Sci/Tech

New fossil evidence supports theory that first mass extinction engineered by early animals

July 31, 2016 - Newly discovered fossil evidence from Namibia strengthens the proposition that the world's first mass extinction was caused by "ecosystem engineers" -...

Solar eruption larger than Earth

August 1, 2016 - A gigantic ribbon of hot gas bursts upwards from the Sun, guided by a giant loop of invisible magnetism. This remarkable...

ORNL-led study analyzes electric grid vulnerabilities in extreme weather areas

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 29, 2016 - Climate and energy scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new...

Cancer-causing chemical in drinking water traced to fire-fighting foam

Aug. 9, 2016 - Fire-fighting foam containing highly fluorinated chemicals is contaminating drinking water supplies around many of the nation’s military bases, airports and...

High number of pesticides within colonies linked to honey bee deaths

Oct. 7, 2016 - Honey bee colonies in the United States have been dying at high rates for over a decade, and agricultural pesticides--including...

Extreme downpours could increase five-fold across parts of the U.S.

BOULDER, Colo. December 6, 2016 - At century's end, the number of summertime storms that produce extreme downpours could increase by more than 400...

Substance in crude oil harms fish hearts, could affect humans as well

February 2, 2017 - Research from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station has identified a substance in oil that’s to blame for the cardiotoxicity seen...

Weedkiller chemical (glyphosate) safety standards need urgent review

March 23, 2017 - Emerging evidence suggests that the safety standards for glyphosate—a chemical widely used in common weed-killers—may be failing to protect public...

Climate stabilization: Planting trees cannot replace cutting CO2 emissions

May 19, 2017 - Growing plants and then storing the CO2 they have taken up from the atmosphere is no viable option to counteract...

Large Asteroid to Safely Pass Earth on Sept. 1

August 21, 2017 - Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about...

Sea-level rise, not stronger storm surge, will cause future NYC flooding

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA, Oct. 23, 2017 - Rising sea levels caused by a warming climate threaten greater future storm damage to New York City,...

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...

ESA testing detection of floating plastic litter from orbit

March 19, 2018 - The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding...

Six common types of disgust that protect us from disease revealed for the first...

June 5, 2018 - Poor hygiene, animals or insects carrying disease and risky sexual behaviour are among the distinct kinds of disgust that can...

Lichen is losing to wildfire, years after flames are gone

August 9, 2018 - As increasingly hot and severe wildfires scorch the West, some lichen communities integral to conifer forests aren’t returning, even years...

IIASA contributes to IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

Oct. 9, 2018 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, a new assessment...

After the hurricane: Maria’s far-reaching effects on Puerto Rico’s watersheds and forests

Dec. 10, 2018 - With fierce winds and flooding rains, hurricanes can be disasters for people -- and for ecosystems. These devastating storms have...

In the squirrel world, prime real estate is determined by previous owner, study reveals

Feb. 14, 2019 - A young squirrel lucky enough to take over territory from an adult male squirrel is like a teenager falling into...

Solar energy boosted by new forecasting system

BOULDER, Colo. August 24, 2016 - A cutting edge forecasting system developed by a national team of scientists offers the potential to save the...

Study: Conservation preferred way to protect drinking water

Oct. 28, 2016  - The water crisis in Flint, Michigan put the need to protect and invest in clean drinking water front and center...