ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: What evolved first, a dexterous hand or an agile foot?

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News   What evolved first, a dexterous hand or an agile foot? Posted: 06 Oct 2013 05:41 PM PDT Resolving a long-standing mystery in human evolution, new research indicates that early hominids developed finger dexterity and tool use ability before the development of bipedal locomotion. Salt-tolerant bacteria …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Three new species of tiny frogs from the remarkable region of Papua New Guinea

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News   Three new species of tiny frogs from the remarkable region of Papua New Guinea Posted: 20 Sep 2013 08:14 AM PDT Following the description of the world’s smallest frogs, biologists now offer three more species of tiny amphibians from the region of Papua New Guinea. …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Stronger winds may explain puzzling growth of sea ice in Antarctica, model shows

  ScienceDaily: Top Environment News       Stronger winds may explain puzzling growth of sea ice in Antarctica, model shows Posted: 17 Sep 2013 09:19 PM PDT Much attention is paid to melting sea ice in the Arctic. But less clear is the situation on the other side of …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Earth’s wobble ‘fixes’ dinner for marine organisms

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News   Earth’s wobble ‘fixes’ dinner for marine organisms Posted: 13 Sep 2013 04:51 PM PDT The cyclic wobble of the Earth on its axis controls the production of a nutrient essential to the health of the ocean, according to a new study. The discovery of factors …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News New camouflage coating fabricated from squid protein

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News   New camouflage coating fabricated from squid protein Posted: 09 Sep 2013 02:22 PM PDT What can the US military learn from a common squid? A lot about how to hide from enemies, according to researchers. Butterfly wings inspire new technologies: From fabrics and cosmetics to …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Climate change will upset vital ocean chemical cycles

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News Climate change will upset vital ocean chemical cycles Posted: 08 Sep 2013 10:57 AM PDT New research shows that rising ocean temperatures will upset natural cycles of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and phosphorus. Plankton plays an important role in the ocean’s carbon cycle by removing half of …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: NASA data reveals mega-canyon under Greenland ice sheet

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News   ·          NASA data reveals mega-canyon under Greenland ice sheet Posted: 29 Aug 2013 11:16 AM PDT Data from a NASA airborne science mission reveals evidence of a large and previously unknown canyon hidden under a mile of Greenland ice. The canyon has the characteristics of …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Computer simulations indicate calcium carbonate has a dense liquid phase

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News   Computer simulations indicate calcium carbonate has a dense liquid phase Posted: 22 Aug 2013 12:22 PM PDT Computer simulations could help scientists make sense of a recently observed and puzzling wrinkle in one of nature’s most important chemical processes. It turns out that calcium carbonate …

ScienceDaily: New approach to reveal function of Greenland’s ice sheet

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News New approach to reveal function of Greenland’s ice sheet Posted: 15 Aug 2013 01:15 PM PDT Findings from a large-scale ice drilling study on the Greenland ice sheet may revise the models used to predict how ice sheets move. Slow earthquakes may foretell larger events Posted: …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Deep Earth heat surprise: New findings on how heat is conducted in the deep lower mantle

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News   Deep Earth heat surprise: New findings on how heat is conducted in the deep lower mantle Posted: 09 Aug 2013 05:41 AM PDT Researchers have for the first time experimentally mimicked the pressure conditions of Earths’ deep mantle to measure thermal conductivity using a new …