Scientists identifies duration of mass extinction 252 million years ago

A Chinese-led research group found that it took less than 30,000 years and perhaps only thousands for a massacre of over 90 percent of...

Your city’s air may play a big role in your heart health

In a recent study, researchers find that Healthy people exposed to even low levels of air pollution over a handful of years developed enlarged...
The world needs death and decomposition

The world needs death and decomposition

What if roadkill piled beside the road and never decomposed? What if massive fish kills washed up on beaches and remained for eternity? First off, it...

Most severe mass extinction on Earth occurred with no early warning signs

End-Permian extinction, which wiped out most of Earth’s species, was instantaneous in geological time. The most severe mass extinction in Earth’s history occurred with almost...

How phytoplankton survive in ocean gyres with low nutrient supplies

Subtropical gyres are huge, sustained currents spanning thousands of kilometers across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, where very little grows. With nutrients in short supply,...

When mammal ancestors evolved flexible shoulders, their backbones changed too

Ancient changes to the backbone paved the way for modern mammal diversity Shrug your shoulders. If you're not in public, shimmy a little. You can do...

Kiwifruit duplicated its vitamin C genes twice, 50 million and 20 million years ago

Today's kiwifruit, a member of the Chinese gooseberry family, contains about as much vitamin C as an orange. This extra boost in vitamin C production...

Cash, carbon, crude: Stanford research shows how to make oil fields bury emissions

In February 2018, Donald Trump signed into law new tax credits that reward oil companies for capturing carbon dioxide and preventing it from entering...

558 million-year-old fat reveals earliest known animal

Scientists have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth...

Mass extinction happened in geological ‘instant’

It took less than 30,000 years and maybe only thousands, to kill more than 90% of sea creatures and most land species, according to...