(Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suarez) Late last year, I wrote to you about how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took actions that placed state shark fin bans in jeopardy. These bans, which close down the market for imported shark fins, are incredibly important to halting the finning and capture of tens of millions of sharks each year.
The developmental cycles of early Cambrian Olivooidae fam. nov. (?Cycloneuralia) from the Yangtze Platform (China)Authors:Steiner et alAbstract:Eggs, embryos, and hatchlings of olivooids are common and distinctive components of the earliest...Show More Summary
The realization that mitigation efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions have, until now, been relatively ineffective has led to an increasing interest in climate engineering as a possible means of preventing the potentially catastrophic consequences of climate change. Show More Summary
The world’s oceans are rapidly changing in response to human activities. Carbon emissions are causing the warming of oceans, loss of sea ice, and what is now a new hot topic—ocean acidification. About one-third of carbon emitted into the atmosphere is absorbed by ocean water. This ultimately results in increasing acidity and decreasing availability of […]
Ocean acidification is sometimes called “climate change’s equally evil twin,” and for good reason: it’s a significant and harmful consequence of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that we don’t see or feel because its effects are happening underwater. At least one-quarter of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released by burning coal, oil and gas doesn’t […]
Russia will start construction on eight nuclear-powered submarines in 2014-2015, according to the chief of Sevmash.In 2015, Russia will lay the first sections of two Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) and...Show More Summary
I think we ought to rename Putin into Drama King. Or Worm Tongue. Take your pick. Developments since before. The Russians have effective control of Crimea. A twerp of an admiral defected after he was surrounded for a whole day! The Ukrainian troops on the ground there have some serious cojones. Show More Summary
Russian government hackers are suspected of creating a highly-sophisticated piece of malware designed to steal files from nation states’ digital infrastructure.The Uroburos malware, named after an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or...Show More Summary
Who What When Where Nick Lewis, an unaffiliated self described climate scientist, and a journalist, Marcel Crok, also unaffiliated, are known climate science denailists. The two of them have an objection to the the Internal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conclusions regarding an important thing called “Climate Sensitivity.” Perhaps unable to get their work in…
The problem, of course, is that airships capable of these missions have not yet been built. Most of the well-funded development has come from the military for long duration surveillance missions. But with the end of the wars in IraqShow More Summary
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Very nice piece on MSNBC’s The Reid Report. Spread this around. Nice job, Michael Mann and Bill Nye.
A new stable isotope record of Neogene paleoenvironments and mammalian paleoecologies in the western Great Plains during the expansion of C4 grasslandsAuthors:Kita et alAbstract:Stable isotopes in horse teeth from the North AmericanShow More Summary
What do some high-end golf clubs and your living room window have in common? The answer is glass, but in the golf clubs' case it's a specialized glass product, called metallic glass, with the ability to be bent considerably and spring back into its original form. Show More Summary
New evidence establishes for the first time that Cahokia, a sprawling, pre-Columbian city situated at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, hosted a sizable population of immigrants.Cahokia was an early experiment in urban life, said Thomas Emerson, who led the new analysis. Show More Summary
The vertebrates of the Jurassic Daohugou Biota of northeastern ChinaAuthors:Sullivan et alAbstract:The Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of northeastern China has become famous over the last two decades as a source of feathered avialan and non-avialan theropods, preserved alongside an array of other fossil vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. Show More Summary
There are few different, related, ways in which climate change, including anthropogenic global warming, can cause extreme weather events. One is that climate zones move. This may result in “normal” weather for a different location occurring elsewhere. For example, if southern warm air system shift north, than the frequency of low and high temperatures, and…
Marine tetrapod macroevolution: Physical and biological drivers on 250 million years of invasions and evolution in ocean ecosystemsAuthors:Pyenson et alAbstract:The dominant consumers in today’s ocean ecosystems are marine mammals, including cetaceans, sirenians, and pinnipeds, and other marine carnivorans. Show More Summary
Complex Species Status for Extinct Moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) from the Genus Euryapteryx. Huynen, L. and D.M. Lambert. PLoS ONE 9(3): e90212. DNA barcoding shows that two species were likely to have existed in the genus Euryapteryx,...Show More Summary