Climate models have long been reliant on information from cloud interactions with ship exhaust; however, new research shows this may not tell the whole story Continue reading Overestimating Cloud Cooling: How Ship Tracks May Incorrectly Inform Climate Models
As Earth continues warming, flooding across the U.S. has been getting worse. Scientists have recently figured out just how much that is costing us. Continue reading Climate Change Tied to a Third of Recent Flood Damage in U.S.
by Piyush Nandafigures by Corena Loeb In an area devastated by deforestation, an 18-month-old toddler from the nearest settlement, Meliandou in Guinea, was seen playing around a fallen tree swarming with bats. The child then contracted a mysterious illness, which spread to many who came in contact. After it had already killed 30 people, the illness was identified as Ebola. Comprehensive studies have since connected … Continue reading Are Pandemics the Cost of Human Recklessness Towards Nature?
35 years after the nuclear accident in Chernobyl, a recent study showed that the crops in the regions near Chernobyl are still contaminated. Continue reading Radioactive Contamination Still Detected in Chernobyl Crops
Territorial red squirrels were found to live longer and have more offspring when they had friendly social relationships with their neighbors. Continue reading Be Nice to Your Neighbors: If You’re a Squirrel, You’ll Live Longer
As the Arctic gets hotter, its landscape releases more greenhouse gases. According to a new study, the warming Arctic soil’s bacteria may diversify and emit even more greenhouse gas than scientists have thought. Continue reading As the Arctic Warms, Soil Bacteria May Diversify and Release More Carbon Dioxide
Commercial harvesting of plants may have forced them to evolve to camouflage and evade humans. Continue reading Plants Can Camouflage Too, and They’re Hiding from Us
How do you introduce yourself, scientifically? My name is Mia Miyagi, and I’m an evolutionary biologist, which means that I study how the process of evolution works and how that process has generated the incredible biodiversity that we have today. More specifically, I’m a theoretical population geneticist. Population genetics is how we think about evolution and variation across entire populations. In other words, how individuals … Continue reading What Does an Evolutionary Biologist Do?
Dinosaurs rose and fell, but one foot-long scaly creature — the tuatara — persisted. Recently, the first tuatara genome was sequenced, unlocking insights into the evolution of other reptiles, birds, dinosaurs, and even our own mammalian lineage. Continue reading Not Just Your Ordinary Lizard: The Unique Genome of the Tuatara
Plastics in the ocean are a huge problem, partly because microplastics have significant health effects on marine organisms. Few have explored the quantification of microplastics on the deep ocean floor. Continue reading 14 Million Tons of Microplastic are on the Ocean Floor