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Dramatic decline in genetic diversity of Northwest salmon charted

PULLMAN, Wash. Jan. 16, 2018 – Columbia River Chinook salmon have lost as much as two-thirds of their genetic diversity, Washington State University researchers...

Jet stream changes since 1960s linked to more extreme weather

January 16, 2018 - Increased fluctuations in the path of the North Atlantic jet stream since the 1960s coincide with more extreme weather events...

The Sun in 2017

January 12, 2018 - This montage of 365 images shows the changing activity of our Sun through the eyes of ESA’s Proba-2 satellite during...

GeoCarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas

January 12, 2018 - A new NASA Earth science mission in the early stages of design may achieve a transformational advance in our understanding...

River flood risks increase around the globe under future warming

January 11, 2018 - Rainfall changes caused by global warming will increase river flood risks across the globe. Already today, fluvial floods are among...

La Niña is likely (~85-95%) through Northern Hemisphere winter, with a transition to ENSO-neutral...

January 11, 2018 - La Niña continued during the past month, as indicated by the pattern of below-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the...

Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand

January 10, 2018 - The fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found,...

Why did the elephant cross the road? In Malaysia they are trying to find...

The body of an elephant calf lies on the side of a remote highway in the north of Peninsular Malaysia – the East-West Highway...

Study finds a decrease in wildlife populations causes an upsurge in local tick populations

DENVER, Jan. 4, 2018 - Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, have found that a decrease in wildlife populations...

Which came first: Complex life or high atmospheric oxygen?

January 4, 2018 - We and all other animals wouldn't be here today if our planet didn't have a lot of oxygen in its...

Research reveals evidence of new population of ancient Native Americans

January 3, 2018 - Genetic analysis of ancient DNA from a six-week-old infant found at an Interior Alaska archaeological site has revealed a previously...

Scientists describe how solar system could have formed in bubble around giant star

January 2, 2018 - Despite the many impressive discoveries humans have made about the universe, scientists are still unsure about the birth story of...

Charcoal remains could accelerate CO2 emissions after forest fires

Dec. 29, 2017 - Charcoal remains after a forest fire help decompose fine roots in the soil, potentially accelerating CO2 emissions in boreal forests. Boreal...

State Medicaid expansions led to more prenatal care for low-income mothers

Dec. 29, 2017 - The Medicaid expansions for low-income parents that took place in 34 states between 1996 and 2011 led to a 2.3...

Earth wind transported to the Moon

Dec. 29, 2017 - When and how was the Earth formed in the vast Universe? Is the Earth unique in the Universe? These questions...

Arecibo Radar Returns with Asteroid Phaethon Images

December 26, 2017 - After several months of downtime since Hurricane Maria struck the island of Puerto Rico, the Arecibo Observatory Planetary Radar has...

Are we doomed? New online course asks how we can make the modern world...

Dec. 20, 2017 - A new online course from the University of Leicester, available on the FutureLearn social learning platform, will unpick the complex...

Oldest Fossils Ever Found Show Life on Earth Began Before 3.5 Billion Years Ago

MADISON, Wis. Dec. 20, 2017 - Researchers at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin–Madison have confirmed that microscopic fossils discovered in a nearly 3.5...

85 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, December 18, 2017 - In 2017, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 85 new plant and animal species to the...

World Meteorological Organization: El Niño / La Niña Update – December 2017

December 18, 2017 - Sea surface temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean have recently cooled to weak La Niña levels. Similarly, most atmospheric indicators...