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neanderthals volcano
2015-03-23 16:09:46

Scientists have been debating for a long time the significance of the eruption of the Italian volcano Companian Ignimbrite 40,000 years ago in the ultimate extinction of Neanderthals, with some arguing that perhaps it didn’t contribute to the Neanderthals’ demise at all.

fatty acids
2015-03-23 14:31:23

The first “wet chemistry” experiment conducted by NASA’s Curiosity rover may have found evidence of long-chain carboxylic acid, a fatty acid that could be the latest organic molecule to be discovered on Mars, researchers from the US space agency have revealed.

2015-03-23 12:25:28

HOUSTON, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study on the effects of lifting the 40-year-old export ban on U.S.

2015-03-23 12:25:09

Pilot program informs cost-effective methods in building super-efficient homes SEATTLE, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- An innovative home performance pilot program is increasing insight

2015-03-23 12:24:51

HOUSTON, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Indoor Harvest, Corp.

2015-03-22 23:01:22

There is only one event where teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers, students, and those interested in space exploration will be able to

NewHorizons_Jup-browse
2015-03-22 15:27:39

Pluto is finally getting some recognition as New Horizons plans to reach it this summer. But what's next for the spacecraft?

ThinkstockPhotos-465987971
2015-03-22 13:43:48

Who woulda thunk it? Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries!

ThinkstockPhotos-478138425
2015-03-22 12:50:33

Waste management is a huge issue around the world, so companies have been marketing additives to speed up the biodegrading process. But what happens when these don't work?


Latest Environment Reference Libraries

Ipomopsis polyantha
2014-12-13 15:16:45

Ipomopsis polyantha is a flowering plant species. The species may also be commonly referred to as Pagosa skyrocket and Archuleta County standing-cypress. The plant is a member of the Polemoniaceae family. I. polyantha can be found growing naturally only in the United States, specifically in Colorado. It can be found in one county, Archuleta County. It is found only in Ponderosa pine and oak forests, growing in soil derived from Mancos Shale. As recently as 2011, the plant was listed as...

Ipomopsis aggregata
2014-12-13 14:49:47

Ipomopsis aggregata is a flowering plant species. The plant’s Latin scientific name, “Ipomopsis”, means similar to Ipomoea or Morning Glories, referencing the species similarities. The species may also be commonly referred to as the Scarlet Gilia, Scarlet trumpet and Skyrocket. I. aggregata is indigenous to western North America. It can be found growing from British Columbia all the way south to Mexico. Ipomopsis aggregata is a member of the Polemoniaceae family. Ipomopsis aggregata...

Elingamita
2014-12-13 14:45:59

Elingamita is a genus consisting of one single tree/shrub species. The single species is the Elingamita johnsonii plant. Elingamita is a member of the Myrsinaceae family. Elingamita johnsonii plants can be found growing naturally only on the Three Kings Islands of New Zealand. The plant may grow as a small tree or as a shrub in forest and coastal scrub habitats. Due to the species limited areas of growth the genus is vulnerable to extinction due to fire or unforeseen events. Elingamita...

Laysan Rail, Porzana palmeri
2014-12-09 12:15:35

The Laysan Rail or Laysan Crake (Porzana palmeri) was a flightless bird native to the Northwest Hawaiian Island of Laysan. This small island was, and still is, an important seabird colony, and sustained numerous native species, including the rail. It became extinct because of habitat loss and by domestic rabbits, and eventually, World War II. Its scientific name is in honor of Henry Palmer, who collected in the Hawaiian Islands for Walter Rothschild. It was a rather small bird, measuring...

Hawaiian Rail, Porzana sandwichensis
2014-12-09 12:12:23

The Hawaiian Rail (Porzana sandwichensis), known also as the Hawaiian Crake or the Hawaiian Spotted Rail, was a rather enigmatic species of minuscule rail that resided on Big Island of Hawaii, but is currently extinct. A dark form and a lighter form are known. There is considerable confusion by the existence of two distinct forms. While it can’t be completely excluded that early specimens were collected on another island, only O’ahu and Kaua’I seem plausible given the history of...

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