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Mysterious Shift In Earth's Magnetic Field Prompts Scientists To Fix World Magnetic Model That Guides Navigation

The updated version of the World Magnetic Model, which plays a key role in modern navigation, was supposed to be released on Jan. 15. This was postponed because of the ongoing government shutdown.

Earth/Environment January 12, 2019

Termites Help Protect Rainforests During Droughts, Study Finds

Are termites all bad for trees and rain forests? Researchers of a new study found that termites actually protected a patch of land during the 2015 and 2016 drought in Borneo.

Earth/Environment January 10, 2019

Weather Forecasters Predict 'Weak' El Niño But It Hasn't Arrived Yet

The water of the Pacific Ocean is warming, but the atmosphere has not shifted to form an El Niño. Weather experts said that the weather phenomenon could trigger increased rainfall in parts of the United States that are experiencing drought.

Earth/Environment January 11, 2019

Oceans Absorbing Global Warming At A Rate Of One Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Every Second

Researchers mapped the temperature changes of the ocean in the past 150 years. They found that the world's oceans have absorbed heat comparable to an exploding atomic bomb every second.

Earth/Environment January 9, 2019

Dutch Inventor Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Device Designed To Capture Floating Plastic Breaks Down

The Ocean Cleanup project, which aims to address water pollution by collecting floating plastic debris, met a major setback. Boyan Slat, the young Dutch inventor behind the project, is undeterred by the incident.

Earth/Environment January 7, 2019

Depths Of Pacific Experiencing Drop In Temperatures From 'Little Ice Age'

Researchers found that the cool surface water during the Little Ice Age has only started reaching the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. While the world currently experiencing modern global warming, the depths of the Pacific has only started cooling.

Earth/Environment January 5, 2019

Researchers Have Found A Way To Boost Crop Growth By 'Hacking' Photosynthesis Gene

Researchers managed to reduce the energy wasted from the process of photorespiration and allow up to 40 percent of crop yield in tobacco. A new study revealed how researchers 'hacked' plants by creating photorespiratory shortcuts.

Earth/Environment January 4, 2019

China Builds Massive Radio Antenna 5 Times Bigger Than NYC

China’s Wireless Electromagnetic Method project has been in progress for 13 years to make communication with submarines underwater possible. However, researchers expressed concern about exposure to extremely low frequency (ELF) waves.

Earth/Environment January 3, 2019

Natural 'Enemies' Of Trees Good For Keeping Up Tree Biodiversity

Scientists found that fungi and arthropods that feed on specific tree species maintain the biodiversity within tropical forests. The natural enemies of trees that prey on seeds and seedlings are preventing one tree species to take over an entire region.

Earth/Environment December 26, 2018

Dust From Salt Lake May Melt 'Greatest Snow On Earth' In Utah

According to researchers, the receding water level of one of the Great Salt Lake has also affected Utah's 'Greatest Snow on Earth.' After a dust storm in 2017, the snow in the Wasatch Mountain melted earlier than usual.

Earth/Environment December 24, 2018

Japan Mulling Over Leaving Whaling Commission To Restart Commercial Whale Hunting

Japan’s Fisheries Agency revealed that they are planning to pull out of International Whaling Commission after unsuccessful campaigning within the group to restart hunting. The officials said that no final decision has been taken yet.

Earth/Environment December 24, 2018

DNA Study May Help Return Remains Of Aboriginal Australians Sold To Museums To Home Soil

A new study found that analysis of DNA from ancient Aboriginal Australian remains can be used to repatriate their bodies and bring them back to their original land. The study yielded a positive match in remains used.

Earth/Environment December 20, 2018

New Analysis Leads Scientists To Reconsider History Of Corn Domestication

Corn is believed to have been originated 9,000 years ago from a grass called teosinte in what is today’s southern Mexico. A new study claims that its origins are far more complex than one would think.

Earth/Environment December 15, 2018

Current Era In Geological History Will Be Remembered For Broiler Chickens, Say Experts

Humans breed chickens to eat more and grow faster to be ready for slaughter in a shorter span of time. Scientists revealed in a new study that modern broiler chickens have become the marker of the Anthropocene.

