Archives for October 2013

‘Witch Nebula’ Cackles into the Night

It may look wicked, but a stunning — if not scary — new view of the Witch Nebula unveiled by NASA for Halloween is actually the home of baby stars just beginning their cosmic lives.
Discovery News

Frightening Halloween weather spawns Texas flooding

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Halloween began with frightening weather in central Texas on Thursday as torrential rains produced flooding and evacuations of some low-lying areas, a harbinger of storms forecast for a large section of the central United States later in the day.


Reuters: Environment

The mystery of the disappearing elephant tusk

Give it a few thousand years, and tusks could completely disappear from the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). The beautifully smooth, elongated ivory incisors neatly bordering a long trunk are iconic in the public mind. The reigning hypothesis is that tusks evolved to help male elephants fight one another, as demonstrated when males compete over females in estrus. However, a recent study published in the journal Animal Behaviour has shown that tusks may not be key factors in tussles, at least as far as elephants are concerned.
ENN: Top Stories

Aung San Suu Kyi: complicity with tyranny

Aung San Suu Kyi is the international face of Burma and a global icon of courage, endurance and moral authority. But as Guy Horton reports from Burma, she is now actively colluding with the Burmese military’s violent campaigns against minority ethnic and religious groups.
Environment news & analysis, climate change reports –
The Ecologist

Baseball Superstitions Not a Game to Players

For a game that's all about stats and percentages, baseball sure does put a lot of stock in superstition.
Discovery News

New dolphin species spotted swimming off Australian coast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A newly discovered species of humpback dolphin has been seen swimming off the northern Australia coast, an international team of scientists reported this week.


Reuters: Environment

The Great Latex Defense

Latex from plants is a naturally occurring white opaque sap that emanates from a plant’s point of damage. About 10% of plants use Latex as a method of defense. Latex is also an essential ingredient in natural rubber. But different plants use latex in different ways. Researchers at the University of Oxford wanted to understand the mechanical properties of natural latex in relation to their respective defense application. As a result, researchers tested two latex producing plant species that use it differently: the Euphorbia and the Ficus.
ENN: Top Stories

Rising Summer Temperatures Threaten Eastern Siberia

The high cliffs of Eastern Siberia, have been eroding at a relatively fast pace which researchers are attributing to rising summer temperatures in the Russian permafrost regions as well as the retreat of the Arctic sea ice. In an effort to understand permafrost erosion, researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research have evaluated data and aerial photographs of Eastern Siberia coastal regions for the last 40 years.
ENN: Top Stories

Borneo’s rainforest coal: City of London profit.

The development of coal mines in East Kalimantan is having a huge impact on local and indigenous populations, destroying the forest and displacing communities. London banks and City financiers take the profit.
Environment news & analysis, climate change reports –
The Ecologist

‘Octonauts’ Series Adds Federal Partner in Ocean Awareness

An office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will collaborate with “Octonauts,” an animated preschool show about undersea adventuring.
NYT > Oceans