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February 28, 2017
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Slower snowmelt in a warming world



Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
As the world warms, mountain snowpack will not only melt earlier, it will also melt more slowly, according to a new study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The counterintuitive finding, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, could have widespread implications for water supplies, ecosystem health, and flood risk. "When snowmelt shifts earlier in the year, the snow is no longer melting under the high sun angles of late spring and early summer," ... read more

EARLY EARTH
Trilobite eggs in New York
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Despite a plethora of exceptionally preserved trilobites, trilobite reproduction has remained a mystery. No previously described trilobite has had unambiguous eggs or genitalia preserved. This study ... more
EARLY EARTH
Earth probably began with a solid shell
College Park MD (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Today's Earth is a dynamic planet with an outer layer composed of giant plates that grind together, sliding past or dipping beneath one another, giving rise to earthquakes and volcanoes. Others sepa ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Study targets warm water rings that fuel hurricane intensification
Miami FL (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Last year's devastating category-5 hurricane - Matthew - may be one of many past examples of a tropical storm fueled by massive rings of warm water that exist in the upper reaches of the Caribbean S ... more
ABOUT US
Neanderthal DNA contributes to human gene expression
London, UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
The last Neanderthal died 40,000 years ago, but much of their genome lives on, in bits and pieces, through modern humans. The impact of Neanderthals' genetic contribution has been uncertain: Do thes ... more
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ICE WORLD
Air pollution may have masked mid-20th Century sea ice loss
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Humans may have been altering Arctic sea ice longer than previously thought, according to researchers studying the effects of air pollution on sea ice growth in the mid-20th Century. The new results ... more
ABOUT US
Study shows ancient humans arrived in South America in multiple waves
Buffalo NY (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Analysis of ancient human skulls found in southeastern Brazil are providing new insights into the complex narrative of human migration from our origins in sub-Saharan Africa to the peopling of the A ... more
ABOUT US
Will naming the Anthropocene lead to acceptance of our planet-level impact
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." This phrase - from William Shakespeare's tragic play Romeo and Juliet - is among the most famous acknowledgement ... more
FIRE STORM
Humans sparked 84 percent of US wildfires, increased fire season over 2 decades
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Humans have dramatically increased the spatial and seasonal extent of wildfires across the U.S. in recent decades and ignited more than 840,000 blazes in the spring, fall and winter seasons over a 2 ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Just how early is spring arriving in your neighborhood
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Even Punxsutawaney Phil can't be blamed for being baffled this year and hightailing it back to his burrow. He predicted six more weeks of winter on Feb 2, but by then spring was already springing we ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Recovering predators and prey
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
If you build it, they will come. That's historically been a common approach to species recovery: Grow the prey population first and predators will quickly return. As it turns out, that's not quite t ... more


Newfound primate teeth take a big bite out of the evolutionary tree of life

WATER WORLD
Warming temperatures could trigger starvation, extinctions in deep oceans
Corvallis OR (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Researchers from 20 of the world's leading oceanographic research centers today warned that the world's largest habitat - the deep ocean floor - may face starvation and sweeping ecological change by ... more
WOOD PILE
Forests to play major role in meeting Paris climate targets
Bristol, UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Forests are set to play a major role in meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement - however, accurately monitoring progress toward the "below 2 C" target requires a consistent approach t ... more
ICE WORLD
International team reports ocean acidification spreading rapidly in Arctic Ocean
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Ocean acidification (OA) is spreading rapidly in the western Arctic Ocean in both area and depth, according to new interdisciplinary research reported in Nature Climate Change by a team of internati ... more
TECH SPACE
Two radar eyes are better than one
Paris (ESA) Feb 28, 2017
A novel airborne experiment over the flat agricultural landscape of the Netherlands recently simulated, for the first time, images that could be taken by radar satellites orbiting in tandem. Involvi ... more

