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Coral study reveals surprising twist
Algal partner responds to climate-change stresses more strongly than coral host.... full story »

Climate change forced zombie ant fungi to adapt
Zombie ants clamp on to aerial vegetation and hang for months spewing the spores of their parasitic fungi, but researchers noticed that they do not always clamp on to the same part of the plant. Now the researchers know that the choice of leaves or twigs is related to climate and that climate change forced the fungi to adapt to local conditions.... full story »

Coral reefs losing ability to keep pace with sea-level rise
Many coral reefs will be unable to keep growing fast enough to keep up with rising sea levels, leaving tropical coastlines and low-lying islands exposed to increased erosion and flooding risk, new research suggests.... full story »

Growing 'dead zone' confirmed by underwater robots
New research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) has confirmed a dramatic decrease in oxygen in the Gulf of Oman part of the Arabian Sea. But the environmental disaster is worse than expected.... full story »

Will Antarctic Worms Warm to Changing Climate?
Researchers at the University of Delaware are examining tiny worms that inhabit the frigid sea off Antarctica to learn not only how these organisms adapt to the severe cold, but how they will survive as ocean temperatures increase.... full story »

Sensing the Deep Ocean
Futuristic robots may be coming soon to an ocean near you. Sensorbots are spherical devices equipped with biogeochemical sensors, that promise to open a new chapter in the notoriously challenging exploration of the ocean.... full story »

Link Between Earthquakes and Tropical Cyclones: New Study May Help Scientists Identify Regions at High Risk for Earthquakes
A groundbreaking study led by University of Miami (UM) scientist Shimon Wdowinski shows that earthquakes, including the recent 2010 temblors in Haiti and Taiwan, may be triggered by tropical cyclones... full story »

As Climate Change Sets In, Plants and Bees Keep Pace
No laggards, those bees and plants. As warm temperatures due to climate change encroach winter, bees and plants keep pace.... full story »

Tropical Sea Temperatures Influence Melting in Antarctica
Accelerated melting of two fast-moving outlet glaciers that drain Antarctic ice into the Amundsen Sea Embayment is likely the result, in part, of an increase in sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean.... full story »

Submarine Springs Offer Preview of Ocean Acidification Effects On Coral Reefs
Observations at submarine springs found along the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula are giving scientists a preview of the possible fate of coral reef ecosystems in response to ocean acidification.... full story »

When the heat's on, fish can cope
Australian scientists have discovered that some tropical fish have a greater capacity to cope with rising sea temperatures than previously thought – by adjusting over several generations.... full story »

Global warming 'not slowing down', say researchers
Researchers have added further clarity to the global climate trend, proving that global warming is showing no signs of slowing down... full story »

Rise of Atmospheric Oxygen More Complicated Than Previously Thought
The appearance of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere probably did not occur as a single event, but as a long series of starts and stops... full story »

Global Carbon Emissions Reach Record 10 Billion Tons, Threatening 2 Degree Target
Global carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels have increased by 49 per cent in the last two decades... full story »

Global Winds Could Explain Record Rains, Tornadoes
Two talks at a scientific conference this week will propose a common root for an enormous deluge in western Tennessee in May 2010... full story »

Top Science News

One black hole or two? Dust clouds can explain puzzling features of active galactic nuclei
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), believe clouds of dust, rather than twin black holes, can explain the features found in active galactic nuclei (AGNs).... full story »

Measuring each point of a beam of light
If you want to get the greatest benefit from a beam of light-whether to detect a distant planet or to remedy an aberration in the human eye-you need to be able to measure it.... full story »

Success of blood test for autism affirmed
One year after researchers published their work on a physiological test for autism, a follow-up study confirms its exceptional success in assessing whether a child is on the autism spectrum.... full story »

Possible Subsurface Lake near Martian South Pole
A new paper published in Science this week suggests that liquid water may be sitting under a layer of ice at Mars' south pole.... full story »

Wireless Pressure-Sensing Eye Implant Could Help Prevent Blindness
Researchers at Caltech have developed an implantable pressure sensor that can reside in the human eye while wirelessly sending data about the eye's health to the medical professionals.... full story »

New photodetector could improve night vision, thermal sensing and medical imaging
Using graphene, engineers have invented a new type of photodetector that can work with more types of light than its current state-of-the-art counterparts.... full story »

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