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March 22, 2013
Ocean plankton sponge up nearly twice the carbon currently assumed
Irvine CA (SPX) Mar 22, 2013
Models of carbon dioxide in the world's oceans need to be revised, according to new work by UC Irvine and other scientists published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. Trillions of plankton near the surface of warm waters are far more carbon-rich than has long been thought, they found. Global marine temperature fluctuations could mean that tiny Prochlorococcus and other microbes digest double the carbon previously calculated. Carbon dioxide is the leading driver of disruptive climate change. ... read more
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'Brain waves' challenge area-specific view of brain activity
Our understanding of brain activity has traditionally been linked to brain areas - when we speak, the speech area of the brain is active. New research by an international team of psychologists led b ... more

Global nitrogen availability consistent for past 500 years, linked to carbon levels
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Natural climate swings contribute more to increased monsoon rainfall than global warming
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Scripps scientists discover 'lubricant' for Earth's tectonic plates
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have found a layer of liquefied molten rock in Earth's mantle that may be acting as a lubricant for the sliding motions of the plane ... more


Megavolcanoes tied to pre-dinosaur mass extinction
Scientists examining evidence across the world from New Jersey to North Africa say they have linked the abrupt disappearance of half of earth's species 200 million years ago to a precisely dated set ... more
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Can intraplate earthquakes produce stronger shaking than at plate boundaries?
New information about the extent of the 1872 Owens Valley earthquake rupture, which occurs in an area with many small and discontinuous faults, may support a hypothesis proposed by other workers tha ... more

Under California: An ancient tectonic plate
Large chunks of an ancient tectonic plate that slid under North America millions of years ago are still present under parts of central California and Mexico, according to new research led by Brown U ... more
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Significant contribution of Greenland's peripheral glaciers to sea-level rise
The scientists looked at glaciers which behave independently from the ice sheet, despite having some physical connection to it, and those which are not connected at all. The discovery, just publishe ... more

Earth's Interior Cycles a Contributor to Long-Term Sea-Level and Climate Change
Ancient rises in sea levels and global warming are partially attributable to cyclical activity below the earth's surface, researchers from New York University and Ottawa's Carleton University have c ... more

Sea Shepherd sues Japanese whaler in Netherlands for 'piracy'
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Millions of stranded prawns blanket south Chile coast
Millions of small prawns became stranded on a beach in southern Chile this week, carpeting a three-kilometer (two-mile) strand in red, local fishermen and police said. ... more

Poles chase away winter by burning and drowning dolls
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
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NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway incident

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China coastal waters increasingly polluted: govt
China's coastal waters are suffering "acute" pollution, with the size of the worst affected areas soaring by more than 50 percent last year, an official body said. ... more

Ancient megavolcanoes killed half the world's species
New rock dating techniques have helped narrow the timeframe of a chain of massive volcanic eruptions that wiped out half the world's species 200 million years ago, a study said Thursday. ... more

Haitian farmers call for 'food sovereignty'
Hundreds of small farmers have converged on the central Haitian city of Hinche to demand more space to grow their own crops in a country that imports more than half of its food. ... more
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Brazil protesters occupy controversial Amazon dam
More than 150 fishermen and indigenous people on Thursday began occupying one of four construction sites for Brazil's huge Belo Monte dam in the Amazon, the lawyer for a group fighting the project said. ... more

24 dead as tornado, hailstorms lash south China
At least 24 people died and scores were injured after a tornado carrying huge hailstones lashed southern China, causing widespread devastation and a ferry to capsize, domestic media reported Thursday. ... more

Skulls of early humans carry telltale signs of inbreeding
Buried for 100,000 years at Xujiayao in the Nihewan Basin of northern China, the recovered skull pieces of an early human exhibit a now-rare congenital deformation that indicates inbreeding might we ... more

Where, oh where, has the road kill gone?
Millions of birds die in the US each year as they collide with moving vehicles, but things have been looking up, at least in the case of cliff swallows. Today's swallows are hit less often, thanks t ... more
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