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Berlusconi lunch on auction to help Italy quake victims
Rome (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Fancy a lunch with Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media tycoon and disgraced ex-prime minister of Italy? You'll be helping the country's earthquake victims if you're ready to pay the price. The Italian Red Cross and CharityStars, a fund-raising website, is auctioning off a "business lunch" in Milan with 80-year-old Berlusconi, who faced a string of legal cases before being convicted of c ... more
Les Cayes, Haiti (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
Haitians' ire over carnival spending amid hurricane's ruins
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Rio sets aside recession, violence fears for carnival
Ottawa (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
Canada conservationist warns of 'cyber poaching
When Rocket Science Meets X-ray Science
Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
It takes rocket science to launch and fly spacecraft to faraway planets and moons, but a deep understanding of how materials perform under extreme conditions is also needed to enter and land on planets with atmospheres. X-ray science is playing a key role, too, in ensuring future spacecraft survive in extreme environments as they descend through otherworldly atmospheres and touch down safely on ... more
Denver CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
York Space partners with Metropolitan State for Denver satellite facility
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
NASA team develops modular avionics systems for small missions
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
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Warming temperatures could trigger starvation, extinctions in deep oceans
Corvallis OR (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Researchers from 20 of the world's leading oceanographic research centers today warned that the world's largest habitat - the deep ocean floor - may face starvation and sweeping ecological change by the year 2100. Warming ocean temperatures, increased acidification and the spread of low-oxygen zones will drastically alter the biodiversity of the deep ocean floor from 200 to 6,000 meters be ... more
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Basking sharks seek out winter sun
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Marine ecologist offers suggestions for achieving a strong, lasting 'blue economy'
Paris (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming: study
Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends
London, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth's climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL. In a new study published in Nature, researchers from UCL (University College London), University of Cambridge and University of Louvain have combined existing ideas to solve the problem of which solar energy peaks in the last 2.6 million years led to the melting of the ice she ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Air pollution may have masked mid-20th Century sea ice loss
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
International team reports ocean acidification spreading rapidly in Arctic Ocean
Norwich, UK (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Local weather impacts melting of one of Antarctica's fastest-retreating glaciers
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Boca Raton FL (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology public company commercializing its technology derived from and designed for Space with significant applications for agriculture on Earth, announced that its research experiment using its BAM-FXmicronutrient product was successfully delivered today to the International Space Station (ISS) on the SpaceXCRS-10 Dragon cargo resupply mission ... more
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Scientists have gotten better at predicting where earthquakes will occur, but they're still in the dark about when they will strike and how devastating they will be. In the search for clues that will help them better understand earthquakes, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania are studying a phenomenon called ageing. In ageing, the longer that materials are in contact with each oth ... more
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Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Sixteen people have been killed in three days of fighting this week that pitted the Democratic Republic of Congo's army against a rebel militia, a military spokesman told AFP Thursday. Guillaume Djike, a spokesman for the army in troubled North Kivu province in the east of the nation, said 16 people had been killed from Monday to Wednesday, while five rebels from the M23 militia had been cap ... more
Niamey (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
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Bangui, CAR (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
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Abidjan (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
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Newfound primate teeth take a big bite out of the evolutionary tree of life
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Fossil hunters have found part of an ancient primate jawbone related to lemurs - the primitive primate group distantly connected to monkeys, apes and humans, a USC researcher said. Biren Patel, an associate professor of clinical cell and neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has been digging for fossils in a paleontologically rich area of Kashmir in northern India for six yea ... more
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Neanderthal DNA contributes to human gene expression
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Study shows ancient humans arrived in South America in multiple waves
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Will naming the Anthropocene lead to acceptance of our planet-level impact
Military Radar Summit 2017
Just how early is spring arriving in your neighborhood
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Even Punxsutawaney Phil can't be blamed for being baffled this year and hightailing it back to his burrow. He predicted six more weeks of winter on Feb 2, but by then spring was already springing well ahead of historical norms in much of the USA. While we've known for a over a decade now that climate change is variably advancing the onset of spring across the United States, a new set of ma ... more
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Warming ponds could accelerate climate change
Quixeramobim, Brazil (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Brazil's poorest region suffers worst drought in a century
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Climate study delivers dire warning on Alpine snow
'Quartz' crystals at the Earth's core power its magnetic field
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The Earth's core consists mostly of a huge ball of liquid metal lying at 3000 km beneath its surface, surrounded by a mantle of hot rock. Notably, at such great depths, both the core and mantle are subject to extremely high pressures and temperatures. Furthermore, research indicates that the slow creeping flow of hot buoyant rocks - moving several centimeters per year - carries heat away f ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
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New Questions on How Earth's Atmosphere and Oceans Formed
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found seawater cycles throughout the Earth's interior down to 2,900 km (1,800 miles), much deeper than previously thought, reopening questions about how the atmosphere and oceans formed. A popular theory is that the atmosphere and oceans formed by releasing water and gases from the Earth's mantle through volcanic activity duri ... more
Bristol, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
New study gives weight to Darwin's theory of 'living fossils'
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Trilobite eggs in New York
College Park MD (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Earth probably began with a solid shell
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
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Confined nanoparticles improve hydrogen storage materials performance
Livermore CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Sometimes, you have to go small to win big. That is the approach a multilab, interdisciplinary team took in using nanoparticles and a novel nanoconfinement system to develop a method to change hydrogen storage properties. This discovery could enable the creation of high-capacity hydrogen storage materials capable of quick refueling, improving the performance of emerging hydrogen fuel cell electr ... more
Livermore CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Nano-sized hydrogen storage system increases efficiency
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Ants stomp, termites tiptoe: Predator detection by a cryptic prey
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Termites and ants are mortal enemies, their predator-prey relationship dating back into the Miocene. Both armies, if they come into contact, will fight to the death. Yet termites, despite being sightless, carry out their work within millimetres of ant nests thanks to an incredible talent. University of New South Wales (Canberra) researchers Sebastian Oberst (now Senior Lecturer at the newl ... more
Utrecht, Germany (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Wintering ducks connect isolated wetlands by dispersing plant seeds
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Recovering predators and prey
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Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconduct
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Wednesday after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city. Tsang, 72, who held the leadership post of chief executive for seven years from 2005, is the most senior city official ever to be convicted in a criminal trial and the highest ranking one to be pu ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
China muzzles feminist group over anti-Trump posts
Shanghai (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
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Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
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Forests worldwide threatened by drought
Stirling, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, University of Stirling researchers have found. An analysis, published in the journal Ecology Letters, suggests that forests are at risk globally from the increased frequency and severity of droughts. The study found a similar response in trees across the world, where death increases consistently with increases in drou ... more
Bristol, UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Forests to play major role in meeting Paris climate targets
Syracuse, N.Y. (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Study: The forest is getting farther away, especially in rural America
Yangon (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Myanmar makes record seizures of illegal timber


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