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Stunning surf shots

Stunning surf shots

Got this in an email This guy is from Oahu, but he is gaining International fame. He’s a surfer himself and often gets wiped out just getting the shot. And you can see why! These incredible images of waves were taken by the number one photographer of surf: Clark Little. He has dedicated his life […]

Project Squirrel asks animal nuts everywhere to report squirrel sightings

Project Squirrel asks animal nuts everywhere to report squirrel sightings

Sittin on the porch countin squirrels this weekend? Email those numbers to a Chicago scientist and you can take part in a citizen-science project that has implications not just for the furry tree-dwelling varmints, but for animals and ecosystems throughout the world. The Chicago Academy of Sciences just revived a decade-old project that used citizen […]

Yosemite's giant trees disappear

Yosemite's giant trees disappear

The oldest and largest trees within California’s world famous Yosemite National Park are disappearing. Climate change appears to be a major cause of the loss. The revelation comes from an analysis of data collected over 60 years by forest ecologists. They say one worrying aspect of the decline is that it is happening within one […]

Human pathogens threaten ancient cave art

Human pathogens threaten ancient cave art

HISTORIC cave paintings in France partially saved from attack by a black fungus face a new threat: bacteria that moved in following four years of spraying with fungicide. The Lascaux cave in south-west France houses invaluable animal paintings that are between 16,000 and 17,000 years old, making them among the oldest examples of cave art […]

Evaporation of the Aral Sea – Human impact on the planet!

Evaporation of the Aral Sea – Human impact on the planet!

In the 1960s, the Soviet Union undertook a major water diversion project on the arid plains of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The region’s two major rivers, fed from snowmelt and precipitation in far-away mountains, were used to transform the desert into fields for cotton and other crops. Before the project, the two rivers left the […]

Google's power-hungry data centres

Google's power-hungry data centres

Few places throw the internet’s rapacious appetite for energy into relief more sharply than a remote 30-acre patch of scrubland in northern Oregon owned by Google. The site, on the fringes of the city of The Dalles on the banks of the Columbia river, is home to one of the world’s largest and most powerful […]

Feds: Mountain-dwelling pika may need protection

Feds: Mountain-dwelling pika may need protection

SALT LAKE CITY – A tiny mammal that can’t handle warm weather could become the first animal in the lower 48 states to get Endangered Species Act protection primarily because of climate change. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, responding to a petition from environmentalists, said Wednesday that it will launch an in-depth review of […]

Frogs flown from Montserrat to flee deadly fungus

Frogs flown from Montserrat to flee deadly fungus

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Scientists are airlifting dozens of one of the world’s largest frogs off of Montserrat island to save them from a deadly fungus devastating their dwindling habitat. The dense forest of this tiny British Caribbean territory is the last remaining stronghold of the critically endangered mountain chicken frog, a 2-pound (0.9 […]

Rare prehistoric pregnant turtle found in Utah

Rare prehistoric pregnant turtle found in Utah

This undated image provided Montana State University shows CT technician, Tanya Spence preparing to run a 75 million-year-old turtle fossil through a CT scanner at Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman, Mont. Paleontologists say a prehistoric turtle uncovered in a remote area of southern Utah is just the second ever found to still have a clutch of […]

First direct observations of biological particles in high-altitude ice clouds

First direct observations of biological particles in high-altitude ice clouds

Scripps researcher Kerri Pratt with aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometer (ATOFMS) aboard a specially outfitted C-130 aircraft operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the skies over Wyoming. Scripps-led researchers made the first direct detections of airborne bacteria in clouds aboard the aircraft, and reported the results in the May 17 online edition of […]

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