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UAlberta physicists upend what is known about northern lights

Sept. 19, 2017 - What scientists thought caused certain classes of northern lights is not what causes certain classes of northern lights. In a landmark...

NASA Satellites that Measure Ice Loss Nearly Out of Fuel

Sept. 14, 2017 - With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around...

Antidepressants Associated with Significantly Elevated Risk of Death, Researchers Find

HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 18, 2014 – Antidepressant medications, most commonly prescribed to reduce depression and anxiety, increase the risk of death, according to new findings by...

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Climbing Toward Ridge Top

September 14, 2017 - NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun the steep ascent of an iron-oxide-bearing ridge that's grabbed scientists' attention since before the...

Cassini’s legacy and the atmospheric chemistry of Titan (video)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2017 — The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, is set to end on...

Decade of data shows FEMA flood maps missed 3 in 4 claims

Sept. 13, 2017 - An analysis of flood claims in several southeast Houston suburbs from 1999-2009 found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 100-year...

Northern cities also face potential for flooding as global temperatures continue to warm

Sept. 13, 2017 - Southern cities such as Houston and Tampa -- which faced the wrath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively -- may...

Half-a-billion-year-old fossils shed light animal evolution on earth

Sept. 11, 2017 - Scientists have discovered traces of life more than half-a-billion years old that could change the way we think about how...

Children Exposed to Chemicals in 9/11 ‘Dust’ Show Early Signs of Risk of Heart...

Sept. 11, 2017 - Sixteen years after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers sent a “cloud” of toxic debris across Lower Manhattan,...

A Rare Quake Made Even Rarer

The big earthquake that struck the Pacific coast of southern Mexico and northern Guatemala on Thursday night was the strongest temblor on our planet...

Smoke Over the United States

September 5, 2017 - With dozens of wildfires burning across the western United States and Canada, many North Americans have had the acrid taste of...

Eat fat, live longer?

September 5, 2017 - As more people live into their 80s and 90s, researchers have delved into the issues of health and quality of...

California Academy of Sciences assembles genome of threatened northern spotted owl

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.  September 5, 2017 - A charismatic owl iconic to Pacific Coast forests is no longer ruling the roost, and scientists now...

What Lives in Floodwater? Q & A with an Environmental Microbiologist

Aug. 30, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey has poured more than 50 inches of rain over the Houston area since Aug. 25. Morteza Abbaszadegan, is an...

Climate may quickly drive forest-eating beetles north, says study

Aug. 28, 2017 - Over the next few decades, global warming-related rises in winter temperatures could significantly extend the range of the southern pine...

Oil and gas wells as a strong source of greenhouse gases

Aug. 28, 2017 - The pictures went around the world. In April 2010, huge amounts of methane gas escaped from a well below the...

UC Davis News: $4.5M grant funds new disease-resistant strawberries

August 25, 2017 - The Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, and colleagues in California and Florida have received a...

CDC: Some Infants still not receiving the recommended screenings and interventions for hearing loss...

August 24, 2017 - Today’s Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the benefits of...

Severity of North Pacific storms at highest point in over 1,200 years

Aug. 24, 2017 - The intensification of winter storm activity in Alaska and Northwestern Canada started close to 300 years ago and is unprecedented...

Man-made fossil methane emission levels larger than previously believed

Aug. 24, 2017 - In 2011 a team of researchers led by Vasilii Petrenko, an assistant professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the...