Sci/Tech

Looming insect invasion threatens California wine and avocados

June 18, 2019 - UC Riverside is testing whether a sesame seed-sized wasp can control a pest that could seriously damage California crops including...

Climate change threatens commercial fishers from Maine to North Carolina

June 17, 2019 - Most fishing communities from North Carolina to Maine are projected to face declining fishing options unless they adapt to climate...

Study Finds People Smoked Marijuana in Rituals 2,500 Years Ago

June 17, 2019  - A chemical residue study of incense burners from ancient burials at high elevations in the Pamir Mountains of western China...

Almost 400 medical practices found ineffective in analysis of 3,000 studies

June 14, 2019 - Scientists have identified nearly 400 established medical practices that have been found to be ineffective by clinical studies published across...

Catalog of North Texas Earthquakes Confirms Continuing Effects of Wastewater Disposal

June 11, 2019 - A comprehensive catalog of earthquake sequences in Texas’s Fort Worth Basin, from 2008 to 2018, provides a closer look at...

Extreme Arctic coast erosion revealed by drone images

June 10, 2019 - Extreme erosion of Arctic coastlines in a changing climate – up to a metre a day – has been revealed...

2019 ‘Dead Zone’ May be the Second Largest on Record

BATON ROUGE, June 10, 2019 - A recent forecast of the size of the “Dead Zone” in the northern Gulf of Mexico for late...

New study dramatically narrows the search for advanced life in the universe

RIVERSIDE, CA June 10, 2019 - Scientists may need to rethink their estimates for how many planets outside our solar system could host a...

Climate Change is Destroying a Barrier That Protects U.S. East Coast from Hurricanes

June 7, 2019 - A study suggests that climate change could soon eliminate an atmospheric barrier that protects much of the U.S. East Coast...
Top of Mauna Loa Observatory 2019 Susan Cobb - NOAA photo

NOAA: Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere hit record high in May

June 4, 2019 - Atmospheric carbon dioxide continued its rapid rise in 2019, with the average for May peaking at 414.7 parts per million (ppm)...

Researchers estimate the amount of microplastics consumed by Americans each year

June 5, 2019 - Since the mass production of plastics began in the 1940s, the versatile polymers have spread rapidly across the globe. Although...

Downpours of torrential rain more frequent with global warming

June 4, 2019 - The frequency of downpours of heavy rain--which can lead to flash floods, devastation, and outbreaks of waterborne disease--has increased across...

Patagonia ice sheets thicker than previously thought, study finds

Irvine, Calif., June 3, 2019 – After conducting a comprehensive, seven-year survey of Patagonia, glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine and partner institutions in...

ESO contributes to protecting Earth from dangerous asteroids

June 3, 2019 - The International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) coordinated a cross-organisational observing campaign of the asteroid 1999 KW4 as it flew by...

More democracy: A second chance for climate politics

May 30, 2019 - Hope was high when the Paris Climate Agreement was adopted 2015. Under the agreement, countries pledged to keep global warming...

Researcher explores the ecological links connecting all living things, from top predators to microbes

SANTA BARBARA, CA, May 29, 2019 - Tigers or termites? Blue whales or bacteria? Fishes or fungi? Large and rare or small and abundant?...

The Periodic Table: It’s More than Just Chemistry and Physics

May 28, 2019 - This is the International Year of the Periodic Table, and while I’ve been (accurately) accused of being a physics fanboy, I’m...

WMO: Strong El Niño this year appears unlikely

May 28, 2019 - A strong El Niño event during 2019 appears unlikely, according to a new World Meteorological Organization Update, which is based...

Ain’t No River Wide Enough

May 24, 2019 - Picture a languid river winding its way through a fertile plain, on its journey to the sea. For over half a...

Comet Provides New Clues to Origins of Earth’s Oceans

May 23, 2019 - The mystery of why Earth has so much water, allowing our "blue marble" to support an astounding array of life,...