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The surprising ecology of dust (2)

Scientists are unraveling the links between wild weather and climate change. On the other side of the world, weather patterns in some regions have shifted in a different way. Rainfall in the Sahara has increased because of warmer ocean temperatures,… read more

The Surprising Ecology of Dust (1)

High in the snowfields atop the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, things are not as pristine as they used to be. Dust from the desert Southwest is sailing into the Rockies in increasing quantities and settling onto the snow that covers… read more

Crime-Scene Technique Used to Track Turtles

Scientists have used satellite tracking and a crime-scene technique to discover an important feeding ground for green turtles in the Mediterranean. University of Exeter researchers measured “stable isotope ratios” – a chemical signature also used by forensic scientists – to… read more

More Milkweeds Throughout the Landscape Can Help M..

Adding milkweeds and other native flowering plants into midwestern agricultural lands is key to restoring monarch butterflies, with people sooweing milkweed everywhere they can being critically needed for success. In a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the University… read more

‘This is very alarming!’: Flying insects vanis..

Not long ago, a lengthy drive on a hot day wouldn’t be complete without scraping bug guts off a windshield. But splattered insects have gone the way of the Chevy Nova — you just don’t see them on the road… read more