ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Sea level variations escalating along eastern Gulf of Mexico coast

Jay Owen Earth Systems Science


ScienceDaily: Top Environment News


Sea level variations escalating along eastern Gulf of Mexico coast

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 01:55 PM PST

Around the globe, sea levels typically rise a little in summer and fall again in winter. Now, a new study shows that, from the Florida Keys to southern Alabama, those fluctuations have been intensifying over the past 20 years.

Modeling buildings by the millions: Building codes in China tested for energy savings

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 10:50 AM PST

china can build its way to a more energy efficient future — one house, apartment and retail store at a time — by improving the rules regulating these structures, according to a new study. Scientists have created a unique model that projects how much energy can be saved with changes to China’s building energy codes.


Large, deep magma chamber discovered below Kilauea volcano: Largely unknown internal plumbing of volcanoes

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 08:49 AM PST

A new study has uncovered a previously unknown magma chamber deep below the most active volcano in the world — Kilauea. This is the first geophysical observation that large magma chambers exist in the deeper parts of the volcano system.

Glass that bends but doesn’t break: Natural forms inspire researchers to develop a technique to make glass less brittle

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 08:45 AM PST

Scientists have successfully taken inspiration from the mechanics of natural structures like seashells in order to significantly increase the toughness of glass.

Warmer winters may be pushing raptors northward

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 08:44 AM PST

Research shows that several raptor species appear to be responding to warmer winters by shortening their annual migration by as much as seven or eight kilometers (four to five miles) per year.

Designer proteins provide new information about body’s signal processes

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 04:59 AM PST

Researchers can radically alter the properties of proteins by redesigning their chemical structure. New fundamental research based on designer proteins highlights important communication processes in the human body. In the long term, this new knowledge may lead to pharmaceuticals with fewer side effects.

Scientists find new strategy to combat bacterial infections

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 04:58 AM PST

Increasing numbers of bacteria are developing antibiotic resistance. This forms a significant challenge in the battle against bacterial infections. Scientists have identified a chemical substance with the potential of acting as a new drug to treat bacterial infections, particularly urinary tract infections. This candidate drug does not destroy pathogenic bacteria, but rather disarms them. The benefit of this new strategy is that useful bacteria are unharmed and there is a lower risk of the development and spread of resistance by bacteria.

Protein synthesis and the element of chance

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 04:58 AM PST

In the process of protein synthesis there is a “stochastic” component, i.e., involving random chance, which influences the time the process takes. This aspect has been investigated by two research scientists.

New online platform gives public opportunities to shape future of NYC

Posted: 28 Jan 2014 12:38 PM PST

A new online tool developed by the Wildlife Conservation Society will enable new yorkers to develop and share sustainable visions of New York City’s future, making it possible for the public to virtually plan their city block by block.