Across portions of the south of England, waves lap against the shores of lakes and ponds that used to be fields, as one of the wettest winters in U.K.…Read More »
history has dumped successive bouts of rain over the country, causing rivers to top their banks and inundate farms and towns.
And while a series of shifts in weather patterns across the globe seems to be causing the endless train of storms soaking the island, climate change may play a role in the current heavy downpours as well, said Dame Julia Slingo, the chief scientist of the country's official weather service, the MET Office, according to news reports.
A powerful eruption yesterday evening (Feb. 13) at Indonesia's Mount Kelud volcano, in eastern Java, hurled ash 9 miles (15 kilometers) into the sky, grounding…Read More »
air travel and sending out sound waves picked up by more than a dozen nuclear weapon detectors.
More than 200,000 people have been evacuated from the region near Mount Kelud, one of Indonesia's most deadly volcanoes. Lava fragments ejected from the volcano crushed the roof of a home, killing two people, AFP reported. Another man died from inhaling ash.
Corals live in symbiosis with their algal tenants — algae provide corals with carbohydrates, oxygen and energy, while corals shelter algae and feed them…Read More »
nutritious waste products, such as carbon dioxide. Driving this mutually beneficial relationship is sunlight, which the algae use to produce oxygen and other nutrients in a process called photosynthesis.
New research published today (Feb. 12) in the Journal of Experimental Biology shows that corals play a vital role in making sure their algae friends get the sunlight they require.
Plastic bags are the modern environmental scourge — piling up in landfills, polluting the oceans and choking wildlife. Now, Hawaii has taken a stand by…Read More »
becoming the first U.S. state to ban plastic bags at checkout counters.
Hawaii has always valued the land, or "Aina," so the step isn't too surprising. Four of the state's five counties have passed plastic bag bans (Hawaii's Kalawao County, the only outlier, is hardly populated), the Huffington Post reported. "Being a marine state, perhaps, we are exposed more directly to the impacts of plastic pollution and the damage it does to our environment," Robert Harris, director of the Sierra Club's Hawaii chapter, said in 2012, according to the Huffington Post.
From intimidating and intense to warm and fuzzy, distinct yawns among gelada baboons send different social messages, according to a new study.
Humans…Read More »
and most other vertebrates experience yawns as a result of various physiological and mental states, including sleepiness or emotional arousal, such as fear or excitement. But despite their different sources, these yawns often look identical and are difficult to distinguish by onlookers.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz, M. Mountain, A. Koekemoer, and the HFF Team (STScI)
A new deep view of the universe from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revealed one of the youngest galaxies ever observed by astronomers.
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is ancient, but from the perspective of Earthlings, it looks young. Dubbed Abell2744_Y1, the galaxy is so far away that it takes about 13 billion years for light from the galaxy to reach our neighborhood. That means it appears as it was just 650 million years after the Big Bang, scientists say. The universe is estimated to be about 13.8 billion years old.
New clues are emerging about the mysterious streaks that appear on Mars' surface during warm weather, though scientists still can't say for sure that…Read More »
they're caused by flowing water.
The marks, known as recurring slope lineae (RSL), snake down some crater walls and other inclines when the mercury rises on the Red Planet. New research finds seasonal changes in iron minerals at RSL sites, suggesting that brines containing an iron antifreeze may flow there from time to time — but direct evidence of water remains elusive.
More than 200,000 baby turtles recently crawled out of their shells and swarmed sandy riverbanks in the interior of Brazil.
The mass hatching is an annual…Read More »
event for Great South American river turtles. Every time the dry season rolls around in the the Purus River basin in western Brazil, thousands of newborns emerge in one of the largest known mass hatchings for the species (Podocnemis expansa), according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Snow is a great insulator. So is fur — something this red fox certainly must appreciate!
The fox was photographed in the Alaska Peninsula and Becharof…Read More »
National Wildlife Refuges, which were established to conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity, including brown bears, the Alaska Peninsula caribou herds, moose, sea otters and other marine mammals, salmon, shore birds and other migratory birds, and raptors, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons.
The fox in the above photo might have been stalking prey, or it might have been building a cache of excess food, which foxes are known to bury under snow for later consumption. Red foxes are adapted to snow, and are stronger than many other foxes that compete for the same prey.
How do foxes know where to hunker down in the snow? A 2008-2010 study of 84 red foxes found that successful hunting under snow appeared to involve an alignment of the fox with the Earth's magnetic field.