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Did icy-methane bring on the age of the dinosaur?

Did icy-methane bring on the age of the dinosaur?

Posted Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The mass extinction 200 million years ago, that paved the way for the rise of the dinosaurs, could have been caused by a massive belch of methane, say scientists in a paper just published online on ScienceExpress. Plant remains show that the atmosphere was rapidly filled with carbon, which could have come from CO2-driven warming, releasing the methane stored in the cold sub-sea sediments.

Did icy-methane bring on the age of the dinosaur?

GeoEngineering the Planet - Crazy Idea or Technological Solution?

GeoEngineering the Planet - Crazy Idea or Technological Solution?

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:11:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Scientists have plans for high-tech procedures to reduce climate change. As climate change creates increasing impacts on our planetary ecosystem and the pace of carbon reduction makes many people fear that we are moving too slowly to avert a catastrophe, some scientists have promoted GeoEngineering as a way to stave off disaster.

GeoEngineering the Planet - Crazy Idea or Technological Solution?

The true impact of email

The true impact of email

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2011 02:11:00 GMT by Vita Sgardello

A study carried out by the French Agency for the Environment warns that emailing is just as bad for the environment as flying. At an average size of 1 MB and 220 working days per year, ADEME has calculated sending work related emails generates 13.6 tonnes of CO2, about 13 round-trip flights from Paris to New York.

The true impact of email

Caught Green-Handed

Caught Green-Handed

Posted Sun, 03 Jul 2011 22:45:00 GMT by David Vranicar

China was a late-arriver to the green technology craze. But it's making up for lost time - and then some - by taking Western innovation and doing it better. In the process, the world's biggest polluter has become the world's king of greentech.

Caught Green-Handed

New tools to measure carbon caught in windbreak trees

New tools to measure carbon caught in windbreak trees

Posted Sun, 03 Jul 2011 16:44:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Windbreaks have several agricultural benefits, but because trees grown in these rigid lines behave differently it's been hard to measure their impact on climate change, until now. American farmers already use windbreaks. They take up a small amount of land, help to protect both crops and livestock from a battering and keep a check on soil erosion too.

New tools to measure carbon caught in windbreak trees

Fund invests in 'green' auto technologies

Fund invests in 'green' auto technologies

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:05:08 GMT by John Dean

A UK university today announced a £400,000 investment to develop automotive technologies which can save fuel and reduce carbon emissions. The move comes from the University of East Anglia, which says money from its Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) project will support development work already under way from Essex company Controlled Power Technologies (CPT).

Fund invests in 'green' auto technologies

Toothy-thermometers take dino's temperature for the first time

Toothy-thermometers take dino's temperature for the first time

Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

A pioneering paper in today's Science has been able to put a number to the temperature-chart of 150 million-year old dinosaurs - using enamel from their teeth. Two larger dinosaurs species have had their temperatures taken, showing a warm 96-100°F - but more work is needed with their smaller cousins to settle the warm-blooded vs cold-blooded debate.

Toothy-thermometers take dino's temperature for the first time

Flip-flopping alloy that turns heat into electricity

Flip-flopping alloy that turns heat into electricity

Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:19:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Researchers from the University of Minnesota have created a remarkable new alloy, Ni45Co5Mn40Sn10, that can generate powerful magnetic currents - and so electricity - when warmth flips it from one phase to another. The material is described in a new science journal, Advanced Energy Materials, and the team hopes that its high efficiency will lead to better use of waste heat - and even to the sourcing of green electricity from the oceans.

Flip-flopping alloy that turns heat into electricity

The role of marine plankton in sequestration of carbon

The role of marine plankton in sequestration of carbon

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:07:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

Researchers at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Marine Biological Association (UK) together with colleagues from the University of North Carolina (USA) have made an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between marine plankton and ocean pH.

The role of marine plankton in sequestration of carbon

Nano Technology shows promise for new way of winning electricity from coal

Nano Technology shows promise for new way of winning electricity from coal

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:21:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

Traditionally, coal has been used for the production of electricity by burning it in power stations to produce steam which then turns turbines and generates power. However, researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the New Jersey Institute of Technology have published a paper which may ultimately change that.

