Reshuffled Rivers Bolster the Amazon’s Hyper-Biodiversity

Reshuffled Rivers Bolster the Amazon’s Hyper-Biodiversity

The relationship between geographic change and biodiversity is “one of the most contentious topics in evolutionary biology,” said Musher, who did the study as part of his doctoral work.

Ki uta ki tai: NIWA’s role in mountains-to-sea estuarine management

Ki uta ki tai: NIWA’s role in mountains-to-sea estuarine management

Researchers from Sustainable Seas and Our Land & Water National Science Challenges are involved in a two-year project called Ki uta ki tai: Estuaries, thresholds and values, which includes interwoven critical steps funded by MfE.

'Vampire Energy' Is Sucking the Life Out of Our Planet

'Vampire Energy' Is Sucking the Life Out of Our Planet

Studies from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have found that more than 100 billion kilowatt-hours are wasted every year because of vampire energy, “costing American consumers over $19 billion—about $165 per US household on average—and 50 large (500-megawatt) power plants’ worth of electricity.”.

The Importance of Being a Responsible Nest Box Host

The Importance of Being a Responsible Nest Box Host

The harsh reality is that house sparrows often kill adult bluebirds and their nestlings in the box, and build their messy nests on top of the carnage below.House sparrows are a non-native species that often kill native bluebirds when they take over a nest box.

Look at that Lek! 9 Birds That Put on a Show

Look at that Lek! 9 Birds That Put on a Show

In spring, male sage grouse gather on leks to attract females.Most species of bustard lek, and birders familiar with sage grouse and prairie chicken will find their displays familiar: strutting and stamping, and a lot of inflated air sacs.

Companies May Soon Have to Reveal a Hidden Risk: Carbon Emissions

Companies May Soon Have to Reveal a Hidden Risk: Carbon Emissions

Companies use energy and produce greenhouse gases directly, of course—by operating offices and data centers , making products, and converting carbon-absorbing wilderness into wasteland.

The EPA May Extend the Use of Pesticides that Paralyze Bees

The EPA May Extend the Use of Pesticides that Paralyze Bees

These four insecticides are all types of neonicotinoids, a class of chemicals that is widely used on crops to treat them for pests but has been found to cause devastation among non-target insects, such as bees.

Machines of War Take a Heavy Toll on Ukraine—and the Planet

Machines of War Take a Heavy Toll on Ukraine—and the Planet

But a hidden crisis is unfolding too: The carbon emitted by war machines is helping warm the planet at a critical moment in human history, when every day not spent decarbonizing adds to the compounding misery of climate change.

Deer Mice: Get to Know North America’s Most Abundant Mammal

Deer Mice: Get to Know North America’s Most Abundant Mammal

“They are one of a handful of small mammals that are quintessential generalists,” says Bryan McLean, a professor at the University of North Carolina Greensborough who has studied deer mice for years.Climate may also be changing how deer mice breed and litter size.

Why Do Flickers Knock on Your House?

Why Do Flickers Knock on Your House?

“If I were a flicker, I would look at houses as big trees,” says Chris Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist.With all their knocking and rolling, flickers are an entertaining bird worth watching, but not worth losing your house for.

Maybe Green Energy Needs ‘Information Batteries' Too

Maybe Green Energy Needs ‘Information Batteries' Too

This is digital, more of a timing strategy than a real battery, aimed at getting data-hungry companies like Google, Meta, Amazon, Apple, and Netflix to use clean power when it’s plentiful so utilities can avoid burning fossil fuels when it’s not.

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking

On Thursday, as Bulletin members celebrate the clock’s 75th anniversary, they will update the time again, when it could tick slightly toward or away from the apocalypse.“The Doomsday Clock has been called the most iconic piece of graphic art of the 20th century, and I think it’s proving to be as powerful in the 21st.

Is There Really Such a Thing as Low-Carbon Beef?

Is There Really Such a Thing as Low-Carbon Beef?

To achieve its certification, Low Carbon Beef requires the meat to come in at least 10 percent below 26.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents per kilogram of carcass weight—a way of expressing greenhouse gas emissions that takes into account the different warming impacts of gases such as methane.

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

To further confuse matters, Europeans have had a tendency to label just about any game bird they encountered a “partridge.” several North and South American species are often called partridges, even though they are not.The long-tailed tree quail looks quite partridge-like.

Your Rooftop Garden Could Be a Solar-Powered Working Farm

Your Rooftop Garden Could Be a Solar-Powered Working Farm

The same concept would work up on a roof: Solar panels would provide the shade that makes plants happier and less thirsty.

