• Heavy metal pollution from mining. (Credit: ONEArmenia)
    Groups hope to boost monitoring of Armenia’s heavy metal pollution

    Heavy metal mining is making parts of the Republic of Armenia uninhabitable due to acid drainage, metal contamination and particulate emissions. Mother Earth News reported that two organizations are working together to improve monitoring capabilities in the...

  • Leucistic bottlenose dolphin. (Credit: Jessica Aschettino/HDR Inc. under NMFS Permit 16239)
    Marine mammal monitoring reveals albino-like leucistic dolphin

    A U.S. Navy-sponsored marine mammal monitoring project has discovered a rare leucistic dolphin while attempting to get baseline information on a pod near Navy Station Norfolk, off the coast of Virginia. The bottlenose dolphin was an exciting,...

  • Ammonite of the genus "Hoploscaphites." (Credit: BetacommandBot via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0
    Study: Low oxygen levels slowed evolution

    A new study suggests that evolution was slowed due to low oxygen levels more than a billion years ago, according to a BBC news report. The idea has been around for years, and the researchers put it...

  • Researchers compared endemic eucalyptus with non-endemic species. (Credit: Joe Bailey)
    Saving endangered endemic species important for biodiversity

    A study led by ecologists at the University of Tennessee has found that saving endangered endemic species is more important to maintaining biodiversity than previously thought, according to a release from the school. Many of the species...

  • Researchers with the Deep Ice Sheet Coring Drill. (Credit: Jay Johnson)
    Wisconsin ice drilling program supports key research

    Scientists at the University of Wisconsin who manage ice drills were important to the success of project IceCube, according to a release from the school. The project set up a new particle detector stationed at the South...

  • The AirBeam. (Credit: HabitatMaps)
    Wearable air pollution monitor may help track street-level pollution

    Environmental nonprofit HabitatMaps reports that air pollution costs the U.S. $78 billion a year. To bring that figure down some, the company is working on wearable air pollution monitors for the masses, according to Grist. The devices,...

  • Sea lion. (Credit Kelly J. Kane via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0)
    Sea lions may have been first to spread tuberculosis internationally

    Sea lions have been found to be capable of transmitting tuberculosis to people, and may have been the first species to spread the disease internationally, according to a report from The Scientist. Anne Stone of Arizona State...

  • Ozone concentrations above Antarctica in late September 2014. (Credit: NASA)
    Size of Antarctic ozone hole changes little over 2013

    The size of the ozone hole resting over the Antarctic this year is about the same as it was last year, according to a release from NASA. The space agency reports that the size of the hole...

  • Scientists reconstruct audio from vibrating objects in video

    According to a report from The Scientist, MIT researchers led by William Freeman have used high-speed video to capture a surprising amount of information from the small movements made by ordinary objects when exposed to sounds. Not...

  • Oceans & Coasts News
    Federal agencies launch ocean biodiversity monitoring network

    Several federal agencies are joining up to launch an ocean biodiversity monitoring network, according to the Summit County Citizens Voice. The network will begin at four pilot sites sitting in different marine environments. Those include plots in...

  • Meteorites brought water to Earth earlier than thought

    A new study suggests that Earth’s water arrived much earlier than previously thought, according to a recent release from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Many scientists argue that Earth was dry at first and later gained water from...

  • Study shows blind cavefish can ‘count’

    Fish can detect numbers of objects, even when they can’t see, according to a report from The Scientist. Christian Agrillo of the University of Padova, Italy, showed that, despite its lack of vision, a blind Somali cavefish...

  • Scientists seeking out beneficial animal venoms

    Researchers have been monitoring animal venom in novel ways to find new drugs, according to a report from Chemical & Engineering News. Peptides found in venom have led to diverse drugs with beneficial uses, such as type...

  • Study pegs laundry water as flame retardant source

    A new study suggests washing machines may be a major source of flame retardants in the water supply, according to a report from Chemical & Engineering News. Researchers Erika D. Schreder of The Washington Toxics Coalition and...

  • Earth and Atmosphere News
    Wyoming scientists advise on better soil at gas drilling pad sites

    Scientists at the University of Wyoming studying soil disturbance due to natural gas installations in the state have found that excavating drilling pads often stirs more sodium into topsoil, according to a release. Researchers say the practice...