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Svalbard's reindeer population can be severely affected by winter icing. Photo: Brage Bremset Hansen
Svalbard's reindeer population can be severely affected by winter icing. Photo: Brage Bremset Hansen


Wild Arctic Weather Causes Problems For People And Wildlife

The residents of Longyearbyen, the largest town on the Norwegian arctic island archipelago of Svalbard, remember it as the week that the weather gods caused trouble. Temperatures were ridiculously warm – and reached a maximum of nearly +8 degrees C in one location at a time when mean temperatures are normally -15 degrees C. It […]

At low current the coated LEDs emit a cozy, warm glow compared to uncoated reference LEDs. CREDIT: Hugo J. Cornelissen
At low current the coated LEDs emit a cozy, warm glow compared to uncoated reference LEDs. CREDIT: Hugo J. Cornelissen


Giving LEDs A Cozy, Warm Glow

When the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded this October to three Japanese-born scientists for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs), the prize committee declared LED lamps would light the 21st century. Now researchers from the Netherlands have found a novel way to ensure the lights of the future not only are […]

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Is Grass-Fed Really Greener? Beef Production In The Americas – Analysis

By Maria Alicia Nuñez In the Americas, three nations prevail as leading consumers and producers of beef: the United States, Brazil, and Argentina. From burgers to filet mignon, beef is often considered a staple food, even a delicacy. Its consumption is deeply ingrained in some cultures, but only a few understand the impact of industrial […]

Screenshot of Russian sky.
Screenshot of Russian sky.


Meteor #2? Massive Flash Stuns Russian Residents – (Video)

An extraordinary bright orange flash has lit up the sky in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region in the Urals. While locals captured the massive ‘blast’ on numerous cameras, both scientists and emergency services still struggle to explain the unusual event. Dark evening skies in the town of Rezh in Sverdlovsk region near Russia’s Ekaterinburg turned bright orange […]

Skeleton and reconstruction of the La Ferrassie 1 Neanderthal man from the National Museum of Nature and Science. Photo by Photaro, Wikipedia Commons.
Skeleton and reconstruction of the La Ferrassie 1 Neanderthal man from the National Museum of Nature and Science. Photo by Photaro, Wikipedia Commons.


Neanderthals Not Sub-Species Of Modern Humans, According To Research

In an extensive, multi-institution study led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, researchers have identified new evidence supporting the growing belief that Neanderthals were a distinct species separate from modern humans (Homo sapiens), and not a subspecies of modern humans. The study looked at the entire nasal complex of Neanderthals and involved researchers with diverse academic […]

The Sarychev Peak Volcano, on Matua Island, erupted on June 12, 2009. New research shows that eruptions of this size may contribute more to the recent lull in global temperature increases than previously thought. Credit: NASA


Small Volcanic Eruptions Could Be Slowing Global Warming

Small volcanic eruptions might eject more of an atmosphere-cooling gas into Earth’s upper atmosphere than previously thought, potentially contributing to the recent slowdown in global warming, according to a new study. Scientists have long known that volcanoes can cool the atmosphere, mainly by means of sulfur dioxide gas that eruptions expel. Droplets of sulfuric acid […]