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  • Introducing

    Eruptions create new islands in the Red Sea

    Update your maps: Two new islands have popped up in the strip of ocean between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

    Witnessing the birth of a volcanic island is incredibly rare, but thanks to satellite images, researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, retraced the formation of two islands in the Red Sea.

    The new islands, called...

    06/02/2015 - 11:58 Earth
  • News

    Mystery toxins in tainted New Zealand honey nabbed

    In a sticky sting operation, researchers may have nabbed the last toxic members of a honey-tainting ring in New Zealand.

    Cloaked in sugars, two forms of tutin — a potent neurotoxin that can cause delirium and seizures — have been found lurking in poisoned honey, researchers report online May 21 in the Journal of...

    06/01/2015 - 07:45 Toxicology, Chemistry
  • Reviews & Previews

    Extinct species may get a second chance

    05/31/2015 - 10:00 Genetics, Animals, Ecosystems
  • News

    Titanic typhoons are in the forecast

    Warming waters will boost the destructiveness of future typhoons, new research predicts.

    Studying 60 years of typhoon activity in the western Pacific Ocean, researchers spotted a clear trend: A typhoon’s ultimate intensity largely depends on the temperature of deep seawater churned upward as the storm passes overhead. Projecting their finding into the future, the researchers...

    05/29/2015 - 14:00 Climate
  • Wild Things

    Wealth of cephalopod research lost in a 19th century shipwreck

    There are some 3 million shipwrecks scattered across the ocean floor, UNESCO has estimated, and most of them are still waiting to be found. One of those ships, which sank off the French coast in 1843, carried a treasure trove of science — most of the papers and research...

    05/29/2015 - 13:39 Animals, History of Science, Oceans
  • Science Ticker

    Everest could lose most of its ice by 2100

    Glaciers around the tallest mountain in the world may reach a historic new low relatively soon.

    Combining projections of future climate with simulations of how glaciers melt and grow, researchers estimate May 27 in The Cryosphere that the Everest region of the Himalayas could lose 73 to 96...

    05/27/2015 - 06:00 Climate, Earth
  • News

    Next icy era may be on hold

    The next big chill may be overdue. If humans hadn’t boosted levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, Earth’s next frosty bout of glacial growth probably would have already started, new research suggests.

    For the last 11,700 years, Earth has been on a break between periods of ice expansion called glaciations. A similar interglacial period occurred around 790,000 years ago. A new climate...

    05/26/2015 - 07:00 Climate, Earth
  • News

    Rising dolphin deaths linked to Deepwater Horizon spill

    The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill helped spark a massive, ongoing die-off of dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, a new study suggests.

    Dead common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) examined in the region had lung lesions and adrenal gland damage, injuries previously linked to oil exposure,...

    05/21/2015 - 18:14 Pollution, Toxicology, Oceans
  • News

    Tranquil ecosystems may explain wild swings in carbon dioxide stashing

    Placid prairies and austere scrublands may be key ecosystems for explaining mysterious year-to-year swings in the amount of carbon dioxide sucked out of the atmosphere.

    The unassuming landscapes are responsible for up to 50 percent of the yearly variation in how much of the greenhouse gas is stashed on land, ...

    05/21/2015 - 15:02 Climate, Ecosystems
  • Science Ticker

    Once-stable Antarctic glaciers are now melting rapidly

    A once-steadfast group of Antarctic glaciers has nosedived into rapid decline.

    Glaciers along the Southern Antarctic Peninsula remained roughly stable between 2003 and 2009. New satellite observations reveal that the region suddenly destabilized in 2009 and is now shedding around 56 billion metric tons of ice each year, enough water to raise sea levels by roughly 0.16 millimeters.

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    05/21/2015 - 14:00 Climate, Earth