Earth/Environment December 13, 2018

Permafrost Melt Could Have Drastic Effects On People Living Near The Arctic

Permafrost, which has kept the ground stable for millennia, is threatened by global warming. Studies indicated that infrastructure for 3.6 million people will be affected by the thaw.

Earth/Environment December 12, 2018

Latest Eruption Kilauea's Biggest In 200 Years

Three months after the volcano's eruption, scientists released data from this summer's major event. The eruption, which started in May, lasted for three months and completely changed the landscape of Hawaii.

Earth/Environment December 12, 2018

Corals Are Developing Resistance To Heatwaves, Says Study

Researchers found that more individual coral reefs survived last year's mass bleaching event compared to 2016. They found that the 2016 marine heatwave killed more susceptible species, leaving the resilient ones to survive.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2018

Decade-Long Study Reveals Massive Microbial Ecosystem Deep Under The Earth

Researchers found a diverse microbial ecosystem under the ground that remains largely unaffected by human activities. Samples of the microbes were collected from underwater drilling sites and boreholes 5 kilometers deep.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2018

Scientists Play Around With Man-Made Lava To See How It Works

In a new study, researchers experimented with adding surface water to lava to understand the basic physics behind the interaction. They found that it does not take much to trigger a dangerous explosion.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2018

Even ‘Certified’ Palm Oil Is Unsustainable: Study Reveals Misleading Claims On Eco-Friendly Practices

Deforestation rates have increased in the past decade amid the sustainability classification of major palm oil forests. Researchers urged the stakeholders to consider other alternatives to mitigate its negative effects on environment and people.

Earth/Environment December 10, 2018

Scientists Find Similarities Between Modern Climate And 'Great Dying' 252 Million Years Ago

Scientists warned in a study that the world is recreating the same conditions that wiped out the majority of life on Earth 252 million years ago. Rising global temperatures and depleting oxygen in the ocean could cause the next mass extinction.

Earth/Environment December 7, 2018

Greenland Ice Melt Has 'Gone Into Overdrive,' Say Scientists

Scientists said in a new report that the rate in which the second largest ice sheet in the world is shrinking is abnormal. In the past 20 or 30 years, the ice sheet is rapidly melting due to global warming.

Earth/Environment December 6, 2018

Climate Change? Sun-Dimming Spray May Help Cool Down The Planet

Harvard scientists experiment on a new way of reversing climate change by spraying small packets of calcium carbonate into the stratosphere. The effect will dim the skies, similar to what happens after a volcanic eruption.

Earth/Environment December 6, 2018

Drilling Causing 1/4 Of US Emissions, Says ESGS Report

A new report by a federal agency revealed that the extraction of fossil fuels from public lands contribute almost one-quarter of the U.S.'s carbon dioxide emission. The report was quietly released last weekend.

Earth/Environment November 28, 2018

Geoengineers Say Atmospheric Spraying Could Work To Reduce Global Warming

Injecting sulfates into the lower atmosphere every year could offset the warming effects by greenhouse gases. However, according to a new study, it would be very costly to carry out the project in addition to potential environmental consequences.

Earth/Environment November 23, 2018

Researchers Study Cactus Spine Effectivity By Stabbing Spines Into Slabs Of Meat

Researchers stabbed meat with different cactus spines in order to see why some are more difficult to remove once they puncture skin. They found that some species of cactus have barbed spines similar to porcupine quills.

Earth/Environment November 22, 2018

Italian Volcano Due For Eruption That Could Change Neapolitan Landscape Says Study

Using computer simulations, researchers found that magma has started to build up underneath Campi Flegrei - a supervolcano in Italy. They predict that a major eruption might happen in the distant future.

Earth/Environment November 15, 2018

Authors Admit To Making Errors In Landmark Ocean Warming Study

Researchers have submitted corrections to a major study that claimed that the world's oceans have been absorbing more heat than scientists previously estimated. The corrections came two weeks after the study was published.

Earth/Environment November 15, 2018

NASA Astronaut Takes Stunning Pictures Of Earth With Rare Orange 'Airglow'

NASA has released a photo of a rare orange airglow around the upper atmosphere of Earth. The photo was taken by astronauts aboard the ISS while floating above Australia last month.

Earth/Environment November 8, 2018

Palau Becomes First Nation To Ban Reef-Toxic Sunscreen

Palau has become the first country to place a ban on reef-toxic sunscreen. The ban was signed into law last Oct. 25 and is set to take effect starting Jan. 1, 2020.

