Climate change may favor large plant eaters over small competitors
Dec 20, 2017
In the drive to survive changing climates, larger herbivores may fare slightly better than their smaller competitors, according to new research from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and the ...
How fungi helped create life as we know it
Dec 18, 2017
Today our world is visually dominated by animals and plants, but this world would not have been possible without fungi, say University of Leeds scientists.
A model of Mars-like protoplanets shed light on early solar activity
Dec 18, 2017
A scientist from Siberian Federal University (SFU) and his colleagues from Austria and Germany constructed a physical and mathematical model of Mars- and Venus-sized planet formation. The team concluded that Mars had no chances ...
After the fire, charcoal goes against the grain, with the flow
Dec 11, 2017
When a forest fire decimated more than 3,000 acres of Rice University-owned timberland in 2011, biogeochemist Carrie Masiello saw a silver lining in the blackened trees.
Undersea topography generates hot spots of ocean mixing
Dec 04, 2017
Using underwater robots in the waters surrounding Antarctica, scientists at Caltech have shown that the intersection of strong currents with the slope of landmasses rising from the ocean floor makes a significant contribution ...
Study discovers why global warming will accelerate as CO2 levels rise
Nov 29, 2017
Global warming is likely to speed up as the Earth becomes increasingly more sensitive to atmospheric CO₂ concentrations, scientists from the University of Reading have warned.
Decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide key to ancient climate transition
Nov 27, 2017
A decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels led to a fundamental shift in the behaviour of the Earth's climate system around one million years ago, according to new research led by the University of Southampton.
How do atmospheric shifts affect soil-dwelling microbes?
Nov 17, 2017
Rising levels of carbon dioxide, ozone and other gases can affect crop growth. Microorganisms inside crops, on their roots or within nearby soil also influence crops by contributing nutrients, curbing disease and combating ...
Groundwater depletion could be significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide
Nov 16, 2017
Humans may be adding large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by using groundwater faster than it is replenished, according to new research. This process, known as groundwater depletion, releases a significant amount ...
Study settles prehistoric puzzle, confirms modern link of carbon dioxide, global warming
Nov 14, 2017
Fossil leaves from Africa have resolved a prehistoric climate puzzle—and also confirm the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global warming.