Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole
Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole
Brood X’s emergence tunnels—numbering in the hundreds per square meter of soil—give researchers a special opportunity to study how such extreme soil aeration affects the ecosystem.
Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole
Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole

Brood X’s emergence tunnels—numbering in the hundreds per square meter of soil—give researchers a special opportunity to study how such extreme soil aeration affects the ecosystem.

Brood X’s emergence tunnels—numbering in the hundreds per square meter of soil—give researchers a special opportunity to study how such extreme soil aeration affects the ecosystem.

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New Models Improve Long-Term Grass Pollen Forecasts
New Models Improve Long-Term Grass Pollen Forecasts
Asher Jones | Mar 26, 2021
More-accurate predictions of the severity of an upcoming grass pollen season based on rainfall and temperature could help allergy sufferers manage their symptoms.
COVID-19 Lockdowns Will Have Negligible Effect on Climate Change
COVID-19 Lockdowns Will Have Negligible Effect on Climate Change
Amanda Heidt | Aug 7, 2020
A new study finds reductions in greenhouse gases are insufficient to substantially slow warming, and the authors argue that to continue the benefits of reduced emissions, policymakers will need to adopt green economic recovery strategies.
Lab-Evolved <em>E. coli</em> Consume Carbon Dioxide
Lab-Evolved E. coli Consume Carbon Dioxide
Emily Makowski | Nov 27, 2019
Bacteria that take in inorganic carbon could have applications in sustainable biofuels.
Image of the Day: Changing Forests
Image of the Day: Changing Forests
Emily Makowski | Nov 27, 2019
Carbon dioxide and temperature need to increase in a constant ratio for plants to keep up with climate change.
Atmospheric CO<sub>2</sub> Levels Reached Another High in 2018
Atmospheric CO2 Levels Reached Another High in 2018
Shawna Williams | Nov 26, 2019
The concentration of the greenhouse gas is now one-and-a-half times what it was before the Industrial Revolution, the World Meteorological Association says.
Image of the Day: Bubbling Plants
Image of the Day: Bubbling Plants
Emily Makowski | Nov 18, 2019
Plants use two different strategies to photosynthesize underwater.
Warming Permafrost Morphs Microbes into Greenhouse Gas Emitters
Warming Permafrost Morphs Microbes into Greenhouse Gas Emitters
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2019
Insulating tundra soil with snow increased the abundance of microbial species involved in carbon dioxide and methane release.
Clouds and Rain Carry a Menagerie of Photosynthetic Microbes
Clouds and Rain Carry a Menagerie of Photosynthetic Microbes
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 24, 2019
Microbiologists identify diatoms, algae, and cyanobacteria species from samples above a mountaintop in France.
Diverse Forests Are Better at Accumulating Carbon
Diverse Forests Are Better at Accumulating Carbon
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2018
A higher species richness could boost plant communities’ ability to mitigate climate change, a study suggests.
Study Fingers Bitcoin as Major Climate Change Culprit
Study Fingers Bitcoin as Major Climate Change Culprit
Shawna Williams | Oct 29, 2018
Researchers predict that activity around the digital currency could single-handedly push warming above 2 °C within 30 years, but other experts say the conclusion is flawed.
Sinking Carbon
Sinking Carbon
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018
With samples taken from the crust of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, researchers have discovered where some of the oceans’ dissolved organic carbon winds up.
Climate Change Will Force Hundreds of Marine Species to Move
Climate Change Will Force Hundreds of Marine Species to Move
Catherine Offord | May 16, 2018
A study of 686 fish and invertebrates predicts that some animals will have to shift more than 1,000 kilometers to stay within tolerable temperatures.
Image of the Day: Coral on Acid
Image of the Day: Coral on Acid
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 16, 2018
Researchers exposed a coral reef to carbonated water to study the effects of ocean acidification.
Global Forest Estimate Rises 9 Percent
Global Forest Estimate Rises 9 Percent
Aggie Mika | May 15, 2017
Dryland biomes are covered in at least 40 percent more forest than previously estimated.
Plant Biologist Killed in Ethiopian Protest
Plant Biologist Killed in Ethiopian Protest
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2016
Stone throwers hit the car Sharon Gray was riding in while visiting the country for a meeting.
Adapting to Elevated CO<sub>2</sub>
Adapting to Elevated CO2
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Sep 1, 2015
High carbon dioxide levels can irreversibly rev up a cyanobacterium’s ability to fix nitrogen over the long term, a study finds.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 28, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Northern Exposure
Northern Exposure
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2014
Researchers are using snowdrifts to artificially warm Arctic tundra during winter and finding that more carbon is released from the soil than plants can soak up from the atmosphere.
Can CO2 Help Grow Rainforests?
Can CO2 Help Grow Rainforests?
Edyta Zielinska | Apr 24, 2013
Researchers in the Amazon are measuring how much carbon dioxide fertilizes the rainforest.