Earth/Environment November 8, 2018

UN Report Says Ozone Layer Is Now Healing

A UN report revealed that the ozone has started to heal 30 years after the ratification of the Montreal Protocol. The ozone layer protects living beings on Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.

Earth/Environment November 6, 2018

Researchers Test 'LarvalBot' Drone That Can Help Rehabilitate Coral Reefs

Queensland University of Technology's "LarvalBot" will be aiding the restoration of damaged reefs at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The underwater drone will deliver baby corals in damaged areas.

Earth/Environment November 3, 2018

Oceans Are Absorbing Much More Heat Than Expected, Says Study

A new report revealed that the ocean is absorbing more heat that can be transferred back to the atmosphere any time. Researchers suggested that efforts to control excess carbon dioxide emissions should be increased.

Earth/Environment November 2, 2018

'Super Coral' Pioneer Ruth Gates Passes Away At 56

Ruth Gates, a renowned marine biologist who pioneered 'super corals' that can withstand climate change, has passed away on Thursday, Oct. 25. She was diagnosed with brain cancer five months ago.

Earth/Environment November 1, 2018

Study: Laser technique may open door to more efficient clean fuels

Study: Laser technique may open door to more efficient clean fuels

Earth/Environment October 30, 2018

Mexico's 2017 Earthquake Was So Powerful It Split Through Tectonic Plate: Study

Just how powerful was Mexico's 8.2 magnitude earthquake in 2017? New research found that the quake was so strong that it broke a tectonic plate.

Earth/Environment October 27, 2018

Mystery Source Of Already Banned Ozone-Depleting Substance Discovered

Researchers found significant emissions of a banned ozone-depleting substance coming from East Asia, particularly from eastern China. Instead of declining after the ban, emissions have even slightly increased.

Earth/Environment October 27, 2018

Substance In Type Of Moss Found To Have Similarities With THC, Possibly More 'Medically Effective' Than Cannabis

Is a common type of mossy plant more 'medically effective' than cannabis? Researchers found that liverworts have great therapeutic potential with weaker psychoactive effects.

Earth/Environment October 27, 2018

NAS Report Says Efforts To Scrub Carbon From Atmosphere Must Be Increased

The National Academy of Sciences issued a report to address the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A committee led by experts also revealed technologies and techniques to reverse climate change.

Earth/Environment October 25, 2018

Strange Rectangular Iceberg Spotted In Antarctica Looks Eerily Artificial

Earlier this month, NASA spotted an unusually-shaped iceberg break off from an ice shelf in Antarctica. The perfectly square iceberg reportedly broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf that also produced the A-68 iceberg last year.

Earth/Environment October 23, 2018

Scientists Gather Data By Listening To Eerie 'Songs' Produced By Antarctic Ice Shelf

Scientists found that one of the largest ice shelves in the world is producing a hum caused by the wind drumming on the snowy surface. The sound is almost continuous and changes pitch based on the situation on the surface.

Earth/Environment October 20, 2018

Large-Scale Study Shows Global Warming Has Adverse Effects On Mental Health

A new study found that global warming might create new and worsened cases of mental illnesses in the United States. The changing climate and the frequency of natural disaster will further cause distress to Americans.

Earth/Environment October 10, 2018

Ancient Geological Process Of Rock Sinking Into Earth's Core Has Stalled Says Researchers

Scientists ran simulations and made the conclusion that a layer of rock has caused slabs of oceanic plates to stagnate. The process halted what is called mantle convection which involves rocks rising and sinking into the planet's core.

Earth/Environment October 9, 2018

Scientists Want To Create 'Noah's Ark' For Beneficial Microbes

Scientists proposed a frozen bank that will keep microbiota from all over the world for future generations. Those who are involved in the project will have to collect microbiota from even the most isolated communities.

Earth/Environment October 7, 2018

Scientists Want To Use Gene Editing To Turn Wild 'Groundcherry' Into The Next Strawberry

Researchers published a study proposing the use of CRISPR gene-editing tool to make ground cherries, an orphan plant, ready for the supermarket. Breeding plants for large-scale farming usually take a decade to thousands of years.

Earth/Environment October 3, 2018

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