Britain scrambles to contain deadly ash tree disease
The British government convened its emergency crisis committee on Friday to discuss how to contain a fungal disease threatening ash trees that has already wiped out swathes of woodland in Denmark.
Do Australia's giant fire-dependent trees belong in the rainforest?
Australia's giant eucalyptus trees are the tallest flowering plants on earth, yet their unique relationship with fire makes them a huge puzzle for ecologists. Now the first global assessment of these giants, published in ...
New study reveals surprising evolutionary path of lizards and snakes
(Phys.org)— A new study, published online in Biology Letters on September 19, has utilized a massive molecular dataset to reconstruct the evolutionary history of lizards and snakes. The results reveal a surp ...
Artwork records words, beams them to Philly skies
(AP)—A new interactive artwork opening in Philadelphia will make light of your words, but it's probably not what you think.
Salt seeds clouds in the Amazon rainforest
It's morning, deep in the Amazon jungle. In the still air innumerable leaves glisten with moisture, and fog drifts through the trees. As the sun rises, clouds appear and float across the forest canopy ... ...
Study finds increased biomass in West Africa despite forty year drought
High-tech tool predicts fire behavior in bark beetle-ravaged forests
Fire fighters facing fast-moving wildfires need better tools to predict erratic fire behavior, especially in forests with dead trees caused by massive outbreaks of bark beetles whose predations create an ...
How geckos cope with wet feet
Geckos are remarkable little creatures, clinging to almost any dry surface, and Alyssa Stark, from the University of Akron, USA, explains that they appear to be equally happy scampering through tropical rainforest ...
A Tree Stands in the Sierra Nevada
White fir, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine. Sugar pine, incense cedar, red fir: These are conifers of the headwater ecosystems of California's Sierra Nevada.
Researchers examining birds' control, behavioral processes as model for small, highly maneuverable aircraft
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is looking at birds' perceptual and maneuvering abilities as inspiration for small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) autonomy.
Hidden secrets in the world's most northerly rainforests
The word rainforest usually conjures up visions of brightly coloured birds and hyperactive monkeys swooping through a thick green canopy of leaves, vines and flowers. But rainforests are also found closer ...
Water in a changing world: Experimental watershed provides new insights, rich educational experience
Six years and about 4,000 water samples later, an outdoor experimental watershed laboratory established by University of Delaware faculty members Shreeram Inamdar and Delphis Levia at Fair Hill, Md., is now ...
LiDAR technology reveals faults near Lake Tahoe
Results of a new U.S. Geological Survey study conclude that faults west of Lake Tahoe, Calif., referred to as the Tahoe-Sierra frontal fault zone, pose a substantial increase in the seismic hazard assessment for the Lake ...
Research finds autumn advantage for invasive plants in Eastern United States
Much like the fabled tortoise and the hare, the competition between native and invasive plants growing in deciduous forests in the Eastern United States is all about how the plants cross the finish line in autumn.