Study identifies the first potentially invasive species to reach the Antarctica on drifting marine algae
Marine Ecology

Study identifies the first potentially invasive species to reach the Antarctica on drifting marine algae

The new article describes for the first time the arrival of organisms towards Antarctic latitudes through floating macroalgae. Credit: British Antarctic Survey, BAS Drifting algae in the Austral Ocean can bring invasive species to the Antarctic coasts, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. The new study describes the first scientific evidence…

New study estimates the global extent of river ice loss as Earth warms
Nature & Science

New study estimates the global extent of river ice loss as Earth warms

Ice cover on the Yukon River approaching its confluence with the Tanana River in Alaska. Credit: Landsat imagery/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and U.S. Geological Survey More than half of Earth’s rivers freeze over every year. These frozen rivers support important transportation networks for communities and industries located at high latitudes. Ice cover also regulates…

Yale study shows same-sex sexual behavior provides species-wide benefits
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Yale study shows same-sex sexual behavior provides species-wide benefits

A team of researchers from the Yale school of Forestry and Environmental Studies recently published research indicating scientists have been looking at ‘same-sex sexual behavior‘ (SSB) all wrong. Rather than being anomalous or abnormal, the researchers suggest that SSB is intrinsic to evolution and that ‘different-sex sexual behavior‘ (DSB) shouldn’t be considered a baseline for…

New Study Challenges One Of Darwin’s Major Theories Surrounding The Beginning Of Life On Earth
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New Study Challenges One Of Darwin’s Major Theories Surrounding The Beginning Of Life On Earth

A new study challenges one of the key theories surrounding the origin of life on Earth first put forward by Charles Darwin. He suggested life first arose in shallow pools of water. However, researchers at University College London successfully created protocells in hot, alkaline seawater similar to the marine environments found near deep-sea hydrothermal vent…

DNA study sheds new light on the people of the Neolithic Battle Axe Culture
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DNA study sheds new light on the people of the Neolithic Battle Axe Culture

Credit: Uppsala University In an interdisciplinary study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, an international research team has combined archaeological, genetic and stable isotope data to understand the demographic processes associated with the iconic Battle Axe Culture and its introduction in Scandinavia. In 1953, a significant burial site belonging to the Battle Axe…

Study captures six galaxies undergoing sudden, dramatic transitions
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Study captures six galaxies undergoing sudden, dramatic transitions

A new study led by University of Maryland astronomers documented six sleepy, low-ionization nuclear emission-line region galaxies (LINERs; left) suddenly transforming into blazing quasars (right), home to the brightest of all active galactic nuclei. The researchers suggest they have discovered an entirely new type of black hole activity at the centers of these six LINER…