Nano Technology shows promise for new way of winning electricity from coal

Caught between Snowball Earths - the first shelly amoebas

Caught between Snowball Earths - the first shelly amoebas

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:52:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The mystery of life between the total ice lock-downs of two Snowball Earth eras - when the planet was covered in ice from pole-to-pole - is being swept away by new research, just published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. It seems that tiny amoeba were reaching out into the sea, to make some of the first sea-shells from floating particles, right after the first Snowball Earth event ended, some 710 million-years ago.

Caught between Snowball Earths - the first shelly amoebas

Book holds up 50-year old Antarctic Treaty as beacon of hope

Book holds up 50-year old Antarctic Treaty as beacon of hope

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:50:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A new book on the diplomatic triumph of the 'border-less' Antarctic Treaty in 1959, is being launched today, as the 5th Malaysian International Seminar on Antarctica draws to a close. The book's editor, respected polar scientist Paul Berkman, sees the need to re-summon the political will shown back then, so as to deal with the ultimate cross-border threat - global warming.

Book holds up 50-year old Antarctic Treaty as beacon of hope

From soil to clouds: African farmers benefit from improved rainstorm predictions

From soil to clouds: African farmers benefit from improved rainstorm predictions

Posted Sun, 12 Jun 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Thunderstorm predictions during the Sahel monsoon season, in Africa, are likely to be improved by work published in Nature Geoscience today. By using incredibly detailed satellite images, scientists have discovered that soil moisture levels can be a big factor in some of the crop-nourishing storms breaking out at that time of year.

From soil to clouds: African farmers benefit from improved rainstorm predictions

Sail Transport Network - The Past Meets the Future

Sail Transport Network - The Past Meets the Future

Posted Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:43:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

With high oil prices are sailing ships about to make a comeback? In order to lower running costs, cargo ships are now often reducing speed to 12-15 knots, but this makes them slower than the sail-powered clipper ships of a century or more ago.

Sail Transport Network - The Past Meets the Future

Oxygen-poor 'dead zones' ebb and flow across the oceans

Oxygen-poor 'dead zones' ebb and flow across the oceans

Posted Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Worries about the growth of oxygen-depleted dead zones may be eased by a new study, which models the 50-year evolution of low oxygen tongues and plumes across the oceans. The paper in Science shows that bacteria have a big influence on the ebb and flow of oxygen through the seas – but that a long term decline in oxygen, due to global warming, is still likely.

Oxygen-poor 'dead zones' ebb and flow across the oceans

Call to save our soils, to save ourselves

Call to save our soils, to save ourselves

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

In today's Nature, a scientist is pointing to the role of 'Critical Zone Observatories' in understanding soils and fast-tracking solutions to preserve them - even as greater demands are placed on them. With the roots of civilization holding on tenuously to the denuded resources of the soil, action is needed fast, says Prof. Banwart.

Call to save our soils, to save ourselves

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Posted Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:21:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

Posted Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:54:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cats, as we know them.

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:05:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Posted Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:46:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Birds run carefully in the rough.

Posted Sun, 02 Nov 2014 19:19:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Our ancient ancestors couldn't digest milk

Posted Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Copulation was invented by ancient fish

Posted Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:20:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Stilt break records for migration and finding water.

Posted Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:05:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Geckos crossed the line and got bigger

Posted Tue, 07 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

As much oxygen as you need

Posted Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New star clusters unveiled by ESO telescope

Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:07:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Breaking the Cosmic Speed Limit

Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2011 20:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The survival and symbiosis of corals

Posted Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:42:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Gorilla genomes and hopes for hominids

Posted Thu, 08 Mar 2012 14:05:19 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Nightingale's number one!

Posted Mon, 05 May 2014 09:46:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Leaping Lizards and Self-righting Robots

Posted Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:22:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Book holds up 50-year old Antarctic Treaty as beacon of hope

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:50:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Crab Nebula pulsar gamma rays energy amazing astronomers

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2011 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Human brain and body mass

Posted Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:58:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New crash-proof battery is 25% lighter

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 08:11:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer