Articles by Ben Wolford

Permian Earth
How Methane-Producing Microbes Caused The Largest Mass Extinction The World Has Ever Seen
Apr 01, 2014 15:51 PM E
A new theory attempts to explain what killed 90 percent of all life on Earth about 250 million years ago.
Wildfire
UN: Climate Change Will Cause Conflict, Disaster, And Extinction; But Decisive Action Can Reduce Risks
Mar 30, 2014 23:42 PM E
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a dire report on the state of global warming. Its effects have already been devastating, they said; it's best to start preparing for the worst.
Mollusk shell
See-Through Mollusk: Scientists Discover What Makes Transparent Capiz Shells So Durable
Mar 30, 2014 15:59 PM E
An Asian mollusk known as the windowpane oyster has a unique shell that's highly durable, yet almost completely clear. Scientists at MIT recently found out how that's possible.
Comet Siding Spring
Comet Closing In On Mars Will Avoid Collision, But NASA Still Worries About Its Satellites [VIDEO]
Mar 30, 2014 14:11 PM E
A comet called Siding Spring is on a course to swoop within 86,000 miles of Mars. While it will avoid collision, its tail of vapor and dust will likely pummel the planet at 126,000 mph.
Natural Gas
U.S. Methane Strategy To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets Oil And Gas Industry
Mar 29, 2014 17:38 PM E
The White House on Friday unveiled a new methane reduction strategy that targets four polluting industries: landfills, coal, agriculture, and oil and gas.
Human bones
Human Remains Found In Utah Backyard Belonged To 1,000-Year-Old American Indian
Mar 29, 2014 09:39 AM E
A man in Utah was digging a hole in his backyard for a pond when he found some buried bones. An investigation revealed them to be about 1,000 years old.
Philae
Spacecraft With Comet-Landing Destiny Wakes From Three-Year Hibernation
Mar 28, 2014 16:53 PM E
The first spacecraft ever to land on a comet is closing in on its target some 400 million miles from Earth. On Friday, after a three-year hibernation, the landing craft woke up to begin the final descent.
Autumn
Fall Foliage Delayed: Studies Link Late Autumn And Early Spring To Climate Change
Mar 28, 2014 13:21 PM E
Late autumn and early spring are one of the symptoms of climate change. A new study has used satellite images over 25 years to get one of the most comprehensive and accurate pictures of that change.
Yeast
Synthetic Chromosome: Major Step In Synthetic Biology As Live Yeast Artificially Created In A Lab
Mar 28, 2014 13:21 PM E
Scientists for the first time have inserted synthetic DNA into the nucleus of a cell. The subject, brewer's yeast, then passed the artificial chromosomes on to 125 generations of offspring.
Eris
Is A New Planet Lurking Beyond Pluto? Discovery Of Dwarf Raises Possibility
Mar 27, 2014 17:29 PM E
A new dwarf planet discovered out near Pluto has raised the possibility of massive planets, larger than the Earth, billions of miles from the sun.
Cell Phone Tower
Is Cell Phone Radiation A Threat? Recent Research Says Yes... And No
Mar 27, 2014 17:28 PM E
Academic health research over the last few years has tried to definitely prove or discredit the idea that cells phones and base station towers make people sick. The jury is out, but the threat seem negligible.
Pipeline
In Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Methane, Environmentalists Want More Checks On Oil And Gas Industry
Mar 27, 2014 12:42 PM E
The White House will soon unveil a new strategy for reducing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. The Environmental Defense Fund is calling for both incentives and regulations for the oil and gas industry.
Pine Island Glacier
Glaciers Melting Faster In West Antarctica Now Than 40 Years Ago: Study
Mar 27, 2014 09:58 AM E
The rate of glacial melt is increasing among six of the fastest-fraying Antarctic ice sheets, according to a study out this month.
Goats
Animal Intelligence: Why Scientists Tested The Cognitive Power Of Goats
Mar 26, 2014 15:18 PM E
How smart are goats? Pretty smart, according to a new study that tested a group of them 10 months after learning a simple task. The goats still remembered how to do it.
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