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Monday marks 1st ‘Spare the Air’ day of 2014, Report

Monday marks 1st 'Spare the Air' day of 2014, Report

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued its first Spare the Air alert of 2014, stating that the combination of high heat and low wind in Monday’s forecast is a recipe for unhealthy air. In such weather conditions, motor vehicle exhaust accumulates, creating unhealthy levels of ozone pollution. The Air District asks commuters to avoid driving and use ... Read More »

Scientists discover nickel-eating plant species

Scientists discover nickel-eating plant species

A new plant species with an unusual lifestyle – it eats nickel for a living – has been discovered, according to a recent study. Scientists from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños have discovered Rinorea niccolifera, a plant species that accumulates up to 18,000 ppm of the metal in its leaves without poisoning itself, according to Edwino Fernando, lead ... Read More »

Rising CO2 ‘will influence’ grain nutrition, study finds

Rising CO2 'will influence' grain nutrition, study finds

Most people are aware that climate change affects the temperature of weather patterns, but not everyone knows that it also elevates sea levels and plays a big role in crop production. The rising levels of carbon dioxide will affect the nutritional value and content of basic foods, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard University. Read More »

NASA moon orbiter snaps image of ‘Earthrise’ (Photo)

NASA moon orbiter snaps image of 'Earthrise'

NASA’s lunar space probe has captured a beautiful image of the Earth rising above the edge of the moons surface, from a distance. Made famous by the Apollo 8 mission of 1968, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched in 2009 to map the surface of the moon. The 2014 Earthrise picture was created by combining different images taken from various ... Read More »

HD 162826 : First Solar ‘Sibling’ Discovered

HD 162826 : First Solar 'Sibling' Discovered

Sen—A team of researchers has identified for the first time a star directly related to the Sun, one almost certainly born from the same cloud of gas and dust. The find, led by astronomer Ivan Ramirez of The University of Texas, will help astronomers look for other solar siblings. It could lead to an understanding of how and where our ... Read More »

India : 14 new species of frog nicknamed ‘dancing’ frogs

India : 14 new species of frog nicknamed 'dancing' frogs

14 new species of dancing frogs were discovered in the Western Ghats of southern India by the scientists/biologists. These tiny acrobatic amphibians (frogs) were found by Indian biologists. The Indian Dancing frogs are scientifically known as Micrixalidae and their family comprises a single genus Micrixalus. Name of the species has been derived by their style of unusual kicks used to ... Read More »

Pesticides Likely Responsible for Honey Bee Decline, study shows

Pesticides Likely Responsible for Honey Bee Decline, study shows

A COMMONLY used insecticide is responsible for destroying honey bee colonies in the wintertime, a study shows. Researchers say they have found a link between hive health and dietary exposure to clothianidin, one of the developed world’s most popular pesticides. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a disease affecting bees which results in them abandoning their hives and eventually dying. Read More »

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrates and brings attention to bird migration, one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas. IMBD began in 1993 and is now hosted at more than 600 sites from Canada to Argentina. Environment for the Americas, with the collaboration of international sponsors and partners, fosters bird conservation education in the Western Hemisphere ... Read More »

Morocco : 6.6 Feet Jumps by a Spider to Escape its Predators

Morocco : 6.6 Feet Jumps by a Spider to Escape its Predators

In Morocco, there are spiders that know how to do cartwheels. They can cartwheel down sand dunes, and also up sand dunes, which is more than a little bit remarkable. The scientist who found them, Ingo Rechenberg (a professor at the Technical University of Berlin), does what you do when you find an animal with a unique and ingenious mode ... Read More »