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  • When Nature vents her wrath on grapes

    When Nature vents her wrath on grapes

    Via Times Live : Making wine is a tough job in most places, what with frost, hail, drought and bushfires to contend with. But nowhere is the task bigger than in Argentina’s Mendoza region, where vintners duel “the whole gamut of natural hazards” — not least frequent earthquakes, according to research […]

  • Giant virus discovery sparks debate over tree of life

    Giant virus discovery sparks debate over tree of life

    via Nature : The Klosneuviruses contradict the theory that viruses make up a distinct domain of life, but not everyone is convinced. Evolutionary biologists have never known what to make of viruses, arguing over their origins for decades. But a newly discovered group of giant viruses, called Klosneuviruses, could be a […]

  • Ocean oxygen levels drop 2% in 50 years, Nature study finds

    Ocean oxygen levels drop 2% in 50 years, Nature study finds

    Via WTAE : The ocean’s worldwide oxygen content declined by more than 2% Climate change is extending far beyond the threat of melting polar ice caps — it’s putting a dangerous stranglehold on life in oceans, too. A new study published in the science journal Nature Wednesday found that the ocean’s […]

  • Climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem

    Climate change threatens our most fragile ecosystem

    Via The Guardian : An Arctic voyage through the awe-inspiring Northwest Passage shows that, with oil drilling in the far north on the way, rapid action is needed to protect the region The Northwest Passage is not an obvious choice for a holiday cruise. It is, after all, one of the […]

  • Why Does Rain Smell Good?

    Why Does Rain Smell Good?

    Via Live Science : Do you love the good smell of rain? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, some scientists believe that people inherited their affection for the scent of rain from ancestors who relied on rainy weather for their survival. But what makes rain smell so nice? There are […]

  • 3 photosynthesis hacks to feed the planet

    3 photosynthesis hacks to feed the planet

    Via Futurity : In order to feed a growing world population—a predicted 10.5 billion by 2050—plant scientists are looking for ways to get past shrinking arable land and stagnating crop productivity. The last time population outran agricultural productivity, we were rescued by the Green Revolution, an increase in the harvest index […]

  • What your taste in music says about you

    What your taste in music says about you

    Via The New Daily : What your taste in music says about you Your taste in music is linked to how outgoing, generous, creative or hard-working you are. Find out where you fit. The type of tunes you choose to listen to can say a lot about your personality, how you […]

  • Polar Bears Now Eat Dolphins, Thanks to Global Warming

    Polar Bears Now Eat Dolphins, Thanks to Global Warming

    Via Live Science : Faced with a rapidly changing habitat, polar bears are adapting with a new entrée: For the first time, a polar bear was seen preying on a white-beaked dolphin carcass that had been trapped in the ice in Svalbard, a group of Norwegian islands in the Arctic Ocean. […]