SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT

Fluctuating Environment May Have Driven Human Evolution

Fluctuating Environment May Have Driven Human Evolution

A series of rapid environmental changes in East Africa roughly 2 million years ago may be responsible for driving human evolution, according to researchers at Penn State and Rutgers University. “The landscape early humans were inhabiting transitioned rapidly back and forth between a closed woodland and an open grassland about…

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Amazon Deforestation Brings Loss of Microbial Communities

Amazon Deforestation Brings Loss of Microbial Communities

An international team of microbiologists led by Klaus Nüsslein of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found that a troubling net loss in diversity among the microbial organisms responsible for a functioning ecosystem is accompanying deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Nüsslein, an expert in tropical rain forest microbial soil communities,…

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NASA says the world won’t end in December

NASA says the world won’t end in December

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve heard the rumor that existence as we know it will come to an end in less than three weeks. So says those who ascribe to the “Mayans predicted the end of the world” theory, which states that…

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Lighter-than-air craft rises again

Lighter-than-air craft rises again

If you like the idea of cruising on a ship in laid-back luxury, but prefer the speed and convenience of air travel, there may soon be a solution. Drawing their inspiration from the airships of yesteryear, a new generation of airship-like vehicles could soon be making their way across our…

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