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February 18, 2013
Rapid changes in Arctic ecosystem during 2012 ice minimum
Bremerhaven, Germany (SPX) Feb 18, 2013
Huge quantities of algae are growing on the underside of sea ice in the Central Arctic: in 2012 the ice algae Melosira arctica was responsible for almost half the primary production in this area. When the ice melts, as was the case during the ice minimum in 2012, these algae sink rapidly to the bottom of the sea at a depth of several thousands of metres. Deep sea animals such as sea cucumbers and brittle stars feed on the algae, and bacteria metabolise what's left, consuming the oxygen in the sea bed. ... read more
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Marsh plants actively engineer their landscape
Marsh plants, far from being passive wallflowers, are "secret gardeners" that actively engineer their landscape to increase their species' odds of survival, says a team of scientists from Duke Unive ... more

The Spark Within: Light-Emitting Bioprobe Fits in a Single Cell
If engineers at Stanford have their way, biological research may soon be transformed by a new class of light-emitting probes small enough to be injected into individual cells without harm to the hos ... more

Quantifying Sediment From 2011 Flood Into Louisianas Wetlands
The spring 2011 flood on the Mississippi was among the largest floods ever, the river swelling over its banks and wreaking destruction in the surrounding areas. But a University of Pennsylvania-led ... more
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Ice age extinction shaped Australian plant diversity
Researchers have shown that part of Australia's rich plant diversity was wiped out by the ice ages, proving that extinction, instead of evolution, influences biodiversity. The research led by ... more


Wetland trees a significant overlooked source of methane
Wetlands are a well-established and prolific source of atmospheric methane. Yet despite an abundance of seething swamps and flooded forests in the tropics, ground-based measurements of methane have ... more
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European sat data confirms UW numbers that Arctic is on thin ice
The September 2012 record low in Arctic sea-ice extent was big news, but a missing piece of the puzzle was lurking below the ocean's surface. What volume of ice floats on Arctic waters? And how does ... more

Bilingual babies get good at grammar
Babies as young as 7 months can begin to learn two languages even if they have vastly different grammatical structures, Canadian and French researchers say. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Software enables robots to be controlled in virtual reality

Laser-boron fusion now 'leading contender' for energy

Scientists develop new mode of energy generation from bituminous coal

Sustainable dams - are they possible

Britain seeks closer ties to China's Belt and Road

Single-photon detector can count to 4

Discovery sets new world standard in nano generators


Agrichemical giant Syngenta faults EU bee plan
Swiss-based agrichemical giant Syngenta on Friday urged Brussels to withdraw plans to slap a two-year ban on so-called neonicotinoid pesticides, saying blaming them for bee deaths was wrongheaded. ... more

Reptiles are at risk, study finds
Almost one in five of the world's reptile species are in danger of extinction as their habitats are cleared away for farming and logging, a report said Friday. ... more

Japan readies space telescope to study atmosphere
Japan is to send a space telescope into orbit around the Earth to observe Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, officials said Friday, as they look to unlock the secrets of our own planet's atmosphere. ... more
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Gabon bans large-calibre arms to stem elephant poaching
Gabon is banning large-calibre arms after experiencing a surge in elephant poaching in its national parks, the interior ministry said Friday. ... more

Mystery gold gifts for tsunami-wracked Japan port
A Japanese city devastated by the 2011 tsunami has received anonymous gifts of gold worth more than $250,000 in a phenomenon dubbed a "goodwill gold rush" ahead of the second anniversary of the disaster. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Revealed: the Pentagon's secret UFO-hunting program

NATO urges Russia to respond to US missile concerns

N.Korea must 'earn its way back to table,' Tillerson tells UN

China sidesteps blame over S. Korean journalist's beating

US envoy says 'real dialogue' needed with N. Korea

Mattis emphasizes diplomacy in dealing with Iran

N. Korea 'agent' charged with WMD sale plot in Australia


Mexico to slaughter a half million chickens over bird flu
Mexico will slaughter 486,000 chickens after an outbreak of bird flu was detected in the central state of Guanajuato, officials said Friday. ... more

Bisphenol A may not be negatively affecting humans: studies
A total of 150 scientific studies have shown that bisphenol A (BPA), a controversial component of plastic bottles and canned food linings, may be used in quantities too small to negatively affect human health. ... more

Warning of emergency alert system hacks
Many alert system devices used by radio and TV stations to alert the public of emergencies are susceptible to cyberattacks, security researchers say. ... more
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No health effects from Fukushima: Japan researcher

Aid trickles into tsunami-hit Solomons despite aftershocks

Explosive breakthrough in research on molecular recognition

Researchers strain to improve electrical material and it's worth it

Indra Develops The First High-Resolution Passive Radar System

New Zealand dolphin faces extinction, group warns

Landslides delivered preferred upstream habitats for coho salmon

Quantifying Sediment From 2011 Flood Into Louisianas Wetlands

Features Of Southeast European Human Ancestors Influenced By Lack Of Episodic Glaciations

Volcano location could be greenhouse-icehouse key

Ice age extinction shaped Australian plant diversity


Genetics used to gauge whale comeback
North Atlantic humpback whales have recovered from years of whaling, but a precise pre-whaling number estimate is key to defining that recovery, scientists say. ... more

Senators propose first US carbon tax
US senators proposed a tax on carbon emissions Thursday amid growing calls for action on climate change, but the bill is expected to face strong opposition from conservatives. ... more

Tiny mutation had big evolutionary impact
A small genetic mutation 30,000 years ago spread rapidly in central China and may have helped humans in Asia survive severe heat and humidity, researchers say. ... more

US slams 'horrific' toll of Tibet self-immolations
The United States on Friday denounced the "horrific" toll as the number of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule rose to 101. ... more
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NASA Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East


Biodiversity helps protect nature against human impacts


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Third climber dies in British avalanche

Nothing fishy about swimming with same-sized mates

Tibetan burns himself to death in China: reports

Is there gigantic jet event in middle latitude region in mainland China?

New Zealand dolphin faces extinction, group warns

Offspring for first captive-bred Philippine eagle

Flood-hit Mozambique battles cholera outbreak

Anxiety drug pollution makes fish go rogue: study

Dodging the censors in China

'Too much meanness' in US political life: Panetta

Is climate change next for GOP?

S.Africa opposes total ban on rhino horn exports

Romania horse slaughterhouse says it has nothing to hide

LDCM 'Doing Great' in Orbit

Visualizing Biological Networks in 4D

Antarctic subglacial lake may soon reveal its secrets

Security risks of extreme weather and climate change

Chemistry trick kills climate controversy

Sunlight stimulates release of carbon dioxide from permafrost

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