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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.
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 ...
Encrusted pollen on migrating birds' heads can shed light on where they've taken a break from migration to refuel, scientists say.
For the first time scientists have learnt how the largest four-legged dinosaurs got from A to B.
Green roofs could become a future source of water pollution, says a new study.
(Phys.org) —The extraordinary heights and speeds of ladybird flight paths have been revealed for the first time.
Seabirds have distinct individual personalities that affect where they feed and how likely they are to prosper, a pair of recent studies suggests.
Honeybees infected with a common parasite have a much lower chance of making it back from foraging trips, say scientists.
Scientists have pinpointed the lowest temperature at which simple life can live and grow.
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.