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Desert streams: Deceptively simple

Volatile rainstorms drive complex landscape changes in deserts, particularly in dryland channels, which are shaped by flash flooding. Paradoxically, such desert streams have surprisingly simple top...

Karakoram glacier anomaly resolved, a cold case of climate science

Researchers may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, namely why glaciers in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas have remained stable and even in...

Predicting the predator threatening a squirrel by analyzing its sounds and tail movements

Biologists found the could quite accurately predict what type of predator was threatening a squirrel by analyzing its sounds and tail movements.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/scienceda...

Beyond LOL cats, social networks could become trove of biodiversity data

Social networks can be a viable source for photo-vouchered biodiversity records, especially those that clarify which species exist in what places within developing nations, one expert suggests.<...

Ocean's living carbon pumps: When viruses attack giant algal blooms, global carbon cycles are aff...

By some estimates, almost half of the world's organic carbon is fixed by marine organisms called phytoplankton -- single-celled photosynthetic organisms that account for less than one percent of th...

Earthquakes in the ocean: Towards a better understanding of their precursors

New research offers the first theoretical model that, based on fluid-related processes, explains the seismic precursors of an underwater earthquake. Using quantitative measurements, this innovative...

In between red light and blue light: New functionality of molecular light switches

Diatoms play an important role in water quality and in the global climate. They generate about one fourth of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere and perform around one-quarter of the global carb...

Asbestos likely more widespread than previously thought

Naturally occurring asbestos minerals may be more widespread than previously thought, with newly discovered sources now identified within the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The asbestos-rich areas ar...

Scale of declines of UK migratory birds wintering in Africa revealed

The migration of millions of birds across the face of the planet is one of nature's greatest annual events. Every spring some species move in one direction, while every autumn those same species mo...

Australian volcanic mystery explained

Scientists have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding Australia's only active volcanic area. The volcanism springs from a unique interaction between the continent's movement north and local va...