Nicaragua: Studies say canal impact to be minimal
Officials said Thursday that studies have determined a $40 billion inter-oceanic canal across Nicaragua will have minimal impact on the environment and society, and construction is to begin next month.
Tree diseases can help forests: What's bad for a seedling can be good for biodiversity
Plant diseases attack trees and crops and can hurt lumber and food production, but University of Utah biologists found that pathogens that kill tree seedlings actually can make forests more diverse.
Setting sail for ESA spaceplane recovery
The boat that will lift ESA's unmanned IXV spaceplane out of the Pacific Ocean after the research flight next month set sail on Saturday from Genoa in Italy.
Ear ye, ear ye, otitis is common in dogs, and allergies are often to blame
Ear inflammation, or otitis, is one of the most common medical problems that dogs experience; because there are many causes, it is important to seek veterinary care to prevent severe pain and damage to deeper structures of ...
Panama Canal expansion dredges up historical treasures
Panama Canal expansion work has uncovered an unexpected trove of archeological and paleontological treasures, scientists said, as the massive construction project winds down.
Canal route in Nicaragua raises concerns over lake
Now that Nicaragua has picked a path for a Chinese firm to dig a canal connecting the Caribbean and the Pacific, environmentalists are worried about a huge lake on the route.
Discovery of Neandertal trait in ancient skull raises new questions about human evolution
Re-examination of a circa 100,000-year-old archaic early human skull found 35 years ago in Northern China has revealed the surprising presence of an inner-ear formation long thought to occur only in Neandertals.
Panama saves whales and protects world trade
The Republic of Panama's proposal to implement four Traffic Separation Schemes for commercial vessels entering and exiting the Panama Canal and ports was approved unanimously by the International Maritime Organization in ...
Canal carved through Nicaragua will destroy rainforests, communities and wildlife
The Nicaraguan government has granted a concession to a mysterious Chinese company owned by Jing Wang, a little-known Hong-Kong based businessman, to build an inter-oceanic canal. This would provide an alternative to ...
Tropical forests mitigate extreme weather events
Tropical forests reduce peak runoff during storms and release stored water during droughts, according to researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Their results lend credence ...
Extraordinary 'missing link' fossil fish found in China
A spectacular new "missing link" fossil has been unearthed in China. The 419 million year old armoured fish, called Entelognathus, meaning "complete jaw" solves an age-old debate in science. For palaeontologist ...
Spotty record for Chinese exec with canal dream
When President Daniel Ortega granted a Chinese telecommunications executive exclusive rights to develop a $40 billion canal through Nicaragua and operate it for 100 years, his administration touted the CEO's ...
Irrigation in arid regions can increase malaria risk for a decade
New irrigation systems in arid regions benefit farmers but can increase the local malaria risk for more than a decade—which is longer than previously believed—despite intensive and costly use of insecticides, new University ...
Scientist looks for a deeper understanding of hearing through the bones in our heads
(Phys.org) —Stanford mechanical engineer Sunil Puria is unraveling the mysteries of bone conduction hearing, which could lead to a better understanding of hearing – and some types of hearing loss.