Facebook activates 'Safety Check' for Chile quake

Facebook has activated a geolocation tool allowing people in Chile to reassure friends and loved ones after a powerful magnitude 8.3 quake shook the country, killing at least eight.

Researchers show ocean response to Red Dawn

The 'Red Dawn' dust storm which enveloped Sydney in 2009 left more than just a huge clean-up bill in its wake. Griffith researchers have shown for the first time that the Tasman Sea marine ecosystem was also affected by the ...

Sponge cells build skeletons with pole-and-beam structure

Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 17 have found that sponges build their skeletons in a completely different way than other animals do. In fact, the building process looks a lot ...

Archaeologists discover 'Roman Village' in Gernsheim

During their first Gernsheim dig last year, Frankfurt University archaeologists suspected that a small Roman settlement must have also existed here in the Hessian Ried. Now they have discovered clear relics of a Roman village, ...

When Fed locks up funds, small businesses suffer

When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to slow down a speeding economy—effectively raising the price of money—banks often sell down their stockpile of securities to keep the financial assembly lines going. That's ...

Omega-3's are vital for a healthy ocean

A new study published this week in Nature's Scientific Reports reveals the importance of omega-3 fatty acids for the health of the ocean.

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