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Our tufted puffins now have their summer breeding plumage!...

Our tufted puffins now have their summer breeding plumage! Summer fashion for tufted puffins includes bright orange bill plates and feet, a white “mask” across the eyes, and of course, golden “tufts” of feathers on the head!

US Army Desperately Needs Future Vertical Lift for Pacific Theater

The deputy commander of US Pacific Command says the Army must field next-generation aircraft with greater range, speed and survivability than is achievable with today’s helicopter inventory.Lt Gen Tony Crutchfield says the vast distances...Show More Summary

Moon jellies may drift with the currents, but they know...

Moon jellies may drift with the currents, but they know what’s up. Flower-like structures in notches along the bell—called rhopalia—feel the pull of gravity and help this jelly orient itself in a topsy-turvy world.

US Army Testing Lasers, Railguns in Exercise at Fort Sill

A swarm of experts from across the nation assembled for a two-week experiment at Fort Sill trying out systems with the potential to provide service members with unlimited weapons capabilities. The event, called Maneuver Fires Integrated...Show More Summary

Carbon Isotope Disturbances Across the Smithian/Spathian Triassic Boundary in Vietnam

Carbon isotopic excursions and detailed ammonoid and conodont biostratigraphies around Smithian–Spathian boundary in the Bac Thuy Formation, VietnamAuthors:Komatsu et alAbstract:The Smithian–Spathian boundary is indicated by the first occurrence of the ammonoid Tirolites cf. Show More Summary

A Rapetosaurus Titanosaur Sauropod Lived Fast, Died Young in Cretaceous Madagascar

Precocity in a tiny titanosaur from the Cretaceous of MadagascarAuthors:Rogers et alAbstract:Sauropod dinosaurs exhibit the largest ontogenetic size range among terrestrial vertebrates, but a dearth of very young individuals has hindered understanding of the beginning of their growth trajectory. Show More Summary

Abdalodon diastematicus: a new Cynodont From Upper Permian South Africa

A new taxon of cynodont from the Tropidostoma Assemblage Zone (upper Permian) of South Africa, and the early evolution of CynodontiaAuthor:KammererAbstract:A new taxon of early cynodont, Abdalodon diastematicus gen. et sp. nov., is described. Show More Summary

Was an Impact the Source of a Hadrean Zircon?

Differentiated impact melt sheets may be a potential source of Hadean detrital zircon Authors: Kenny et al Abstract: Constraining the origin and history of very ancient detrital zircons has unique potential for furthering our knowledge of Earth's very early crust and Hadean geodynamics. Show More Summary

China's Manuacturing Grew More Slowly Than Expected

China's manufacturing activity was weaker than expected in April, according to a survey by an industry group.The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing says its purchasing managers' index declined to 50.1 in April from the previous month's 50.2 on a 100-point scale. Numbers above 50 indicate activity is expanding. link.

A New Late Cretaceous Titanosaur from Patagonia

Sarmientosaurus musacchioi – A “Drop Head” Dinosaur The beautifully preserved skull of a new type of Titanosaur is helping scientists to understand the evolution of these herbivorous dinosaurs.  Titanosaur skull fossils are exceptionally...Show More Summary

A Proposed Strategic Roadmap for Exploring Enceladus

Strategic map for exploring the ocean-world EnceladusAuthor:Sherwood Abstract:Among the many “ocean worlds” of our solar system, Enceladus appears unique in its combination of astrobiologically relevant and exploration-worthy attributes:...Show More Summary

Evidence of a Varying Environment on Mars Based on Comparisons to Rio Tinto, Spain

Orbital evidence for clay and acidic sulfate assemblages on Mars based on mineralogical analogs from Rio Tinto, SpainAuthors:Kaplan et alAbstract:Outcrops of hydrated minerals are widespread across the surface of Mars, with clay minerals and sulfates being commonly identified phases. Show More Summary

NASA Seeking Proposals for Deep Space Habitat

NASA is soliciting proposals for the development of prototypes for deep space habitats that will give astronauts a place to call home during long-duration missions supporting the agency’s Journey to Mars.The solicitation, Next SpaceShow More Summary

First Future Vertical Lift VTOL Will be the Medium Class

The first Future Vertical Lift aircraft to be fielded by the Army will come in the medium-lift category, where attack and cargo lift helicopters reside, Maj. Gen. William Gayler, the new Army Aviation Center of Excellence commander at...Show More Summary

AVX Reveals Future Vertical Lift Class One Proposal

AVX Aircraft of Benbrook, Texas has responded to the US Army’s request for information on the smallest of five planned Future Vertical Lift (FVL) capability sets with two 7.5t (16,700lb) winged coaxial compound helicopter configurations...Show More Summary

What's Beneath West Antarctica's Ice Sheet?

Three recent publications by early career researchers at three different institutions across the country provide the first look into the biogeochemistry, geophysics and geology of Subglacial Lake Whillans, which lies 800 meters (2,600...Show More Summary

Remains of Miocene Neogene Hominoid Nacholapithecus kerioi From Northern Kenya

Sacral vertebral remains of the Middle Miocene hominoid Nacholapithecus kerioi from northern KenyaAuthors:Kakuchi et alAbstract:This study describes two new sacral specimens of Nacholapithecus kerioi, KNM-BG 42753I and KNM-BG 47687A, from the Aka Aiteputh Formation in Nachola, northern Kenya, excavated in 2002. Show More Summary

4-30-16 Breaching Baby Humpback

Saturday, April 30th...the last several days in April......the T65As and T65Bs (2 sisters and their offspring) were in Rosario Strait almost to the Annacortes Ferry Terminal on the 27th......the next day not seen and the next day, April...Show More Summary

Mark Witton on Pterosaur Rhamphorhynchus

The Late Jurassic, Solnhofen Formation pterosaur Rhamphorhynchus muensteri is an exceptional flying reptile. We tend to overlook it a bit now - it's been known for almost two centuries, which is long enough to temper enthusiasm for any fossil species - but it's a remarkable animal for a number of reasons. Show More Summary

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