Densovirus named top suspect in devastating sea star wasting disease

EurekAlert, November 17

Ithaca, NY – Since 2013, millions of sea stars native to the Pacific coast of North America from Baja California to southern Alaska have succumbed to a mysterious wasting disease in which their limbs pull away from their bodies and their organs exude through their skin; a disease researchers say could trigger […]

Study: Male chimps who bully females are more likely to father offspring

Science Recorder, November 15

When it comes to chimpanzees, it doesn’t pay to be a gentleman, a new study has found.

The study, published in Current Biology, finds that chimpanzee males who violently attack females, often leaving serious wounds, are usually more successful in breeding, according to an Arizona State University report.

The researchers noticed […]

Acoustic warfare: bats jam each other’s sonar while bug hunting

Acoustic warfare: bats jam each other’s sonar while bug hunting

Reuters, By Will Dunham, November 8

All’s fair in love and war – and also in mid-air bug hunting, if you’re a bat.

Scientists studying a common species of these flying mammals found that the bats, while competing for the juicy insects they call dinner, […]

Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known

New York Times, By John Noble Wilford, October 8

There is nothing like a blank stone surface to inspire a widely shared urge to make art.

A team of researchers reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday that paintings of hands and animals in seven limestone caves on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi may be […]

Wednesday morning’s lunar eclipse…

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Oceans Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized

Climate Central, By John Upton, October 5

The RV Kaharoa motored out of Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, loaded with more than 100 scientific instruments, each eventually destined for a watery grave. Crewmembers will spend the next two months dropping the 50-pound devices, called Argo floats, into the seas between New Zealand and Mauritius, off […]

Walrus mass in vast numbers on Alaska beach as sea ice retreats

Concern that warming climate is responsible for gathering of about 35,000 walrus in north-west Alaska.

AP, September 30

Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in north-west Alaska.

An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed on Saturday about five miles north of […]

Wildlife populations fall by half in 40 years

World Wildlife Fund blames human threats to nature for biggest share of decline, particularly in tropical regions.

Al Jazeera, September 30

The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the biggest […]

World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise

New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline

The Guardian, By Damian Carrington, September 18

The world’s population is now odds-on to swell ever-higher for the rest of the century, posing grave challenges for food supplies, healthcare and social cohesion. A ground-breaking analysis released on Thursday shows there […]

Ig Nobels: British researchers take coveted science humour prize

The Guardian, By Ian Sample, September 18

The nation can hold its head up high. Once again, researchers in Britain have been honoured with that most coveted of scientific awards, the Ig Nobel prize.

Not to be confused with the more prestigious – and lucrative – prizes doled out from Stockholm next month, the Ig […]

Body odor linked to love and politics

Al Jazeera, By Wilson Dizard, September 17

Politics stink — literally — according to scientists who released a study this week showing that people find the smells of others who share their political viewpoints more viscerally attractive than the odors of their ideological opponents.

The researchers suspect that preferences of this kind stem from evolutionary […]

Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny man made climate change

Analysis of proposed 6th grade texts show they falsely claim scientific disagreement about global warming.

The Guardian, By Suzanne Goldenberg, September 16

Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank.

The proposed text books – which come […]

Battleship beast: colossal dinosaur skeleton found in southern Patagonia

Dreadnoughtus schrani unearthed in Argentina is most complete skeleton of plant-eating titanosaur recovered anywhere in world.

The Guardian, By Ian Sample, September 4

The spectacular remains of one of the largest beasts ever to walk the planet have been unearthed by fossil hunters in southern Patagonia.

The unique haul of bones includes a metre-wide neck […]

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A new report released by research and news organization Climate Central predicts that by the year 2100 our usual 82 degree average summer weather will reach an average of around 91 degrees—the equivalent […]

Now, new evidence shows particle found in 2012 is the Higgs boson

PTI/Times of India, June 23

Washington – In a breakthrough, researchers at CERN have found the first evidence for the direct decay of the Higgs boson into fermions — a strong indication that the particle discovered in 2012 is the Higgs boson.

The findings confirm that the bosons decay to fermions — a group of […]

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