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Google Doodle remembers Rachel Carson on her 107th birthday: Here's what you should know about the author of 'Silent Spring'

Google Doodle celebrates the life of Rachel Carson, whose "Silent Spring" book was the wake-up call for the modern environmental movement. Google tribute shows her in the natural world she cherished.

Earth/Environment May 27, 2014

45-ton giant dead whale carcass in San Diego beach kicks up a stink, gets towed

A whale washed up on a beach, was hauled out to the water, and came back to land. Here is the story of the journey of a deceased cetacean.

Earth/Environment May 28, 2014

What's in a name? A lot because Americans care more about 'global warming' than 'climate change'

Global warming or climate change? The two phrases produce different results in the general public, according to new research.

Earth/Environment May 28, 2014

Underground fossil soils are rich in carbon, may account for global warning

Fossil soils called loess trapped underground may play a role in global climate change, according to a new study. Here's what you need to know about this type of ancient soil.

Earth/Environment May 27, 2014

Cankerworm carnage may affect more cities due to lack of plant diversity: Research

Plants in urban environments at greater risk of defoliation by voracious caterpillars, study finds. Less plant diversity that what if found in natural environments is a factor, researchers say.

Earth/Environment May 25, 2014

What drones may come: Experimental robots take inspiration from nature

Nature is truly a gift in many ways, and it is now giving inspiration to researchers-developers of drones or flying robots in terms of perfecting the flight control mechanism. Read how these researchers did it.

Earth/Environment May 25, 2014

Temperature change affects gender of offspring (at least in insects)

Weather changes can modify the gender of the offsprings of the oophagous parasitoid called Trichogramma euproctidis, a new study bared.

Earth/Environment May 23, 2014

Warm Pacific waters may be reason behind icy U.S. winter

Cold winters in the North America and Europe will be longer this year as Pacific waters continue to warm up, mainly because of increasing carbon emission and El Niño onset.

Earth/Environment May 23, 2014

Fruit flies use around 200 neurons to make difficult decisions. Boy! That's tough.

Beware, because fruit flies are not as dumb as you think. Apparently, these insects are capable of making tough decisions, just like humans.

Earth/Environment May 23, 2014

Family evicts 50,000 honeybees from Kitchener, Ontario home

Homeowner Carol Stewart couldn't believe her eyes when tens of thousands of honey bees were discovered in the walls of her 85-year-old home in Kitchener, Ontario.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

Reunion after 16 years: Colorado river overcomes stubborn sandbar to meet Gulf of California

The Colorado River is once again connected to the Gulf of California. Here's how it happened.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2014

Swarms of lake flies invade Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin

Spring is in full bloom in Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin, The birds are chirping, the trees have regained their full splendor, the flowers are blooming and the lake flies are swarming.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

New York angler reels in 60-pound striped bass on Hudson River

The recent catch Campbell Hall's Eric Lester broke the current record of the largest inland striped bass. It is also the first in the new list of records of a free New York Fish & Wildlife App.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

Researchers rediscover Clarion nightsnake in Mexican island

What was once thought lost is now found again. Thanks to a team of researchers who set off to the islands off Mexico, the Clarion nightsnakes are now considered existing, after almost 80 years of eluding the scientific community.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

Scientists discover bush tiger praying mantis at Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda

The thick forest of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda is a cradle of unknown insects yet to be discovered. Recently, scientists found a new species of bush tiger mantis that hunts like the world's biggest cats.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2014

Climate change may destroy historic national landmarks, scientists warn

Landmarks everywhere could be destroyed by global climate change, including Jamestown, the Statue of Liberty and Boston.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2014

Climate change threatens many American historical sites

From worsening wildfires to rapid sea level rise, climate change has been posing a major threat to United States' most treasured historical sites in the past years, a group of scientists said. It's time to take steps to minimize risks and lessen the impact of such changes on these sites.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

Prepare for cluster of strong earthquakes in Bay Area, experts warn

History is bound to repeat itself soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Only this time, California would not be revisited by another Great San Francisco earthquake. Instead, a cluster of similarly powerful earthquakes could take place.

Earth/Environment May 22, 2014

As lovely as a tree? Poem in UK cleanses air pollution

An interesting collaboration of science and the arts may result in cutting air pollution worldwide by half. All it takes is a simple poem printed in a huge and special type of tarpaulin in praise of air.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2014

One drunk zebrafish swims faster...sober peers act tipsy, too: Study

Drinking moderately, as per alcohol advertisements, surprisingly does well, at least for zebrafish. In fact, when these one-inch-long fishes are drunk, they can be quite influential to their peers.

