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Humans may cause Next Disaster

The film Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink tells that what scientists have understood about two cataclysmic events that extinguished almost every plant and animal on earth and increasing concerns that humans might cause the next disaster.  The film's executive producer is evolutionary biologist Sean B Carroll and also runs a lab at UW-Madison. According to Carroll, as scientists came to know more about what it takes to turn the world's ecosystems topsy-turvy, particularly at the time of the dinosaurs calle

The film Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink tells that what scientists have understood about two cataclysmic events that extinguished almost every plant and animal on earth and increasing concerns that humans might cause the next disaster.

Paul Austin to be New Chief Ranger for Glacier National Park

Paul Austin to be New Chief Ranger for Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park in Montana has found its new chief ranger. According to reports confirmed by authorities, Paul Austin will be new chief ranger for the national park. Currently, Austin is working as chief ranger at Arizona's Saguaro National Park. He will begin his duties at Glacier National Park in mid-December.

New York State’s Ash Trees at Risk of getting Infested by Beetle

New York State’s Ash Trees at Risk of getting Infested by Beetle

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York state's ash trees are facing serious danger of being infested by a small green beetle, the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB).

The species is native to Asia and Russia and it first arrived in the US in 2002. Presently, it is found in 24 New York counties and the presence in Westchester and Broome counties was confirmed on November 3, five years after it first came in New York.

Climate Change Models underestimated Plants’ CO2 absorption level, says study

Climate Change Models underestimated Plants’ CO2 absorption level, says study

According to new research, the global climate models have largely underestimated the amount of CO2 that is being absorbed by plants.

In this new study, the scientists have revealed that between 1901 and 2010, living things absorbed 16% more of the gas than what has been previously thought of.

All the details related to this research have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Caveman Diet Comprised of Tiger Nuts: Study

Caveman Diet Comprised of Tiger Nuts: Study

An array of diets can be found on internet that claims to make people more powerful and healthier. One of such diets is caveman diet. This type of diet used to prevail in the Paleolithic period and generally comprised of nuts, berries and read meat.

But a novel research carried out by a group of researchers from Oxford University has revealed that reads meat was not part of the diet at that time. Some 2.4 million years ago, people survived on tiger nuts.

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Researchers Discover Fossilized Record of Reproduction

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Researchers have staggered across a 100-million-year old piece of amber. This may be the oldest proof of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant.

The fossilized evidence of reproduction was found by researchers from Oregon State University. A bunch of 18 tiny flowers is readily visible and are enclosed within amber surroundings. The 18 small flowers include the one that was in the process of manufacturing completely new seeds.

Genetic Defect Found in Rare Blue Petunias

Genetic Defect Found in Rare Blue Petunias

A research has been carried out by a group of researchers from the VU-University in Amsterdam. The study has been carried out on the rare blue petunia.

After carrying out the study, it has been revealed that it is due to the failure of a cellular pump that turns the petals colors to blue or violet. The failure of the cellular pump does not let all cell compartments present in the flower to properly acidify.

Is it true that Vegetation acts as ‘Carbon Sink’?

Is it true that Vegetation acts as ‘Carbon Sink’?

As per scientists, vegetation on Earth could become drenched with carbon by the end of this century and would not work as a brake on global warming.

A four degree increase in temperature, expected by 2010, marks the threshold point after which terrestrial trees and plants will be not be capable of soaking more carbon from the atmosphere.

The researchers warn that atmospheric carbon will start to increase more quickly that will speed up the change in climate.

Researchers Using Human Fertility Techniques to Conserve Corals

Researchers Using Human Fertility Techniques to Conserve Corals

Researchers said that spawning of corals on the Great Barrier Reefs is a big deal, as the whole of the Pacific Oceans turns out to be red. Researchers have captured the scene form the space and said that release of millions of sperms and eggs at the time of spawning turns Pacific to red.

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NASA Looking Forward to Plant Basil, Flowers and Turnips on the Moon by Late 2015

NASA Looking Forward to Plant Basil, Flowers and Turnips on the Moon by Late 2015

According to a latest report, NASA has recently revealed that it is planning a Lunar Plant Growth Habitat project, which targets to plant basil, flowers as well as turnips on the moon. According to sources, scientists at NASA are planning to commence this newly thought project by the end of the year 2015.

Neil Armstrong was the first man to land on the surface on the moon for the benefit of the entire mankind. And now, the U. S. space agency is looking forward go a step ahead of the previous one as it is stepping towards its latest Lunar Plant Growth Habitat project.

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