‘Whoop’ – new autonomous method precisely detects endangered whale vocalizations

One of the frequently used methods to monitor endangered whales is called passive acoustics technology, which doesn't always perform well. In the increasingly noisy...

Roads have far-reaching impact on chimpanzees

Roads have a negative impact on chimpanzee populations that can extend for more than 17 km, new research shows.

Natural cycles in the Gulf of Alaska accentuate ocean acidification

New research shows that the fluctuations of major wind and ocean circulation systems can temporarily accelerate or reverse the rate of ocean acidification in...

Physical distance may not be enough to prevent viral aerosol exposure indoors

Eighteen months ago, stickers began to dot the floors of most shops, spaced about six feet apart, indicating the physical distance required to avoid...

Better weather forecasting through satellite isotope data assimilation

Real satellite water vapor isotope data were assimilated in a general circulation model to determine whether including these data could improve forecast accuracy at...

What lies beneath: Volcanic secrets revealed

Lava samples have revealed a new truth about the geological make-up of the Earth's crust and could have implications for volcanic eruption early warning...

Concentration of microparticles in lakes reflect nearby human activity and land use

A new study suggests that microparticle concentrations in lakes are higher than previously reported, and that human activity and surrounding land use may be...

Mechanical buckling of petals produces iridescent patterns visible to bees

Flowers are employing a materials science phenomenon typically associated with failures in structural engineering to produce exquisite three-dimensional petal patterns to lure pollinators.

Rapid increase in global light pollution

Global light pollution has increased by at least 49% over 25 years, new research shows.

Solar cells with 30-year lifetimes for power-generating windows

A new transparency-friendly solar cell design could marry high efficiencies with 30-year estimated lifetimes, new research has shown. It may pave the way for...

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