Ecology

Climate change is increasingly turning Antarctica green

The mental picture that most of us have of Antarctica is a frozen wasteland, white as far as the eye can see. But according to a new study that might …

Climate Change

Successful synthesis of nanomaterial that improves catalytic converter efficiency

A large international collaboration, which included ANSTO, has successfully synthesised highly porous rhodium nanoparticles that could be used as a …

Breakthrough means fewer frogs needed for research

The number of clawed frogs used worldwide in research could soon be a fraction of the current number, following new research at the University of …

Life Sciences

American trees are migrating west, and no one knows why

Over the past 30 years, three-quarters of eastern US tree species have been shifting to the west, and at an astonishing rate of around 15.4 kilometres per decade (9.5 miles).<p>That's weird, because scientists have long predicted that the effects of climate change would send species towards the poles …

Climate Change

Land around powerlines could be boon to birds

Transmission lines may be eyesores for most people but for songbirds, the forest around them might just be critical habitat.<p>A team of researchers …

New Hampshire

Why flying goats in yoga pants could save a Caribbean island

<b>As the tiny, rugged isle of Redonda appears like an eerie moonscape through the rain clouds, it is easy to see why people refer to it simply as "the rock".</b><p>Almost devoid of vegetation, this tiny remnant of a prehistoric volcano looks a hulk of nothingness.<p>This is Antigua and Barbuda's third island, …

Nature

Can we really eat invasive species into submission?

The tale of a giant Amazon fish reveals the promise and peril of “invasivorism”.<p>LAS PEÑITAS, Bolivia—Before he’d ever seen a paiche, fish trader Eric Salazar had heard the giant Amazonian fish could grow up to 10 feet long, weigh 400 pounds and eat a man whole. The paiche, or <i>Arapaima gigas</i><i>,</i> is the …

Lifestyle

Artists use invasive plants to create paper

Katie Grzesiak could toss all the ugly garlic mustard weeds her volunteers pull into the landfill to biodegrade. Instead she dries some to make …

Gardening

Norway to boost climate change defences of 'doomsday' seed vault

Norway on Saturday said it would boost protection of a seed storage vault designed to protect the world's crops from disaster, after soaring …

Climate Change

Watch out in a world of connected objects, cyber specialists warn

Connected TVs, having rapidly become widespread, are an ideal portal for making ransom demands.<p>"Tomorrow, one can imagine devices which attack your …

Cybersecurity

Sequestering blue carbon through better management of coastal ecosystems

Focusing on the management of carbon stores within vegetated coastal habitats provides an opportunity to mitigate some aspects of global warming. …

Life Sciences

Earth - Why humans, chimpanzees and rats enjoy being tickled

<b>"</b>Tickle is one of the broadest and deepest subjects in science."<p>So says Robert Provine, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. His career has included exploration of various "curious behaviours", including hiccupping, yawning and farting, so why does this one stand out?<p>In short, …

Animal Behavior

Many species in peril on Endangered Species Day

From climate change to habitat fragmentation, pollution and human conflict, species around the world are facing a slew of threats to their survival.<p>The National Geographic Photo Ark project aims to capture photos of every species living in the world's zoos and other protected areas before they …

Wildlife

Nest of rare ant T. rex found in Singapore

(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with Singapore Botanic Gardens and the National University of Singapore has found and studied a nest of …

Tyrannosaurus Rex

How land along U.S. highways can be used to better protect wildlife

May 19, 2017 — Late last August, armed with a sweep net and identification guides, Sarah Piecuch was looking for butterflies. She trudged through …

Wildlife

World-Renowned Photographer Documents Most Remote Ecosystems on Earth

By Andrea Kavanagh World-renowned photojournalist Paul Nicklen , who has been documenting the polar regions and their native wildlife for more than …

Oceans

South China Sea found to have heightened levels of anthropogenic surface nitrogen

<b>More information:</b> Haojia Ren et al. 21st-century rise in anthropogenic nitrogen deposition on a remote coral reef, <i>Science</i> (2017). DOI: …

South China Sea

The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity | Green Economy

<b>What is TEEB?</b><p>The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is a global initiative focused on “making nature’s values visible”. Its principal …

Green Economy

Bad Dog

A new study examines the wildlife impacts of free-range canines<p>Wilderness is great. Dogs are great. The temptation to mix the two is great. But bad …

Life Sciences

'An unfolding tragedy': Australia's vulnerable koala population battles extinction

Australia's koala population faces extinction across large parts of New South Wales and Queensland as urbanisation, land clearing and climate change …

Koala

Why we should be turning waste into fuel

Waste-to-fuel plants produce fuels from the combustible (energy-rich) materials found in waste from households and industry. Suitable materials …

Recycling

$56k fine for illegal land clearing in WA

A Perth company has been fined $56,000 plus costs of $6503 for illegally clearing 18 hectares of land, affecting native vegetation and …

When some U.S. firms move production overseas, they also offshore their pollution

Another way is for firms in rich countries to keep selling the "dirty" products but redesign their production networks. They will offshore production …

Pollution

Climate change may bring more extreme heat, ozone pollution days to the Southeast, researchers say

Global climate change may produce an environment in the southeastern United States that could foster dangerous extreme heat events, more high-ozone …

Climate Change

Deciding whether to bring back extinct species

When applied to de-extinction projects, decision science lets researchers:<p>compare different possible outcomes of de-extinction approaches<br>• better …

Life Sciences

Using seaweed to kill invasive ants

The Argentine ant is an invasive species with a worldwide distribution. It is a major nuisance in southern states including Georgia, South Carolina, …

Life Sciences

Evidence of the earliest occupation of the coasts of Australia from Barrow Island, Northwest Australia

The combined results of radiocarbon and optical luminescent dating provided largely consistent chronologies.<p>Dr Vladimir Levchenko, who supervised …

Archaeology

Five questions about tornadoes

<b>4. What should I do during a tornado warning?</b><p>Basements, storm cellars or "safe rooms" that meet federal guidelines provide excellent protection. If …

Weather

Researcher finds evidence for shared governance in ancient Mexico

For much of his career, University of Kentucky Professor of Anthropology Christopher Pool has been fascinated by Mexico's ancient Olmec culture, with …

Archaeology

Insects resist genetic methods to control disease spread, study finds

Researchers are exploring the use of the revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to fight human disease and agricultural blight. But a study from …

Genetics