Research suggests terror bird's beak was worse than its bite
Analysis of fossilized remains of the two meter tall terror bird (Gastornis) indicate that was unlikely to have been a carnivore.
Changing climate may have driven collapse of civilizations in Late Bronze Age
Climate change may have driven the collapse of once-flourishing Eastern Mediterranean civilizations towards the end of the 13th century BC, according to research published August 14 in the open access journal ...
Early solar system garnet-like mineral named for Livermore cosmochemist
A recently discovered mineral appears to be clear but may have a tinge of light blue. No matter its color, you won't be able to make earrings from it.
Westerly winds and CO2 levels
The end of the last Ice Age was preceded by a gradual rise in atmospheric CO2. A new study supports the idea that a shift in the position, and increase in the intensity, of zonal westerly winds in the Southern ...
New evidence that cosmic impact caused Younger Dryas extinctions
Global warming endangers South American water supply, study finds
Chile and Argentina may face critical water storage issues due to rain-bearing westerly winds over South America's Patagonian Ice-Field to moving south as a result of global warming.
Solar system's youth gives clues to planet search
Comets and meteorites contain clues to our solar system's earliest days. But some of the findings are puzzle pieces that don't seem to fit well together. A new set of theoretical models from Carnegie's Alan Boss shows how ...
How Mars' atmosphere got so thin: New insights from Curiosity
(Phys.org) —New findings from NASA's Curiosity rover provide clues to how Mars lost its original atmosphere, which scientists believe was much thicker than the one left today.
Manure used by Europe's first farmers 8,000 years ago
(Phys.org) —A new study says Europe's first farmers used far more sophisticated practices than was previously thought. A research team led by the University of Oxford has found that Neolithic farmers manured ...
Toxic radiation 'in groundwater' at Fukushima
Toxic radioactive substances have once again been detected in groundwater at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, its Japanese operator said on Sunday, the latest in a series of incidents at the tsunami-battered ...
Sulphur from yeast helps to track animal protein pathways
Researchers from the University of Oviedo (Spain) have labelled sulphur in brewer's yeast with a non-radioactive method so that when feeding it to laboratory rats the course taken by the element can be tracked ...
Medical isotope producers and the CTBTO join forces to reduce radioxenon emissions
The nuclear test monitoring agency, CTBTO, joins forces with a Belgium producer of radioelements for nuclear medicine to reduce radioactive noble gas emissions. By reducing the amount of radioactive xenon released in the ...
Ice mass the size of Greenland overlooked in climate models
Far more of Earth's water was locked up as ice at the height of the last ice age than previously thought, and current climate change models may need to be adjusted to account for it, according to a new study.
Newly revealed Maya farming hotspots hold key to ancient culture
(Phys.org) —BYU researchers have dug up new evidence from an ancient Maya city that may help solve the mystery of just how many people lived in the civilization.