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  • Wild Things

    What happens to animals in a hurricane?

    After hammering the Bahamas, Hurricane Joaquin is now moving north, and, the latest path predictions show, is headed out to sea instead of directly for the U.S. East Coast. The storm’s track has been hard to pin down, which makes preparing for it rather difficult. If you live near the shore, you don’t know if...

    10/02/2015 - 12:33 Animals, Oceans
  • News

    Giant asteroid may have triggered deadly volcano eruptions

    The demise of the dinosaurs may have been the result of a coordinated one-two punch.

    Eruption activity in a volcanic region in present-day India appears to have increased around the time of the asteroid impact that preceded the Cretaceous extinction, scientists report in the Oct. 2 Science. The close timing between the two events leads the scientists to suggest that...

    10/01/2015 - 14:00 Earth, Paleontology
  • Wild Things

    Some seabirds will be hit hard by sea level rise

    February 2011 was a bad month for seabirds living on the Midway, Kure and Laysan atolls. A winter storm swept across this portion of the North Pacific, with winds exceeding 115 kilometers per hour that whipped water across the low-lying islands. Then the Tohoku tsunami brought another bout of high...

    09/30/2015 - 11:24 Animals, Climate, Oceans
  • Wild Things

    Life in the polar ocean is surprisingly active in the dark winter

    Scientists have long thought that in the supercold, perpetually dark, polar winter, life pretty much shuts down. With no sunlight, there’s no photosynthesis, so phytoplankton wouldn’t be active. That would cut off the base of the marine food web, and there would be no energy entering the system. Everything else would have to enter a resting state, the theories suggested. That would include...

    09/28/2015 - 06:00 Animals, Plants, Earth
  • News

    Alpine bee tongues shorten as climate warms

    As climate change has warmed the heights of the Rocky Mountains, the anatomy of some specialized bees has changed too, weakening their ancient partnerships with certain alpine flowers.

    Two species of long-tongued bumblebees now have tongues that are 24 percent shorter on average than those in specimens from the 1960s and 1970s, says ecologist Nicole Miller-Struttmann of State University...

    09/24/2015 - 17:27 Animals, Climate, Evolution
  • Letters to the Editor

    Complexity in the universe, hidden craters and more reader feedback

    Creating complexity

    The July 25, 2015 Science News featured an in-depth look at new research on time. Andrew Grant explored why time marches...

    09/23/2015 - 09:30 Cosmology, Earth, Science & Society
  • Science Visualized

    Map captures Earth’s antineutrino glow

    Each second, more than 10 septillion (1025) antineutrinos race away from Earth and into space. That’s 100 trillion times as many antineutrinos as stars in the galaxy. But who’s counting?

    Leave that to particle physicist Shawn Usman of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, Va. In September in Scientific Reports, he and colleagues published...

    09/22/2015 - 06:00 Particle Physics, Earth
  • Science Stats

    Hurricane reports ignore indirect deaths

    Hurricanes and other tropical storms are deadlier than just surging water and howling wind. Close to half of all storm fatalities are caused indirectly, new research shows.

    Storm reports typically include only deaths directly attributable to a storm’s physical forces, such as drowning in floodwater or being struck by airborne debris. Incidental deaths are excluded, such as those that...

    09/21/2015 - 14:23 Climate, Science & Society
  • News

    Shortcut math predicts tsunami height quickly

    The deadly magnitude 8.3 earthquake off the coast of Chile on September 16 sent an enormous pulse of water racing away from the quake’s epicenter, prompting an evacuation of more than 1 million Chileans. This surging seawater provided an unanticipated test for a new, faster way to forecast quake-generated tsunamis.

    Using simplified mathematical estimates of how earthquakes trigger...

    09/18/2015 - 14:21 Earth
  • Introducing

    Giant barrel sponges are hijacking Florida’s coral reefs

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    Huge sponges are taking over coral reefs in Florida.

    Between 2000 and 2012, the giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta — which can grow to over a meter tall and wide — covered increasing territory on two reefs off Florida’s Key Largo. The number of sponges per...

    09/17/2015 - 08:00 Oceans, Ecosystems, Animals