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A Sprinkle of Seaweed Could Deflate Gassy Cows

A Sprinkle of Seaweed Could Deflate Gassy Cows

Our passion for cheeseburgers isn’t doing the planet any good. All those Holsteins and Jerseys and relations—the ultimate sources of burgers, T-bone steaks, milkshakes, and ice cream—are wreaking havoc with Earth’s climate. But it looks like there’s a cure in sight, and it just might be seaweed. Specifically, a red alga known to scientists as Asparagopsis taxiformis. A major environmental problem with cows is their insistence on spewing out methane, a greenhouse gas that packs, ton for ton, thirty times the disastrous punch of CO2. This isn’t a deliberate plot on the part of Earth’s 1.5...

November 29, 2016
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Strange earthquake waves rippled around Earth, and nobody knows why

Strange earthquake waves rippled around Earth, and nobody knows why

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.On the morning of November 11, just before 9:30 UT, a .The seismic waves began roughly 15 miles off the shores of Mayotte, a French island sandwiched between Africa and the northern tip of Madagascar. The waves buzzed across Africa, ringing sensors in Zambia, , and Ethiopia. They traversed vast oceans, humming across , , , and even nearly 11,000 miles away.These waves didn't just zip by; they rang for more than 20 minutes. And yet, it seems, no human felt them.Only one person noticed the odd signal on the U.S. Geological...

October 23, 2019
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Banana fungus arrives in Colombia, threatening the fruit

Banana fungus arrives in Colombia, threatening the fruit

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.A fungus that has in the Eastern Hemisphere has, despite years of preventative efforts, arrived in the Americas.ICA, the Colombian agriculture and livestock authority, confirmed on Thursday that laboratory tests have positively identified the presence of so-called Panama disease Tropical Race 4 on banana farms in the Caribbean coastal region. The announcement was accompanied by a declaration of a national state of emergency.The discovery of the fungus represents a potential impending disaster for bananas as both a food source...

August 13, 2019
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Earth's inner core is doing something weird

Earth's inner core is doing something weird

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.On September 27, 1971, a nuclear bomb exploded on Russia’s Novaya Zemlya islands. The powerful blast sent waves rippling so deep inside Earth they ricocheted off the inner core, pinging an array of hundreds of mechanical ears some 4,000 miles away in the Montana wilderness. Three years later, that array picked up a signal when a second bomb exploded at nearly the same spot.This pair of nuclear explosions was part of hundreds of tests detonated during the throes of Cold War fervor. Now, the records of these wiggles are making...

August 19, 2019
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What the Amazon fires mean for wild animals

What the Amazon fires mean for wild animals

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.Read this story in Spanish .The Amazon rainforest—home to one in 10 species on Earth—. As of last week, 9,000 wildfires were raging simultaneously across the vast rainforest of Brazil and spreading into Bolivia, Paraguay, and Peru. The blazes, largely set intentionally to clear land for cattle ranching, farming, and logging, have been exacerbated by the dry season. They’re now burning in massive numbers, an 80 percent increase over this time last year, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The fires can even...

August 23, 2019
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A tectonic plate is dying under Oregon. Here’s why that matters.

A tectonic plate is dying under Oregon. Here’s why that matters.

A peek into the curious geology of the Pacific Northwest helps tease apart what may happen when the last bits of an oceanic plate get swallowed up.Something was nagging at , and it was more about what was missing than what was there.As a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, Hawley is fascinated with the geologic , a giant fault off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. There, the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate plunges under the North American plate, building strain throughout the region and prompting fears of when it releases.Hawley, however, was distracted by a peculiar...

July 29, 2019
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Will warming spring temperatures slow the coronavirus outbreak?

Will warming spring temperatures slow the coronavirus outbreak?

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.Whether the coronavirus that’s quickly spreading around the world will follow the flu season and subside with spring’s arrival is unsatisfyingly uncertain, and many scientists say it’s too soon to know how the dangerous virus will behave in warmer weather.Dozens of viruses exist in the coronavirus family, but only seven afflict humans. Four are known to cause mild colds in people, while others are more novel, deadly, and thought to be transmitted from animals like bats and camels. Health officials have labeled this new virus...

March 10, 2020
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Amid the world’s strictest lockdown, people who feed stray dogs are now deemed essential

Amid the world’s strictest lockdown, people who feed stray dogs are now deemed essential

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.Another day, another 500 mouths for Sanjukta Lal to feed.Each day, Lal prepares chicken and rice for scores of street . Then she ventures out, during a nationwide stay-at-home order, to drop off the meals at various places around the southern Indian city of Puducherry.Lal is one of the animal lovers looking after ’s , many of which can’t find food during the world's largest lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19. With shops and restaurants shuttered from March 25 until at least May 18, the canines’ main source of...

May 8, 2020
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How California’s skate culture became a global phenomenon

How California’s skate culture became a global phenomenon

This new Olympic sport went from fringe hobby to a worldwide influence on cityscapes and fashion.On a sunny Monday afternoon at Venice Beach, a tall young man in a T-shirt and baggy pants leaps over the rail of the skate park, drops his skateboard onto the concrete surface, mounts the wood with his left foot, and proceeds to glide along the park’s perimeter with increasing speed. He descends into one of the park’s two deep bowls, then soars back up and over its far lip. Approaching a platform, he and his skateboard leap onto it—but not before his back foot twirls the board 360 degrees, a...

May 14, 2020
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Flying squirrels secretly glow pink thanks to fluorescence

Flying squirrels secretly glow pink thanks to fluorescence

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.Flying squirrels were already exceptional, as far as rodents go. Gifted with a flap of skin between their limbs, they can glide long distances between the trees where they live. But suggests some of the critters hide a bizarre secret—their fur glows a brilliant, bubble-gum pink under ultraviolet light.This makes these squirrels one of only a few mammals known to fluoresce, which is the ability to absorb light in one color, or wavelength, and emit it in another. The finding raises tantalizing questions about the function of...

February 8, 2019
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