Day: August 27, 2019

How to Survive a Hurricane as a Spider: Be Aggressive

Climate|How to Survive a Hurricane as a Spider: Be AggressiveAug. 19, 2019ImageAn Anelosimus studiosus spider in the Everglades.CreditJudy Gallagher/Wikimedia CommonsTo the list of things we’ve learned to fear from hurricanes — high winds, storm surge, floating islands of fire ants — a new study in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution suggests that we should…

Conservation or construction? Deciding waterbird hotspots

Imagine your favorite beach filled with thousands of ducks and gulls. Now envision coming back a week later and finding condos being constructed on that spot. This many ducks in one place surely should indicate this spot is exceptionally good for birds and must be protected from development, right? It depends, say Michigan State University…

Macron plays down Trump absence at G7 climate talks

BIARRITZ, France/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations on Monday offered $20 million of emergency aid to help battle wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, a gesture Brazil slammed as colonialist. Despite record wildfires in the Amazon and President Jair Bolsonaro previously saying his government lacked the money to fight the…

NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock Mission Begins

Engineers working on the clockPhoto: General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems NASA’s atomic-clock-in-space officially began its year-long mission on Friday, according to a NASA release.The “toaster-sized” device launched back in June aboard a commercial satellite. Ultimately, a deep-space atomic clock would allow NASA to pilot its spacecraft more efficiently with better accuracy. The goal of this mission…