The Twitter Wildfire Watcher Who Tracks California’s Blazes

The Twitter Wildfire Watcher Who Tracks California’s Blazes

Johnston is looking out at the Caldor Fire, which over the next two months will go on to burn 221,835 acres and prompt evacuations in the resort town of South Lake Tahoe.

The Science Museum Wants Their Plastic Samples. They Refused

The Science Museum Wants Their Plastic Samples. They Refused

When a curator from the Science Museum in London asked Deonie and Steve Allen whether they would like their work to be added to the museum’s permanent collection of artifacts, they jumped at the chance.

A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Works—for Dogs

A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Works—for Dogs

An experimental vaccine that could protect millions of people living in the American Southwest from valley fever —an infection caused by a soil-dwelling fungus that is difficult to treat and can cause disability and death—has passed its first test of efficacy and is moving toward federal approval, possibly within two years.

It’s Time to Delete Carbon From the Atmosphere. But How?

It’s Time to Delete Carbon From the Atmosphere. But How?

This week and next, government representatives are gathering in Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26 , the latest of an increasingly frantic string of meetings as humanity runs out of time to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Cars Are Going Electric. What Happens to the Used Batteries?

Cars Are Going Electric. What Happens to the Used Batteries?

Unlike the toaster-oven-sized lead-acid batteries inside most gas-powered vehicles, the lithium-ion battery pack inside the Bolt runs the full wheelbase of the car and weighs 960 pounds.

Seeing Red: What the Color of House Finches Can Tell Us

Seeing Red: What the Color of House Finches Can Tell Us

As an ornithologist and doctoral student at the University of Michigan, Hill began looking for a system where he could test the basic theory as to why birds evolve these “ornaments”, particularly their colorful feathers.

Climate Stress Was Getting Me Down, So I Made a Clicker Game

Climate Stress Was Getting Me Down, So I Made a Clicker Game

(Of course probability doesn't work like that; I was just trying to figure out how weird things might be getting.).Another flood will surely come, though, which means it's time to broaden our expectations.

Tree Rings Show Modern Cyclones Are the Rainiest in Centuries

Tree Rings Show Modern Cyclones Are the Rainiest in Centuries

A recent study addresses this question by using tree rings to reconstruct hundreds of years of seasonal cyclone precipitation levels.“Often, tree-ring reconstructions show us that the extreme climate we have recorded with instruments (weather stations) over the last 120 years was surpassed back in time,” Maxwell told Ars Technica.

Biden’s FCC Picks Are a ‘Dream Team’ for Broadband Advocates

Biden’s FCC Picks Are a ‘Dream Team’ for Broadband Advocates

Biden will also fill the empty Democratic slot on the commission by nominating Gigi Sohn, a longtime consumer advocate who was an FCC official during the Obama years.

Carbon-Capturing Sunglasses Offer a View of Fashion's Future

Carbon-Capturing Sunglasses Offer a View of Fashion's Future

Nike, which says 70 percent of its emissions are wrapped up in its materials, is one of many large fashion brands that have committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 percent by 2030.Herrema said the idea that would eventually lead to AirCarbon came to him while he was at Princeton in the early 2000s.

Why James Bond Doesn’t Use an iPhone

Why James Bond Doesn’t Use an iPhone

“Pegasus spyware would no doubt be used by adversaries to target James Bond if he were an iPhone user,” says Moore.

The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

To design a new potential Covid treatment, researchers at the Rosalind Franklin Institute at Oxford University took advantage of the biological quirks of an unlikely animal pair: the llama and the Syrian hamster.

Amazon’s Astro Is a Robot Without a Cause

Amazon’s Astro Is a Robot Without a Cause

Even more akin to a robot vacuum cleaner are the array of sensors in the bot: Astro is packed with “ultrasonic sensors, time-of-flight cameras, and other imaging tools that let the robot know what’s around it and where it’s going,” according to The Verge.

Making Beetles Pee Can Protect Your Garden

Making Beetles Pee Can Protect Your Garden

Give these research teams a bit more time and between pee and fear, your garden could have new tools to protect it against insect pests – without the use of indiscriminate pesticides.

Security News This Week: Even the CIA and NSA Use Ad Blockers to Stay Safe Online

Security News This Week: Even the CIA and NSA Use Ad Blockers to Stay Safe Online

Attackers who try to run malicious ads on unscrupulous ad networks or taint legitimate-looking ads can steal data or sneak malware onto your device if you click, or sometimes by exploiting web vulnerabilities.