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Rainfall Can Release Aerosols

Ever notice an earthy smell in the air after a light rain? Now scientists at MIT believe they may have identified the mechanism that releases this aroma, as well as other aerosols, into the environment.

Using high-speed cameras, the researchers…[more]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


01-23-2015

Humans, Sparrows Make Sense of Sounds in Similar Ways

The song of the swamp sparrow—a grey-breasted bird found in wetlands throughout much of North America—is a simple melodious trill, repeated over and over again.

“It’s kind of like a harmonious police whistle,” said biologist Stephen Nowicki.

But according to…[more]

Duke University


01-08-2015

Mapping Snake Venom Variety Reveals Unexpected Evolutionary Pattern

Venom from an eastern diamondback rattlesnake in the Everglades is distinct from the cocktail of toxins delivered by the same species in the Florida panhandle area, some 500 miles away. But no matter where you go in the Southeastern United…[more]

Genetics Society of America


01-08-2015

Sensing Distant Tornadoes, Birds Flew the Coop

When birds unexpectedly flee their nesting grounds, it may be a demonstration of Mother Nature’s early-warning system that a massive storm is approaching.

While tracking a population of golden-winged warblers, a research team led by ecologist Henry Streby at the…[more]

University of California, Berkeley


12-19-2014

Spider’s Web Weaves Way to Advanced Networks and Displays

The next generation of light-manipulating networks may take their lead from designs inspired by spiders and leaves, according to a new report from two Boston College physicists and colleagues at South China Normal University.

Structures as commonplace as spider webs…[more]

Boston College


12-19-2014

Citizen Science Spurs Increased Support For Conservation

Citizen science boosts environmental awareness and advocacy more than previously thought and can lead to broader public support for conservation efforts, according to a new study by researchers at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

The study, led by…[more]

Kati Moore, Duke University


12-11-2014

Fungus-Growing Ants Selectively Cultivate Their Crops

Ever since agriculture evolved around 10,000 years ago, plants have been artificially selected to become the fast growing and highly productive varieties we know today. However, humans were not the first to see merit in cultivating their own food. Ants…[more]

University of Copenhagen


12-11-2014

Groundwater Patches Play Important Role in Forest Health, Water Quality

Even during summer dry spells, some isolated patches of soil in forested watersheds remain waterlogged.

These patches act as hot spots of microbial activity that remove nitrogen from groundwater and return it to the atmosphere, researchers from several institutions, including…[more]

Virginia Tech


11-06-2014

Why Plants Don’t Get a Sunburn

Plants rely on sunlight to make their food, but they also need protection from its harmful rays, just like humans do. Recently, scientists discovered a group of molecules in plants that shields them from sun damage. Now, in an article…[more]

American Chemical Society


10-30-2014

Genetic Secrets of the Monarch Butterfly

The monarch butterfly is one of the most iconic insects in the world, best known for its distinct orange and black wings and a spectacular annual mass migration across North America. However, little has been known about the genes that…[more]

University of Chicago Medical Center


10-02-2014
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