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The Tyranny of Taphonomy

I have been watching this deer to collect its skull and antlers since it was first hit by a car. With the rains first coming, I stopped checking on its decay/readiness to pick up. Alas, it seems someone or something did a highlander and took the head. Show More Summary

Two whales killed by sole fish stuck in their blowholes

Pilot whales spotted last year off the UK coast may have had to change their diet – which meant choking to death for two later found on the Dutch coast

Important Thanksgiving Information

First and foremost, depending on when you are reading this, TAKE THE TURKEY OUT OF THE FREEZER. But seriously, Thanksgiving is, to me, one of the more interesting holidays. It is a “feast.” You knew that already, but what you may not have known is that “feasting” is a human activity found world wide and…

Russia's Most Syrian Adventure #39

The news blowing up the wires, is Turkey shot down an Su-24. The aircraft violated its airspace and the Turks, having warned the Russians before, took out the aircraft. In fact, the Turks apparently warned the pilot ten times before F-16s shot it down. Show More Summary

Great Oxygenation Event had a Precedessor 100 Million Years Earlier

Earth scientists from the University of Alberta, University of Waterloo, Arizona State University, University of California Riverside, and Georgia Institute of Technology have found evidence that Earth's transition to a permanently oxygenated...Show More Summary

Koalas’ love of sex with neighbours protects against inbreeding

Despite population bottlenecks, it looks like koalas get around enough to avoid inbreeding, according to genome analysis from across the marsupial's range

Here’s my nuptial gift, a dead planthopper – now can we mate?

Male wingless scorpionflies present nuptial food gifts to females in order to secure copulation, but was this female impressed by the male's package?

Effects of elevated CO2 on early life history development of the yellowtail kingfish, Seriola lalandi, a large pelagic fish

An increasing number of studies have examined the effects of elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) and ocean acidification on marine fish, yet little is known about the effects on large pelagic fish. We tested the effects of elevated CO2 on the early life history development and behaviour of yellowtail kingfish, Seriola lalandi. Eggs and larvae were […]

Bacterioplankton community resilience to ocean acidification: evidence from microbial network analysis

Ocean acidification (OA), caused by seawater CO2 uptake, has significant impacts on marine calcifying organisms and phototrophs. However, the response of bacterial communities, who play a crucial role in marine biogeochemical cycling, to OA is still not well understood. Show More Summary

Marine microzooplankton are indirectly affected by ocean acidification through direct effects on their phytoplankton prey

To date there is little evidence to suggest that marine microzooplankton are directly affected by ocean acidification (OA), and few studies have explored indirect effects of OA on microzooplankton. Microzooplankton grazing behavior is...Show More Summary

Temperature control and carbonate system manipulation in a land-based mesocosm experiment

Warming and acidification of the oceans are two major drivers of climate change. Mesocosm facilities are a powerful tool for studying the impact of warming and acidification on planktonic ecosystems. This study presents one of the few existing systems for controlling temperature in outdoor mesocosm enclosures. Two temperature targets (25, 28°C) were maintained with very […]

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As stated this weekend, someone blew up the power infrastructure for Crimea. Power has been down by and large across the Peninsula. There has been a question as to what exactly happened. Some reports suggest an explosion in the Russian occupied zone. Show More Summary

Genetic Matieral From Ancient Viral Infections is Critical to Human Embryo Development

Genetic material from ancient viral infections is critical to human development, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.They've identified several noncoding RNA molecules of viral origins that are necessary...Show More Summary

Climate Influences Sediments From High Altitude Sources

In a new paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), San Francisco State University Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences Leonard Sklar and colleagues show how two established geochemical...Show More Summary

Could Mars Form Lakes of Water NOW?!

Despite its frigid temperatures, Mars might be able to host lakes of water on its surface today, a new study suggests.Although extremely small amounts of water would quickly evaporate in Mars' low-pressure atmosphere, water from sources...Show More Summary

NASA Funds 3 Different Companies to Develop Ion Drives for Deep Space

NASA has awarded contracts to three American propulsion companies to aid the U.S. federal space agency with the development of advanced deep-space Electric Propulsion systems – including VASIMR – needed to one day transport astronauts to destinations beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO). link.

China Retiring Type 89 120mm Assault Guns

After 24 years of service, the PLA is now starting to decommission its 120mm Assault Gun fleet, the Type89. Unlike other Chinese AFV, The type89 is the only one of its kind with a NATO 120mm smoothbore main gun which is somewhat of a logistic nightmare to support. The standard PLA caliber is the 125mm in common with the Russian practice. link.

Take a deep breath. Now another. One of those two lungfuls of...

Take a deep breath. Now another. One of those two lungfuls of air was provided by phytoplankton, which produce at least 50% of Earth’s oxygen. This Thanksgiving we’re giving props to the ocean for everything it gives us. Thanks, Oce...

USS Kearsarge Acts as Jeep Carrier, AV-8B Harriers Conduct Airstrikes on Daesh/Islamic State

Naval Aviation rejoined the fight against ISIL Nov. 19 when AV-8B Harriers from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM)162(Reinforced)launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to conduct their first missions over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). link.

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