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Global warming woes? Tiny ants might save Earth
Tech Times
Ronald Dorn, a geologist at Arizona State University in Tempe, who is also the lead author of the study, says that ants are altering the Earth's environment. The researchers say that an average ant does not live even for over a year but they help to reduce tiny bits of carbon dioxide gas from the Earth's atmosphere. An increase in ant population on the planet may help reduce global warming to a certain extent.
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A tale of 2 forests: Addressing postnuclear radiation at Chernobyl and Fukushima
Environmental Health Perspectives
In a narrow wooded valley just inside the Fukushima evacuation zone, a cold mountain dusk is falling over the terraced plots where Genkatsu Kanno grew rice and vegetables for most of his life. The idle fields are illuminated by lights from his house, where several men bend intently over a low wooden table as they pore over satellite photographs and contour maps. On this evening a year and eight months after multiple explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the men are grappling head-on with one of the most widespread and complex environmental health threats Japan has ever faced.
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New source of greenhouse gas 'cleaners' found on clouds
Scientific American
An international collaboration of scientists has discovered a previously unidentified source of tropospheric hydroxyl radicals generated by the interaction of ozone with the surface of clouds. Their simulations predict that the rate of hydroxyl radical production at the clouds' air–water interface could be four orders of magnitude higher than in the rest of the atmosphere.
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A Swiss pesticide company's plan to bring back the bees
The Guardian
A new initiative from Syngenta, a Swiss agribusiness and the world's largest manufacturer of crop chemicals, aims to boost the number of pollinating insects, especially bees, on commercial farms in the U.S. The project, called Operation Pollinator, will grow flowers and plants on what's known as "marginal ground," the thin strips and edges that border large plots of commercial farmland. These areas usually total about one or two acres per plot.
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If a monkey takes a selfie in the forest, who owns the copyright? No one, says Wikimedia
The Washington Post
If a monkey snaps a selfie in the forest, does he own it? By now, the legal pseudo-doctrine of "he who takes the selfie owns the selfie" has settled into the collective consciousness. But what happens if an animal takes the photo? British photographer David Slater is locked in a dispute with Wikimedia Commons (and its parent organization the Wikimedia Foundation) over whether a photo taken by an animal with a photographer's camera becomes part of the public domain or the property of the camera's owner.
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Seafaring dog follows an elusive whale trail
The Wall Street Journal
It is a unique partnership: Elizabeth Seely, a 30-year-old wildlife biologist, and a black Lab named Tucker. Ten years ago, Tucker wandered the streets of North Seattle, undernourished, frightened and likely destined to be euthanized as an unwanted pet. Instead, Tucker got lucky. Rescued by a shelter, he was turned over to Conservation Canines, the University of Washington unit that employs Ms. Seely as a dog handler. Tucker became an asset to scientists because of his acute sense of smell and delirious work ethic.
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16-foot waves measured in Arctic Ocean where there was once only ice
National Geographic
Sixteen-foot waves are buffeting an area of the Arctic Ocean that until recently was permanently covered in sea ice—another sign of a warming climate, scientists say. Because wave action breaks up sea ice, allowing more sunlight to warm the ocean, it can trigger a cycle that leads to even less ice, more wind, and higher waves. Scientists had never measured waves in the Beaufort Sea, an area north of Alaska, until recently. Permanent sea ice cover prevented their formation.
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UK's deep sea mountain life filmed
BBC
Scientists have sent a remotely operated vehicle to film one of the U.K.'s three undersea mountains, known as seamounts. The Hebrides Terrace Seamount, off the west coast of Scotland, is higher than Ben Nevis, but its peak is 1,000 meters beneath the surface. Prof. J Murray Roberts, from Heriot-Watt University, and his colleagues filmed more than 100 species on its slopes. They published their findings in the open access journal Scientific Reports. Prof. Roberts has now shared the footage from the dive exclusively with the BBC.
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Researcher: Bacteria ate some Gulf spill toxins, but worst remain
EHS Today
A Florida State University researcher found that bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico consumed many of the toxic components of the oil released during the Deepwater Horizon spill in the months after the spill, but not the most toxic contaminants. In two new studies conducted in a deep sea plume, Assistant Professor Olivia Mason found a species of bacteria called Colwellia likely consumed gaseous hydrocarbons and perhaps benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene compounds that were released as part of the oil spill. However, her research also shows that bacteria did not consume the most toxic parts of the oil spill in the water column plume or in the oil that settled on the ocean floor.
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Woodrats can 'stomach' anything thanks to gut microbes
Science World Report
Meet the desert woodrat — a rodent species native to the western North American deserts. Though quite tiny in size, make no mistake; these creatures can "stomach" just about anything. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah found that as many enjoy feasting on creosote bush that's covered in toxic resin, the rodent's gut bacteria allows them to consume a poisonous compilation of plants. Many toxic chemicals can be found in this regimen of foilage, including nordihydroguaiarectic acid — a chemical that wreaks havoc on the liver and kidneys of other lab mice.
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