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Can We Learn from Bears?

9/30/2009 // By Christy Leckburg

Hibernating bears have been an overlooked phenomenon for too long. If we could isolate and reproduce their chemistry, it would be a huge leap for health and science. Fortunately, scientists have begun studying bears for the benefit of human health; however, …

The Frogs are Croaking

9/28/2009 // By Julia Marden

Here’s some bleak news for a Monday: Up to 1/3 of amphibians today are at risk for extinction, according to the Global Amphibian Assessment and a recent post to Bright Green Blog. Scientists think it has something to do with …

City Rooftops: Paint Them White Or Plant Them With Green? — New Study

9/26/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

Cities are real climate hot spots and their rooftops, in particular, absorb heat and run up energy use. Jeff Salton at reports: Previous studies have indicated that painting roofs white can be a low tech way to reduce global …

Scientists: New Rating System Maps Immediacy Of Nine Threats to Environment

9/26/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

In a rating system compiled by a group of scientists, there is new meaning to immediate threats being off-the-charts. The top three threats? Biodiversity loss, nitrogen run-off and climate change. Susannah Locke at Popsci-com reports: “Publishing in the journal Nature, …

Google Earth Maps Carbon In The Atmosphere

9/21/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

Google Earth has teamed up with science experts to help people better understand CO2 in the atmosphere through dynamic mapping. reports: “A better understanding of the carbon cycle has implications for energy and environmental policy and carbon management. In …

Chimpanzee Archeology: Tool-Use Shows That Humans and Apes Closer Than Thought

8/14/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

When archeologists began to look at chimpanzees and their longstanding use of tools, some conventional thinking about the separation between man and beast got a little fuzzier.   Science reports: “Julio Mercader, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Tropical …

350 New Plant and Wildlife Species Discovered In The Himalayan Region

8/13/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

A decade of surveying in the Himalayas has brought some wonderful surprises to the wildlife and nature conservation world. reports: “Over 350 new species, including the world’s smallest deer, a ‘flying frog’ and a 100-million-year old gecko have been …

Some Good News For Ocean Fisheries

7/30/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

A new study finds some signs of recovery from overfishing in several areas around the globe. reports: Scientists have joined forces in a groundbreaking assessment on the status of marine fisheries and ecosystems. The two-year study, led by Boris …

Week Two: A “Bugly” Scavenger Hunt

7/21/2009 // By Jennifer Ward

Bugs are everywhere in nature, regardless of whether you’re a city dweller or a country dweller. I encourage you to take a walk with your kids and see just what you can find as you embark on a Bugly Scavenger Hunt.

Humpback Whale Inspires New Wind Turbine Design

7/20/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

A new design for wind turbine blades was inspired by a whale and a work of art. T. Goodman at reports: “Frank Fish (yes, it’s his real name), whose field just happens to be biomechanics, actually came about his …