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Volcanic eruptions may affect oceanic microbial processes
Extensive, explosive volcanic eruptions may disrupt a crucial aspect of the global nitrogen cycle, say researchers who have investigated ash deposits on the ocean floor.
Seashells provide million-year-old weather report
New research, published in Earth and Planetary Research Letters, led by scientists from the University of Cambridge, used plankton – tiny bugs, whose shells litter the ocean floors. By drilling into the seabed scientists ...
Pollen on birds shows feeding grounds
Encrusted pollen on migrating birds' heads can shed light on where they've taken a break from migration to refuel, scientists say.
Scientists teach largest dinosaurs to walk
For the first time scientists have learnt how the largest four-legged dinosaurs got from A to B.
Green roofs may be a source of pollution
Green roofs could become a future source of water pollution, says a new study.
Radar reveals extraordinary ladybird flight paths
(Phys.org) —The extraordinary heights and speeds of ladybird flight paths have been revealed for the first time.
Seabirds' personalities determine feeding styles
Seabirds have distinct individual personalities that affect where they feed and how likely they are to prosper, a pair of recent studies suggests.
Honeybee homing hampered by parasite
Honeybees infected with a common parasite have a much lower chance of making it back from foraging trips, say scientists.
Lowest temperature for life discovered
Scientists have pinpointed the lowest temperature at which simple life can live and grow.
Leopards persist in mountain range despite persecution
An inaccessible, rugged mountain region in northeast South Africa is home to the densest leopard population outside a state-protected area anywhere in Africa, according to a recent study.