Environment

5:33am

Tue May 8, 2012
Environment

Thunderstorms And Climate Change: Seeking An Ozone Connection

Strong storms like this one in New Mexico can suck surface air containing pollutants high into the atmosphere.
Greg Lundeen NOAA/CreativeCommons

2:30pm

Mon May 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Scientists Estimate Dinosaurs Passed Enough Gas To Warm Up The Planet

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 3:16 pm

An artist's impression of a group of Yutyrannus. The 30-foot-long dinosaurs were covered with downy feathers — likely to keep the animals warm.
Dr. Brian Choo Nature

The early reporting of the story had a undeniably alluring narrative: Scientists say dinosaurs passed so much gas, they affected climate enough to cause their demise. That's how Fox News and the Daily Mail, one of the first to move the story, framed this latest research.

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2:23pm

Mon May 7, 2012
All Tech Considered

These Apps Are Going To The Birds, And People Who Watch Them

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 6:26 am

Cornell University's Andrew Farnsworth compiles data to forecast where birds are going and when they'll be there.
Margot Adler NPR

I'm standing in the Manhattan office of Andrew Farnsworth, a research associate at Cornell University's ornithology lab. Farnsworth is using meteorological data, radar data, crowd-sourced eBird data and acoustic data from the flight calls of migrating birds to predict where birds are going and when they'll be there.

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6:00am

Sun May 6, 2012
Environment

iSee Change: Spring Sprung a Tad Fast

Spring Blooms in Colorado
iiMull Flickr-Creative Commons

Springtime came a tad fast this year. As part of KVNF’s iSeeChange project Julia Kumari Drapkin has been talking to citizens and scientists about early blossoms across Colorado’s Western Slope.

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4:04am

Sun May 6, 2012
Animals

The Dinosaurs' Nemeses: Giant, Jurassic Fleas

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:38 am

An illustration of the Chinese Jurassic "pseudo-flea," which lived in the Middle Jurassic in northeastern China.
Wang Cheng Current Biology

Fossil-hunting scientists are coming to grips with a new discovery that could change forever how we think of dinosaurs. What they've found is that dinosaurs may well have been tortured by large, flealike bloodsucking insects.

Yes, it appears that the greatest predators that ever roamed Earth suffered just as we mammals did — and as we still do. Fleas were thought to have evolved along with mammals — they like our soft skins and a diet of warm blood.

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