Stricter Regulations Imposed to Protect Whale Sharks from Commercial Tuna Fishing Methods
Jan 21, 2015 Two government-backed environmental organizations launched regulations aimed at protecting whale sharks from potentially dangerous methods used by commercial tuna fishing fleets. According Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the large marine animals oftentimes get caught in the nets of fishing boats operating in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Researchers Discover Marine Animals Prone to Developing Irregular Heartbeats That Could Lead to Heart Attacks
Jan 20, 2015 A recent scientific study revealed that marine mammals are prone to developing irregular heartbeats due to their movements underwater. The condition, known as cardiac arrhythmia, also occurs among humans. Although not fatal, it could lead to heart attacks for those who have weak health conditions.
Climate Experts Criticize Government Agencies’ Claim That 2014 was the Hottest Year
Jan 20, 2015 Recently, the government-funded scientific agencies the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that 2014 is the hottest recorded year. However, climate scientists slammed the two agencies and said the claim was greatly exaggerated.
Where Does the Smell of Rain Come From? Researchers Explain
Jan 19, 2015 Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were able to discover where the distinct smell of rain comes from. Using a high-speed camera, the research team was able to see how raindrops produce aerosols that give this natural phenomenon its unique aroma.
Ocean Levels Rising Faster Than Previously Thought
Jan 17, 2015 Scientists warned that the rate of global sea level rise has been overestimated. This means ocean levels are rising at a much faster rate over the past two decades compared to the previous predictions by scientific organizations.
Climate Change, Mass Extinctions are Danger Signs for Earth
Jan 16, 2015 Cases of mass extinctions of animals and plants and the ongoing effects of climate change indicate that humans have pushed Earth’s boundaries and have entered a danger zone, according to the findings of scientists. The recent study shows that four out of nine planetary boundaries have already been breached due to human activities. These boundaries indicate the planet’s safety limitations for human use.
Ebola Virus Outbreak in Liberia Could End in June, Says Scientists
Jan 16, 2015 Ecologists from the Pennsylvania State University and University of Georgia predict that the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia could end in June of this year. However, the experts warned that this could only happen if current preventive practices in the region are maintained.
Why Zebras Have Stripes? Scientists Offer Explanation
Jan 16, 2015 A new study claims that zebras developed stripes on their bodies as a way of coping with the climate conditions of their environment. According to biologist Brenda Larison of the University of California, Los Angeles, the general climate of a region is correlated to the number of stripes on a zebra.
Lava Flow in Hawaii Continues to Spread
Jan 16, 2015 The lava flow in Hawaii from the Kilauea Volcano’s eruption continues to move and could possibly enter a highway leading to Pahoa Village,. According to a recent update from the Hawaii County Civil Defense and U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the front end of the flow is within 75 yards of a drainage ditch.
Naps Improve Babies’ Memories, Learning Abilities
Jan 14, 2015 Researchers from Germany’s University of Sheffield and Ruhr University discovered how naps boost the cognitive abilities of babies. Based on the study, toddlers who take naps have better chances of learning new things than those who don’t.
Giant Squid, Whale Sharks Sizes Tend to Be Exaggerated
Jan 14, 2015 A recent study conducted by marine researchers revealed that people tend to exaggerate the actual sizes of some of the ocean’s largest animals. The researchers noted that the sizes of sharks, giant squids and whales reported through popular media outlets are larger compared to actual scientific data.
Scientists Uncover Contributor to Greenland Sea Level Rise
Jan 14, 2015 Scientists from the City College of New York and the University of California, Los Angeles, discovered that a secret network of rivers and streams in Greenland is contributing to the global rise in ocean levels. The scientists explained that these flowing bodies of water were formed by melting glaciers.
Climate Change Could Lead to Rise in Parasitic Infections
Jan 13, 2015 A study conducted on mollusk fossils revealed that a type of parasitic infection could spread among humans due to the effects of climate change. For their research, paleobiologists from the University of Missouri turned to the remains of mollusks that existed during the Holocene Epoch, a period which began almost 12,000 years ago.
Medical Experts Warn About Taking Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks, Stroke
Jan 13, 2015 Medical researchers are worried about the increasing number of people who turn to aspirin to prevent suffering from strokes and heart attacks. Although aspirin is commonly used to fight cardiovascular diseases, medical experts warned that some people are taking it inappropriately.
Biologists Delighted by Birth of Baby California Condor
Jan 13, 2015 Wildlife biologists believe the surprise birth of a baby California condor is a positive indicator regarding the survival of the endangered species. The young predatory bird was discovered in late December to the surprise of members of the Ventana Wildlife Society, an organization that oversees the conservation of condors in the wild.