Earth/Environment May 20, 2014

Longitude Prize is back: Win £10 million by solving the biggest problem facing science today

The public will choose which of the world's most pressing problems will be addressed by a multi-million-dollar science prize. Award echoes a similar prize of 300 years ago.

Earth/Environment May 20, 2014

Forest fires and climate change led to record Greenland ice sheet melt in 2012: Study

Global warming and forest fires could be responsible for melting over nearly all of the Greenland ice sheet. Dartmouth researchers profiled how the process works.

Earth/Environment May 20, 2014

ESA CryoSat sees Antarctic ice melting twice as fast, will affect rise in sea levels

Melting in the Antarctic is happening faster than believed. This is the story of the discovery.

Earth/Environment May 19, 2014

U.S. should expect worse wildfires due to climate change, studies say

The future of Southern California is bright and fiery but in a foreboding way, based on drought conditions, high temperatures and wildfires, according to studies conducted by scientists.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2014

Remembering the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens

Exactly 34 years after the major explosion of Mount St. Helens, scientists relive the fateful day by setting up the explosion themselves for further studies.

Earth/Environment May 20, 2014

Newly mapped Greenland valleys up risk of faster glacier melting

New research shows that Greenland may be a larger contributor to rising sea levels. The findings show deep valleys that have formed under the Greenland ice sheet may erode ice even faster and dump large amounts of water into the world's oceans.

Earth/Environment May 20, 2014

Plastic microbeads in cosmetics and toiletries poison humans and endanger food sources

Thousands of microbeads are inadvertently washed down by humans to the seas and lakes as current treatment plants fail to filter these tiny non-biodegradable pellets.

Earth/Environment May 20, 2014

Honeybee colony losses less this winter but concerns remain

Colony Collapse Disorder, leading to mass deaths of bees, were down last year. But, what is responsible for the killing?

Earth/Environment May 18, 2014

Alien on North Carolina beach? No, just a rare lancet fish

A fish of the open seas known as lancet fish was found in the shores of a popular fishing spot in North Carolina, another rare find added to the list of this year's weird-looking creatures unintentionally hauled from the oceans.

Earth/Environment May 17, 2014

Stranded ship off Galapagos is a disaster waiting to happen, warns Ecuador

The Galapaface 1, stranded in the Galapagos, may present environmental dangers, even after having its cargo removed.

Earth/Environment May 18, 2014

Climate change to hit credit ratings of countries, especially poor ones, warns S&P

Standard and Poor's is warning climate change and aging populations may soon threaten the credit ratings of developing countries.

Earth/Environment May 17, 2014

Fast solar winds linked to increase in lightning strike rates on Earth

Solar winds slamming into earth's atmosphere linked to lightning and thunderstorms, study finds. Finding could help in weather forecasting.

Earth/Environment May 16, 2014

Here's how farmers and consumers can cut nitrogen pollution by half

In a recent study, scientists proposed "ambitious mitigation" to curb nitrogen pollution expected to rise by a whopping 156 percent in 2050.

Earth/Environment May 16, 2014

Global warming causes hurricanes, typhoons to move poleward as they reach maximum intensity: Study

Scientists have discovered that strong storms are now moving towards the poles. Instead of staying in the tropics, the storms are now peaking further North and South.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2014

Consumption of ground water may be triggering California earthquakes

What happens when large volumes of water from underneath Central Valley are pumped out? Aside from the lands sinking and the mountain ranges rising, it could even disturb San Andreas Fault. A not-so-good idea.

Earth/Environment May 17, 2014

Strong winds due to climate change prevents Antarctica from getting warmer

Scientists have discovered that Antarctica is being kept cold by strong winds caused by climate change. These same winds are also causing dry spells in Australia.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2014

Military sees climate change as catalyst for conflict. Here's why

The accelerating effects of climate change have gotten US military top brass growing more concerned. Changes in the environment may also cause drastic changes in the way the military operates.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

Petrified 16 million-year-old sperm of mussel shrimp is sperm-tacular in size

From an ancient mating of two marine species comes the oldest and biggest fossil of a sperm ever found, at least of its kind.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2014

Oil researchers discover deep-sea grave off the coast of Angola. Here's what they found out

A chance discovery of a "deep-sea graveyard" off the coast of Angola may unearth mysteries of a thriving ecosystem underneath and could even serve as stepping stone in curbing carbon in the world's oceans.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

Massive fish kill in New Jersey's Shark River due to oxygen depletion

Thousands of dead fish greeted locals of Belmar, New Jersey Monday, leaving authorities baffled at what caused these fish to die in the outwardly acceptable waters of Shark River.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

California's wolf OR-7 might have found love in Oregon

There is still hope for the endangered species of wolves in the North America. OR-7, the famous grey wolf, may have finally found its mate in the wilderness of Oregon.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2014

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