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younger dryas impact evidence
2014-09-15 03:30:48

Emily Murphy, University of Chicago Press A new study published in The Journal of Geology provides support for the theory that a cosmic impact event over North America some 13,000 years ago caused a major period of climate change known as the Younger Dryas stadial, or “Big Freeze.” Around 12,800 years ago, a sudden, catastrophic event plunged much of the Earth into a period of cold climatic conditions and drought. This drastic climate change — the Younger Dryas — coincided with...

Peregrine Falcon recovery
2014-09-15 03:05:25

Ecological Society of America Datasets from long-running volunteer survey programs, calibrated with data from sporadic intensive monitoring efforts, have allowed ecologists to track the recovery of peregrine falcons in California and evaluate the effectiveness of a predictive model popular in the management of threatened species. In recovery from the deadly legacy of DDT, American peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus anatum) faced new uncertainty in 1992, when biologists proposed to stop...

leopard
2014-09-15 03:00:14

Stephen Sautner, Wildlife Conservation Society In India's human dominated landscapes, the number 1 prey for leopards is man's best friend A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society reveals that in India's human dominated agricultural landscapes, where leopards prowl at night, it's not livestock that's primarily on the menu – it is man's best friend. The study, which looked at scat samples for leopards in India's Ahmednagar's district in Maharashtra, found that 87 percent...

Great Barrier Reef Shark Populations Impacted By Coral Health And No-fishing Zones
2014-09-15 03:50:53

PLOS Sharks in no-fishing zones in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Marine Park are more abundant when the coral is healthy, according to a study published September 10, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Mario Espinoza from James Cook University, Australia and colleagues. Shark species that use coral reefs may be under pressure from fishing, habitat degradation, and climate change. The authors of this study were interested in understanding the factors that affect the distribution...

earth atmosphere
2014-09-15 03:00:58

Jessica Nimon, International Space Station Program Science Office/NASA's Johnson Space Center We all know that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? But sometimes what’s outside can be just as important. At least that’s the case with the International Space Station (ISS) and the collection of external instruments soon to join those already operating in orbit. Moving at 17,500 miles per hour and operating around 240 miles above Earth, the space station circles at a 51.6...

2014-09-15 08:35:42

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hikvision USA, a multiple award-winning North American leader in innovative video surveillance technology products and solutions, joined with Earthworks Farm, a work-training and educational urban farm in Los Angeles County, to promote healthy lifestyle choices to the local community. A team of volunteers from Hikvision, along with Earthworks farmers, used organic farming as a framework to support young people in the community...

2014-09-15 08:33:34

TEL AVIV, September 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- - AutoAgronom Won the Cleantech Open Israel Competition The CleanTech Open Global Ideas Competition is the world's largest green technology competition, and it takes place in the same time in 23 countries. The competition is designed for companies that raised no more than one million dollars, that have a technology / product breakthrough in one of the following areas: energy generation, energy efficiency, water and waste,...

2014-09-15 08:31:14

-The first net-zero home from the Renew Collection is under construction months after line was launched - ASHEVILLE, N.C., Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Deltec Homes, a leading provider of prefabricated energy efficient homes, delivered the first net-zero home from their Renew Collection. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140910/145245 Dr. Marie DeVerneil, a professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, first discovered the company in 2012, but it was the launch...

2014-09-15 08:23:54

- Gov. Terry McAuliffe supports clean energy project RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Virginia Power announced today that it has selected Capital One's Chester facility to house the first ground-mounted solar energy system in Central Virginia. The installation of nearly 2,500 solar panels will generate about 500 kilowatts of electricity at peak, enough to power about 125 homes. "We are pleased to partner with Capital One in expanding solar energy in the...

2014-09-15 08:23:52

REARDAN, Wash., Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Rhizoterra Field Day that was recently held at Rhizoterra's Research Farm near Reardan, WA, world renowned soil health scientist, Dr. Jill Clapperton, shared results of research trials regarding COMPELL natural compost pellets. The field day was attended by key growers and farm managers, conservation district representatives, crop consultants, and representatives from local universities. The Rhizoterra Farm in Eastern Washington (at...


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Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog, Rana boylii
2014-09-16 08:43:34

The Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana boylii) is a small frog measuring about 1.46 to 3.2 inches. It belongs to the genus Rana within the Ranidae family. This species can be found from northern Oregon, down California’s west coast, and into Baja California, Mexico. Both the Columbia Spotted Frog and the Cascades Frog, also part of the Rana genus, reside in the northern regions of this frog’s territory. They show a preference for living in streams and rivers, and lay their eggs in masses...

Rio Grande Leopard Frog, Rana berlandieri
2014-09-16 08:16:44

The Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) is a species of aquatic frog that is native to the southern United States in Texas and New Mexico, and south through Mexico and Central America. It is also occasionally referred to as the Mexican Leopard Frog. The handle berlandieri honors the Belgian naturalist Jean Louis Berlandier, who worked for the Mexican government on one of the first biological surveys of Texas. These frogs grow up to 2.2 to 4.5 inches long. They are normally tan,...

Kihansi Spray Toad, Nectophrynoides Asperginis
2014-09-15 16:37:21

The Kihansi Spray Toad, Nectophrynoides Asperginis, is a yellowish colored dwarf toad. The females can reach up to 1.1 inches long and the males can reach up to .75 inches long. This ovoviviparous species was described scientifically in the year 1999. It was found only in the spray zone around the Kihansi waterfalls in the southern Udzungwa Mountains located in Tanzania. At about 220,000 square feet, this was the smallest natural distribution known for any vertebrate species, but it was...

Malabar Tree Toad, Pedostibes Tuberculosus
2014-09-15 16:22:26

The Malabar Tree Toad, Pedostibes Tuberculosus, is a species of toad located in forests along the Western Ghats of India south of Goa. It is small and it can be found in wet tree hollows or leaf bases that contain water. This slender frog features a moderately sized head with a pointed snout and vertical lores. The distance between the eyes is as wide as the width of the upper eyelid. The opening of the ear is well marked and is about a third of the diameter of the eye. The fingers are...

Striped Raphael Catfish, Platydoras armatulus
2014-09-12 09:39:00

The striped Raphael catfish (Platydoras armatulus), also known as the talking catfish or the chocolate catfish, is a species of catfish that can be found in many areas of South America, including the Amazon, the Orinoco, and the Tocantins and it has been introduced into the United States of America. This species burrows into the soft sand in river bottoms, feeding on crustaceans, mollusks, and organic fragments. The striped Raphael catfish holds small, curved spines that extend across its...

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