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  • News in Brief

    Massive magma pool found deep below Yellowstone

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    Every day, the supervolcano lurking under Yellowstone National Park belches up 45,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide — much more than could be produced by the known magma chamber that lies just below the surface. Now, scientists have spotted a source of the excess gas, and it’s a doozy. They’ve discovered a magma pool containing enough hot rock to fill...

    04/23/2015 - 14:00 Earth
  • News

    Bees may like neonicotinoids, but some may be harmed

    Bees don’t have the mouthpart sensitivity to taste — and thus can’t avoid — nectar tainted with neonicotinoid pesticides, new lab tests indicate. And the charm of nicotine may even seduce bees into favoring pesticide-spiked nectar.

    Outdoor tests also show that neonicotinoid exposure for some wild bees can be worrisome, a second paper reports. Together, the studies renew questions about...

    04/22/2015 - 13:00 Animals, Conservation, Toxicology
  • Science Ticker

    Only three wolves left on Michigan island

    The longest running study in history on predator-prey interactions may be at an end, say Michigan Technological University researchers. The reason: nearly all the predators have died.

    Only three wolves remain on Isle Royale, a wilderness island in northern Michigan and the site of a 57-year-old...

    04/22/2015 - 11:02 Animals, Ecosystems
  • Letters to the Editor

    Particle hunting in space, life in the urban jungle and more reader feedback

    Space-based particle hunting

    Physicist Sam Ting spent years lobbying to put a cosmic ray detector aboard the International Space Station. Now he’s using the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to collect particles that may shed light on...

    04/22/2015 - 09:30 Particle Physics, Ecosystems, Archaeology
  • Editor's Note

    Driving Curiosity to discovery

    Clara Ma, who in 2009 won an essay contest to name NASA’s new Mars rover, named it Curiosity. “Curiosity,” the young student wrote, “is an everlasting flame that burns in everyone’s mind....

    04/22/2015 - 09:00 Astrobiology, Climate, Genetics, Earth
  • Science Stats

    Stinkin’ rich

    Sewage may be a gold mine. Researchers have found that sewage entering municipal wastewater treatment plants teems with 58 valuable elements such as gold and copper.

    To dig up the soiled loot, researchers analyzed treated sewage samples from 94 sites around the country. Extracting the goods, however, would be a dirty job.

    04/22/2015 - 06:00 Pollution, Science & Society
  • Wild Things

    Growth of mining on land may promote invasions at sea

    Some 90 percent of the world’s trade spends at least part of its journey at sea. Ships carry everything from oil to...

    04/21/2015 - 19:46 Animals, Oceans
  • Growth Curve

    Science may get sidelined in artificial turf debate

    This guest post is from Science News chemistry and environment writer Beth Mole.

    The news and Internet are lush with worrisome reports about synthetic turf: Your child’s playground might be teeming with toxic chemicals. The city park could expose her to noxious dust. And if her soccer team plays on the fake fields, she could get cancer.

    Largely absent from...

    04/21/2015 - 15:52 Toxicology, Health
  • Science Visualized

    Monster storm dominates view from space station

    Looking down from 400 kilometers above Earth, astronauts aboard the International Space Station couldn’t help but gawk at a huge typhoon churning in the Western Pacific. On March 31, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured this photo of Typhoon Maysak at near-peak strength as it drifted toward the Philippines.

    Maysak was the record-breaking second major cyclone to...

    04/21/2015 - 09:00 Climate
  • Wild Things

    Before you plant this spring, consider the birds

    Cities are brimming with wildlife. There are coyotes, bats, insects and, of course, birds, to name a few. Of those groups, the birds are probably the ones that most people care about, and the species that we most want to encourage to make homes in our yards. But how much do our backyards really matter...

    04/20/2015 - 10:00 Ecosystems, Ecology