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More hurricanes for Hawaii?

Posted: 05 May 2013 11:59 AM PDT

Hawaii, fortunately, has been largely free from hurricanes, only two having made landfall in more than 30 years. Now a new study shows that Hawaii could see a two-to-three-fold increase in tropical cyclones by the last quarter of this century.

As climate changes, boreal forests to shift north and relinquish more carbon than expected

Posted: 05 May 2013 11:59 AM PDT

New research maps how Earth’s myriad climates — and the ecosystems that depend on them — could move from one area to another as global temperatures rise. The approach foresees big changes for one of the planet’s great carbon sponges. Boreal forests will likely shift north at a steady clip this century. Along the way, the vegetation will relinquish more trapped carbon than most current climate models predict.

New cost-effective genome assembly process

Posted: 05 May 2013 11:59 AM PDT

Genome assembly, the molecular equivalent of trying to put together a multi-million piece jigsaw puzzle without knowing what the picture on the cover of the box is, remains challenging due to the very large number of very small pieces, which must be assembled using current approaches. New research has resulted in an improved and fully automated workflow for genome assembly.

Brighter clouds, cooler climate? Organic vapors affect clouds, leading to previously unidentified climate cooling

Posted: 05 May 2013 11:58 AM PDT

Scientists have shown that natural emissions and humanmade pollutants can both have an unexpected cooling effect on Earth’s climate by making clouds brighter.

Global highways of invasive marine species calculated

Posted: 05 May 2013 04:37 AM PDT

New research has mapped the most detailed forecast to date for importing potentially harmful invasive species with the ballast water of cargo ships.