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September 29, 2020

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New research identifies a process that might have been key in producing the first organic molecules on Earth about 4 billion years ago, before the origin of life. The ...
A new study of an ancient period that is considered the closest natural analog to the era of modern human carbon emissions ...
Astronomers have discovered a rare molecule -- phosphine -- in the clouds of Venus. On Earth, this gas is only made industrially or by microbes that thrive in oxygen-free ...
Scientists have compiled a continuous, high-fidelity record of variations in Earth's climate extending 66 million years into ...
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Many Ventilation Systems May Increase Risk of COVID-19 Exposure, Study Suggests

Ventilation systems in many modern office buildings, which are designed to keep temperatures comfortable and increase energy efficiency, may increase the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, ...

Are China's Pollution Remediation Efforts Making the Planet Warmer?

A 10-year effort by China to improve air quality and reduce pollution-related health risks has caused warming in areas across the northern hemisphere, according to new ...

Untapped Potential Exists for Blending Hydropower, Floating Solar Panels

Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe, according to a ...

Landslides: Long-Term Effects on Tundra Vegetation

Landslides have long-term effects on tundra vegetation, a new study shows. Conducting the study in North West Siberia, the researchers found that tundra vegetation regenerated rapidly after a major ...

Sentinels of Ocean Acidification Impacts Survived Earth's Last Mass Extinction

Two groups of tiny, delicate marine organisms, sea butterflies and sea angels, were found to be surprisingly resilient -- having survived dramatic global climate change and Earth's most recent ...

The Testimony of Trees: How Volcanic Eruptions Shaped 2000 Years of World History

Researchers have shown that over the past two thousand years, volcanoes have played a larger role in natural temperature variability than previously thought, and their climatic effects may have ...

Researchers Help Develop Sustainable Polymers

Researchers have made new discoveries on the effects of temperature on sustainable polymers. Their findings may help the industry to produce plastics that are better for the ...

Coldest Northern Hemisphere Temps of Minus 69.6 Degress Celsius: Greenland, 1991

Nearly 30 years after recording a temperature of minus 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 69.6 Celsius) in Greenland, the measurement has been verified by the World Meteorological Organization as the ...

A Better Alternative to Phthalates?

Researchers analyzed urine samples from pregnant women to look for the presence of DINCH, which is short for di(isononyl)cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylate. They found concentrations of DINCH in most of ...

Tree Rings Show Scale of Arctic Pollution Is Worse Than Previously Thought

The largest-ever study of tree rings from Norilsk in the Russian Arctic has shown that the direct and indirect effects of industrial pollution in the region and beyond are far worse than previously ...

New Way of Analyzing Soil Organic Matter Will Help Predict Climate Change

A new way of analyzing the chemical composition of soil organic matter will help scientists predict how soils store carbon -- and how soil carbon may affect climate in the ...

New Knowledge About What Causes Thunderstorms and Cloud Bursts

Thunderstorms often provoke violent cloud bursts that can result in devastating flooding. But what actually spawns thunderstorms and cloud bursts? This question has spurred a new ...

Marine Heatwaves Are Human-Made

Heatwaves in the world's oceans have become over 20 times more frequent due to human influence. This is what researchers are now able to demonstrate. Marine heatwaves destroy ecosystems and ...

Switching Up: Marine Bacteria Shift Between Lifestyles to Get the Best Resources

Researchers have found that marine bacteria exploit resource patches efficiently by switching between attached and planktonic lifestyles, and fine-tuning the time spent on patches depending on their ...

Major Wind-Driven Ocean Currents Are Shifting Toward the Poles

The severe droughts in the USA and Australia are the first sign that the tropics, and their warm temperatures, are apparently expanding in the wake of climate ...

Reusing Tableware Can Reduce Waste from Online Food Deliveries

In China, approximately 10 billion online food orders were served to over 400 million customers in 2018. All of these orders came in single-use plastic packaging, with single-use plastic tableware. ...

How Earthquake Swarms Arise

A new fault simulator maps out how interactions between pressure, friction and fluids rising through a fault zone can lead to slow-motion quakes and seismic ...

Tracking Shape Changes in Amazon Fish After Major River Is Dammed

Biologists compared museum collections of cichlid fishes collected before a dam was closed in 1984 on the Tocantins River in the Amazon and contemporary specimens taken from the Tucuruí Reservoir by ...

Simpler Models May Be Better for Determining Some Climate Risk

Typically, computer models of climate become more and more complex as researchers strive to capture more details of our Earth's system, but according to a team of researchers, to assess risks, ...

Caribbean Islands Face Loss of Protection and Biodiversity as Seagrass Loses Terrain

Tropical islands have an important ally when it comes to battling storms and sea-level rise: seagrass. During hurricane Irma (2017), scientists witnessed how native seagrass meadows along the coast ...

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