Category Archives: Nature

Animals built reefs 550 million years ago, fossil study finds

It is a remarkable survivor of an ancient aquatic world – now a new study sheds light on how one of Earth’s oldest reefs was formed. Researchers have discovered that one of these reefs – now located on dry land … Continue reading

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Bio-based society marches toward us

Enough food for everyone, adaptation to climate change, and sustainable closed-loop systems are some of the benefits of the bioeconomy. The Research Council of Norway is proposing a substantial budget increase for boosting bioeconomy-related industrial development.  “The bioeconomy, also known … Continue reading

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Gigantic mysterious amoebias found in deep ocean by UCSD scientists

A summer research expedition organized by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has led to the identification of gigantic amoebas at one of the deepest locations on Earth. During a July 2011 voyage to the Pacific … Continue reading

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Nature stepping in to slow global warming: University of Michigan study

Newswise — ANN ARBOR, Mich.—North American forests appear to have a greater capacity to soak up heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas than researchers had previously anticipated. As a result, they could help slow the pace of human-caused climate warming more than … Continue reading

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Humans descended from an ancestor with a sixth sense: 25-year study in the current issue of Nature

ITHACA, N.Y. — People experience the world through five senses but sharks, paddlefishes and certain other aquatic vertebrates have a sixth sense: They can detect weak electrical fields in the water and use this information to detect prey, communicate and … Continue reading

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Triple rainbows exist: photos prove it

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5—Few people have ever claimed to see three rainbows arcing through the sky at once. In fact, scientific reports of these phenomena, called tertiary rainbows, were so rare—only five in 250 years—that until now many scientists believed sightings … Continue reading

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“Mine.” Children find human-made objects more likely to be owned than natural objects

WASHINGTON – Children as young as 3 are likely to say that things made by humans have owners, but that natural objects, such as pine cones and sea shells, are not owned, according to a new study published by the … Continue reading

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Bread good. Fire bad. (Frankenstein); Fire! (Beavis)

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Humanity’s relationship to fire –– including wildfires, burning of fossil fuels, controlled burns, and human-caused fire –– is the focus of a report by an international team of scientists. The team was organized by UC Santa … Continue reading

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The cause of Earth’s largest environmental catastrophe

The eruption of giant masses of magma in Siberia 250 million years ago led to the Permo-Triassic mass extinction when more than 90 % of all species became extinct. An international team including geodynamic modelers from the GFZ German Research … Continue reading

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Ecohealth Alliance comments on the new film, Contagion

NEW YORK-(BUSINESS WIRE)-EcoHealth Alliance, now in its 40th year of operation, is a science-based nonprofit organization working on predicting and preventing the next pandemic. The new film, Contagion [which is not based on the book by Robin Cook], highlights the … Continue reading

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Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre is rapidly rising on Amazon.com

Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less … Continue reading

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