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New research to help reduce number of algae blooms that form annually

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:16:44 EST ~ A new study shows that sampling headwaters where streams form can identify which landscapes are resilient enough to handle the rigors of farming and which are vulnerable to leaching toxic residue into waterways. Find out more...

Coping with climate stress in Antarctica

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:16:40 EST ~ Some Antarctic fish living in the planet's coldest waters are able to cope with the stress of rising carbon dioxide levels the ocean. They can even tolerate slightly warmer waters. But they can't deal with both climate change stressors at the same time, according to a new study. Find out more...

California sea lion population rebounded to new highs

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:50:03 EST ~ California sea lions have fully rebounded under the protection of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, with their population on the West Coast reaching carrying capacity in 2008 before unusually warm ocean conditions reduced their numbers, according to the first comprehensive population assessment of the species. Find out more...

No-fishing zones help endangered penguins

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:25:17 EST ~ Small no-fishing zones around colonies of African penguins can help this struggling species, new research shows. Find out more...

Great scat! Bears -- not birds -- are the chief seed dispersers in Alaska

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:12:59 EST ~ In southeastern Alaska, brown and black bears are plentiful because of salmon. Their abundance also means they are the primary seed dispersers of berry-producing shrubs, according to a new study. Find out more...

Europe's lost forests: Coverage has halved over 6,000 years

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:11:21 EST ~ Research shows more than half of the forests across Europe have been lost over the past 6,000 years. Find out more...

Robots aid better understanding of phytoplankton blooms

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:42:31 EST ~ Phytoplankton blooms are one of the most important factors contributing to the efficiency of the carbon pump in the North Atlantic Ocean. To better understand this phenomenon, researchers have developed a new class of robots able to collect data in the ocean throughout the year. Using these unparalleled data, the researchers have identified the starting point for the explosive spring phytoplankton bloom. Find out more...

Sanchi oil spill contamination could take three months to reach mainland

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:37:33 EST ~ Water contaminated by the oil currently leaking into the ocean from the Sanchi tanker collision is likely to take at least three months to reach land, and if it does the Korean coast is the most likely location. However, the oil's fate is highly uncertain, as it may burn, evaporate, or mix into the surface ocean and contaminate the environment for an extended duration. Find out more...

Species identification in the water bottle

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:51:08 EST ~ Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect water organisms without having to capture them first. For the first time, researchers systematically investigated the effect of various environmental factors on environmental DNA analyses. By doing so, the researchers have made an important step towards the standardized application of this method for the monitoring of water bodies. Find out more...

Solving Darwin's 'abominable mystery': How flowering plants conquered the world

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:17:49 EST ~ Researchers have found that flowering plants have small cells relative to other major plant groups, made possible by a greatly reduced genome size, and this may explain how they became dominant so rapidly in ecosystems across the world. Find out more...