknown origin was recently revealed by an international team of scientists to actually be a commonly known species from Asia. What had formerly been considered two ... read more

Dec. 7, 2015 — While most of the knowledge about tiny snails comes from studying deserted shells sifted out from piles of dust and sand, the present research is the first contemporary microscopic exploration of ... read more

Dec. 4, 2015 — A new algorithm designed to find matching seismic signals in large earthquake databases could find previously missed ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — The Sun demonstrates the potential to superflare, new research into stellar flaring suggests. New research has found a stellar superflare on a star observed by NASA's Kepler space telescope with ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — In a new global theory of land-biome evolution, researchers suggest that plants are not passive features of their environments, but may instead actively behave in ways that determine the productivity ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A rare fossil from eastern North America of a dog-sized horned dinosaur has been identified by a scientist. The fossil provides evidence of an east-west divide in North American dinosaur ... read more

Liquid Acoustics Half Way to the Earth's Core

Nov. 24, 2015 — Scientists have succeeded in measuring the speed of sound in mixtures of liquid iron and carbon in extreme conditions, allowing limits to be set on the composition of the Earth's ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Fish have a remarkable way to hide from their predators using camouflage techniques. A new study shows that fish scales have evolved to not only reflect light, but to also scramble polarization. ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Stormy space weather sweeping across the equator is threatening vital power grids in regions long considered safe from such events, ground-breaking new research ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — In the animal world, if several males mate with the same female, their sperm compete to fertilize her limited supply of eggs. Longer sperm often seem to have a competitive advantage. However, a study ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Pingos are spectacular landforms associated with permafrost in the Arctic. They are circular or elliptical formations protruding from the level ground of the tundra, and can be up to 60 meters high. ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — Ants may respond to disturbances in their nest as one highly organized 'superorganism', according to a new ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Why does a kangaroo expel less methane than a cow? Researchers decided to investigate -- and discovered that the emission of this climate-damaging gas in kangaroos is linked to how long food is ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — Biogas potentially available from human waste worldwide would have a value of up to US$ 9.5 billion in natural gas equivalent, UN University's Canadian-based water institute estimates. And the ... read more

Fireworks Are Fun but Can Reduce Visibility

Nov. 2, 2015 — There is a sharp reduction in visibility caused by fireworks and bonfires on Guy Fawkes' night, say scientists. They found that visibility was further decreased when the relative humidity was ... read more

In 2030, We Will Have Local Protein on Our Plate

Nov. 2, 2015 — In 2030, new sources that will not accelerate climate change and that are located near the consumer will make available both food and fodder. New foodstuffs are being developed by breeding insects, ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — While Mars doesn't have much in the way of Earth-like weather, it does evidently share one kind of weird meteorology: acid fog. A planetary scientist has pieced together a compelling story about ... read more

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