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2014-03-27 10:39:57

New international study by academics from the University of Leicester highlights unique nature of fossil footprint left behind by mankind A new study by an international team of scientists, including Dr Jan Zalasiewicz and Professor Mark Williams of the University of Leicester's Department of Geology, suggests that the fossil impact humans have made on the planet is vast and unprecedented in nature – and that there's been nothing remotely like it since the Earth formed, over four and...

Last Interglacial temperate landscape
2014-03-04 05:28:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Analysis of fossilized dung beetles has revealed that prehistoric temperate ecosystems were comprised not just of dense forest, but a mosaic of closed forest and wood-pasture vegetation, according to new research appearing in the March 3 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the study, researchers from the Aarhus University Department of Bioscience and Natural History Museum Aarhus reviewed decades of...

Mesolithic Hunter-Gatherers Had Blue Eyes, Dark Skin
2014-01-27 04:48:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A 7,000 year old man from the Mesolithic Period, named La Braña 1 and recovered at the La Braña-Arintero site in Valdelugueros, Spain, reportedly had blue eyes and dark skin. The study, published in Nature and led by Carles Lalueza-Fox of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), represents the first recovered genome of an European hunter-gatherer. Ending with the advent of agriculture and livestock farming from the Middle...

Global Warming To Shift Rain And Wind Belts: Experts
2013-09-24 04:32:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory reveals that a northward shift of Earth's wind and rain belts could make a broad swath of regions drier. The findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that these drier regions include the Middle East, American West and Amazonia, while Monsoon Asia and equatorial Africa will become wetter as humans continue to heat the planet....

Russian Meteor Produced A Shockwave That Traveled The Globe Twice
2013-06-28 07:07:05

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Chelyabinsk meteor that blazed a trail across the morning sky in Russia this past February left a shocking impact on not just the Ural Mountains region, but the entire world. A new report published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters states the shockwave from the meteoric explosion on the morning of February 15, 2013 traveled around the globe -- not once, but twice. Scientists, led by Alexis Le Pichon of the French...

Researchers Map New Jersey Sea-Level Changes Over Last 10,000 Years
2013-05-29 09:07:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The public and policymakers alike were caught off guard when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the US last fall. The majority of the destruction came from the storm surge and flooding that followed the storm, leading researchers to pay attention to how climate change and sea-level rise may have played a role in the disaster, and how those same factors may impact the shoreline in the future. Benjamin P. Horton, an associate...

Experts Convene On Uncertainties Of Global Water Resources
2013-05-20 13:27:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This week, in Bonn, Germany — world experts are convening on the dangers posed to Earth´s most vital resource: water. "The list of human activities and their impact on the water systems of Planet Earth is long and important," said Anik Bhaduri, Executive Officer of the Global Water System Project (GWSP). "We have altered the Earth's climatology and chemistry, its snow cover, permafrost, sea and glacial ice extent and ocean...

Boreal Forests Expected To Shift Poleward
2013-05-06 04:58:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online What will happen to the climate in various parts of the world as the effects of global warming become amplified? Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new way to predict what will occur as temperatures rise across the Earth. The research, which was published in Sunday´s online edition of the journal Nature Geoscience, is anticipating major changes for boreal forests, which the authors...

Meteorite Fragments From The Tunguska Event
2013-05-05 06:19:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A Russian scientist has reportedly found meteorite or asteroid fragments potentially linked to a mysterious explosion that took place over Siberia more than 100 years ago. The Tunguska Event, as it is called, took place in June 1908. It featured a blast that was one thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb and decimated approximately 80 million trees over an 800 square mile area, but resulted in only a single...

Meteor Strikes Like Russian Event Only Occur Once Every 10 To 30 Years
2013-02-15 17:22:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As reports continue to stream in through various media outlets on injuries, damages, and the science behind such events, it seems this morning´s (February 15) meteor strike in Russia´s Ural Mountains region has left a pretty big impression far and wide. At last count more than 1,200 people (at least 200 children) are believed to have been injured by the meteor, most from broken glass produced by the exploding object's...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.