Geography

Soil moisture and snowpack data can help predict droughts

Soil moisture and snowpack data can help predict droughts in the US

In May 2012, seasonal drought forecasts for the coming summer did not foresee a drought forming in the country's midsection. But by the end of...
Cave painting Higgs Bison

Ice Age cave art reveals new European bison species (Higgs Bison)

In a recent ancient DNA research, scientists find that Ice Age cave artists recorded a previously unknown hybrid species of bison and cattle in...
forest fires

Climate change has doubled forest fires in the western United States

Forest fires have dramatically increased across the western United States in recent decades. These fires have caused widespread forest death, greenhouse gas emissions, and...
megadrought risks

Global warming increases megadrought risks in the American Southwest

A megadrought is a prolonged drought lasting 20 years or longer. It can have very significant impacts on human. Historically, megadroughts have led to the...
Cretaceous syrinx fossil

Oldest known vocal organ of birds suggests dinosaurs may not sing

In a study newly published in Nature, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin found the oldest known vocal organ of a bird...
US national parks

US national parks have extremely early spring due to climate change

Many US national parks are already at the extreme warm end of their historical temperature distributions. Because of rapidly warming conditions, people need to enhance...
Golden Eagles

Wind turbines in California kill golden eagles from over 100 km away

Renewable energy production is expanding rapidly despite mostly unknown environmental effects on wildlife and habitats. In a recent study, scientists find that in California, wind...
global health burden in China and India

A third of global health burden related to mental illness is in China and...

China and India jointly account for 38% of the world population, and it is important to understand the burden attributed to mental illness within...
prehistoric shark

Scientists discover a new large prehistoric shark

In a recent study published in Historical Biology, researchers describe a new large prehistoric shark (Megalolamna paradoxodon gen. nov. et sp. nov.). The new species...
Diagram and photo of specimen

World’s earliest use of indigo blue was found in Peru 6000 years ago

Indigo blue is one of the most valued and widespread dyes in the world. The color is popular in both ancient times and the...