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  • New Dwarf Lemur Species Found

    New Dwarf Lemur Species Found

    July 29, 2013 | Article

    In the forests of southern Madagascar, scientists have discovered a rare new type of dwarf lemur. But the newly described species may already be on its way to extinction.
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  • Images: Magnificent Geological Formations of the American West

    Images: Magnificent Geological Formations of the American West

    July 28, 2013 | Image Album

    The mesas, buttes, arches and hoodoos of the American West paint an indelible picture of that part of the country, showing off the amazing Earth processes that carved them from the layers of rock laid down over eons.
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  • Foul Corpse Flower Blooms in Washington

    Foul Corpse Flower Blooms in Washington

    July 22, 2013 | Article

    The aptly nicknamed corpse flower on display in Washington, D.C., has finally gone into full bloom, unleashing a stench like rotting flesh inside the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory. But the visual and olfactory spectacle is a rare and brief event.
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  • How They Blow: Secrets of Yellowstone's Geysers

    How They Blow: Secrets of Yellowstone's Geysers

    July 19, 2013 | Article

    A high-tech look at Lone Star Geyser, one of Yellowstone National Park's most punctual bubblers, could finally solve some long-standing puzzles about geysers. The research may also help scientists better understand and predict volcanic eruptions.
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  • Warm and Buttery: Melt Speeds Greenland's Ice Flow

    Warm and Buttery: Melt Speeds Greenland's Ice Flow

    July 17, 2013 | Article

    Greenland's massive ice sheet is accelerating its slide toward the ocean because bigger surface melts in recent years are softening the interior of the ice like a stick of butter, a new study finds.
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  • Alaska's Redoubt Volcano 'Screamed' Before Exploding

    Alaska's Redoubt Volcano 'Screamed' Before Exploding

    July 16, 2013 | Article

    Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano created a swarm of small earthquakes before it erupted in 2009. The high number of these earthquakes created a high frequency noise, which researchers have called the volcano's 'scream.'
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  • Sharks Thrive in Fiji's Protected Waters

    Sharks Thrive in Fiji's Protected Waters

    July 16, 2013 | Article

    In Fiji's largest marine reserve, shark populations are benefiting from "no-take" protections that keep their food supply steady, according to a new study. Compared with waters where fishing is allowed, there are up to four times as many reef sharks in
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  • Underwater Sounds of Shattering Icebergs Revealed

    Underwater Sounds of Shattering Icebergs Revealed

    July 11, 2013 | Article

    What does a drifting iceberg sound like underwater? Imagine the cracks and pops of melting ice multiplied on a colossal scale, say researchers from Oregon State University, who recorded a thawing berg near Antarctica.
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  • Early Warning Signs of Injection-Well Earthquakes Found

    Early Warning Signs of Injection-Well Earthquakes Found

    July 11, 2013 | Article

    Two new studies of earthquakes near injection wells have seismologists using words rarely heard these days in earthquake science: prediction and warning. In the Midwest, researchers discovered a warning signal that moderate-sized earthquakes may
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  • Why the Southwest Keeps Seeing Droughts

    Why the Southwest Keeps Seeing Droughts

    July 11, 2013 | Article

    Natural cycles in Pacific and Atlantic oceans' sea-surface temperatures combined to create extreme heat and drought across the United States. About 10 years ago, the two ocean patterns flipped back into their big drought phase. This time, they're getting
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