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'First flowers' may have 'bloomed' in water, not on land, fossils suggest

By analyzing more than 1,000 fossil remains, scientists have discovered that an unassuming, 130-million-year-old water-dwelling plant could be one of Earth's first flowering plants.<p><i>Montsechia vidalii</i>, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could change many theories about …

Glass Paint: Secret to Keeping Metal Roofs Cool on Sunny Days

White paint is popping up on more rooftops to keep buildings cool on sunny days, but a new glass-based option could offer a longer-term fix.<p>New York and other cities see a climate fix in white paint, which is coating more rooftops as way to cool buildings and cut energy use. They may soon have …

Youth Activists Sue U.S. Government For Ruining The Environment

Climate change is heating up the courtrooms<p>Less than two months after Dutch citizens won a lawsuit demanding their government do something about climate change, similar cases are entering courts here in the United States. The latest entrant into the legal environmental battle is a group of 21 young …

Alligator On Helium Reveals The Secret Meaning Of Alligator Bellows

They bellow to communicate their body size to other gators<p>Alligators are extremely vocal animals, making loud grunts called bellows year-round, but especially around their mating season. Researchers have long known that alligators make these sounds by exhaling either above or below the water …

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