Latest Biosphere Stories

2008-07-12 06:00:11

By Aaron Mackey, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jul. 12--UA officials at Biosphere 2 are working to mold the site of the controversial experiment into a premier scientific hub that gives the public unprecedented access to climate and ecological research. After taking over the glass and steel structure a year ago, University of Arizona officials have sought to establish the Biosphere as both a tourist attraction and a serious lab, where scientists from around the world can collaborate on...

2008-06-17 15:00:00

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - This summer, Environment Canada's Biosphere is pleased to present a very special programming that allows members of the general public to have unique experiences and discover how to reduce their environmental footprint. For the first time, visitors can tour the Ecoological House, a solar house, play the giant Get in Green Gear game on sustainable transport and take the GeoTour 67 interactive walking tour using GPS. The Ecoological House For...

2007-06-05 18:00:00

TUCSON, ARIZ. - The landmark glass terrarium known as Biosphere 2, which was built as a self-sustaining environment for humans 20 years ago, and the 1,650 acres surrounding the research site were sold to a home developer for $50 million. Texas billionaire Ed Bass spent more than $200 million building Biosphere 2 near Oracle. The site attracted global attention in 1991, when eight people were sealed inside to conduct a two-year experiment in self-sufficiency. The buyer, CDO Ranching &...

2006-11-13 10:30:00

Two recent discoveries in astrobiology challenge many of our assumptions about an integrated biological community on Earth. At the microbial level, it seems that there may be previously hidden biospheres that exist on Earth alongside our more familiar neighbors. One such community has been found deeply buried underground, while the other lives in the sea alongside more familiar life forms. Potentially among the most important recent discoveries in astrobiology is the finding of deeply buried...

2006-05-25 07:20:00

By Mica Rosenberg CRUCE A LA COLORADA, Guatemala -- The ancient Mayans abandoned their monumental cities in Central America's jungles over a thousand years ago, and many blame their civilization's collapse on massive deforestation. In the following centuries, a wildlife-rich forest regrew in Guatemala, now home to one of the largest tropical rainforests north of the Amazon. But modern Guatemalans are now watching a repeat of their ancestors' mistakes, as slash and burn tactics by illegal...

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2014-01-12 00:00:00

Earth science (or geoscience) is the science of the planet Earth. Earth science can be broken down into four major disciplines, which are: geography, geology, geophysics, and geodesy. These disciplines use physics, chemistry, biology, chronology and mathematics to arrive to a greater understanding of the principal areas of the Earth system. Since Earth is the only known life-bearing planet, Earth science is solely dedicated to the geophysical makeup of our own planet. One discipline,...

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Word of the Day
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.