With the average cow producing 1000 times more methane than a human, meat production plays a big role in greenhouse gas emissions. But in a world where there’s a growing appetite for meat, how can our food system keep everyone happy while reducing its environmental impact?
The southern pine beetle, which for generations has attacked forests throughout the southeastern...
A species of large cat not seen in the U.S. in 77 years is now officially extinct, according to...
Recently, Chinese and British scientists reported in Nature Geoscience that the...
DDT was a wonder pesticide, which turned the tide on everything from bed bugs to malaria-carrying mosquitoes during the 20th century. But even after its health and environmental effects were acknowledged and its agricultural use was banned in 1972, its toxic legacy continues, according to a new study.
Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.
The experiment involved a robotic flower and infrared cameras.
Scientists used a genome-wide approach to studying drought tolerance in plants and identified regulatory pathway that can be used to increase drought tolerance.
The hiatus was originally proposed in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, Fifth Assessment report.
Volunteers and crews scooped up the goo on the beach about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Officials didn't say how much of the sticky substance washed up.
A new Northwestern Medicine study suggests that a protein called Oncostatin M (OSM) may compromise the airway’s epithelial barrier, a wall of cells that blocks pathogens, environmental factors and allergens from entering tissue and triggering the body’s immune system.
For two billion years, single-celled prokaryotes dominated life on Earth. No one has known just why/when eukaryotes—vastly more complex multi-cellular creatures, like ourselves, with cell nuclei and incredible diversity—arose out of this (comparatively) bland prokaryotic sea.
A SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) team annually publicly celebrates the discovery of 10 of the most interesting newly discovered species, to bring attention to the fact that, if humans don’t take far greater care of them all, we may have a mass extinction of 70% of all species on Earth within 300 years.
A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet.
An ancient lake could hold the key to our understanding of how complex life evolved on Earth, according to recent research.
Researchers have discovered that unique genome sequences allow fish, reptiles, birds and other animals to create a compound that acts as sunscreen.
The combination of global warming and shifting population means that by mid-century, there will be a huge increase in the number of Americans sweating through days that are extremely hot, a new study says.
DNA phenotyping is just starting to be used to track down criminals, generate new leads on cold-case homicides, and put faces to unidentified and missing people. Now in Hong Kong, it’s being used to threaten litterbugs with public shame, according to organizers of a new anti-polluting campaign.
An organization studying great white sharks is enjoying some welcome attention after one of the creatures they've been monitoring started gaining a loyal social media following. (at)MaryLeeShark is the fake Twitter handle for a very real, nearly 3,500-pound great white whose movements can be tracked online and in real time.
These companies are having an interesting year so far.
The asteroid that slammed into the ocean off Mexico 66 million years ago and killed off the dinosaurs probably rang the Earth like a bell, triggering volcanic eruptions around the globe, according to a multi-disciplinary team of scientists.
In the southern part of Indiana, an oasis exists where the ticks don’t carry Lyme Disease. But the rest of the contiguous U.S. still needs to watch out for the little sickness-carrying arachnids, with each walk in the woods. The geography of the various tick species is changing– and with it, some of what they can be carrying with each bite.
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Region of world’s strongest “internal waves” is analyzed in detail; work could help refine climate models.
Complex life – from humans to hamsters--may have evolved suddenly from a rare event. After two billion years of simple bacterial and archaeal life reigning on earth, an archaea may have swallowed a bacterium, and become a new creature with enough energy to grow and diversity like never before: the eukaryote.
“Ancient relationship” between fungi and plant roots creates genetic expression that leads to more root growth. Common fungus could one day be used as ‘bio-fertilizer’, replacing mined phosphate which is now depleted to the point of impending fertilizer crisis.
Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn't surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of sea stars up and down the West Coast had not spared this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island.
Global warming will eventually push 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, a new study projects.
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