Author Archives: Annie Sneed

The Most Vulnerable Ransomware Targets Are the Institutions We Rely On Most

Many vital public institutions such as hospitals and fire stations lack cybersecurity to ward off popular malware

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How Herbivore Herds Might Help Permafrost

Introducing herds of large herbivores in the Arctic would disturb surface snow, allowing cold air to reach the ground and keep the permafrost frosty.

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Snapping Shrimp Make More Noise in Warmer Oceans

As oceans heat up, the ubiquitous noise of snapping shrimp should increase, posing issues for other species and human seagoing ventures.

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Bacteria Helped Plants Evolve to Live on Land

Soil bacteria may have taken residence in early algae species, gifting the algae with the ability to withstand drier conditions on land. Annie Sneed reports.

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You Contain Multitudes of Microplastics

People appear to consume between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles annually, and that’s probably a gross underestimate.

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You Contain Multitudes of Microplastics

People appear to consume between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles annually, and that’s probably a gross underestimate.

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Honeybees Can Put Two and Two Together

The tiny brain of a honeybee is apparently able to calculate small numbers’ addition and subtraction. Annie Sneed reports.

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Cod Could Cope with Constrained Climate Change

Cod egg survival stays high with limited warming, but plummets when the temperature rises a few degrees Celsius in their current spawning grounds.

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As Spring Arrives Earlier, Arctic Geese Speed Up Their Migration

The birds are arriving in the Arctic up to 13 days earlier than they used to. But at a cost: hunger. Annie Sneed reports. 

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To Evolve Baleen, Lose Your Teeth First

Whale ancestors probably never had teeth and baleen at the same time, and only developed baleen after trying toothlessness and sucking in prey.

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Will Dimming the Sun Cool the Planet and Help Crops?

Solar geoengineering would ease heat stress, but also block vital sunlight for plants

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Honey Bee Alarm Signal Could Protect Elephants

Chemicals designed to simulate honeybee alarm pheromones could deter elephants from farmers’ crops, easing conflicts with humans. Annie Sneed reports.

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Astronomy Tool Helps ID Sharks

Shark researchers used a system for recognizing patterns in star field photographs to identify whale sharks, which have individual spot patterns.

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Humans Are Driving Other Mammals to Become More Nocturnal

The shift could change which prey animals hunt or make it harder to find food

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Scent of Death: Honeybees Use Odors to Clean Out Deceased Broods

Understanding this mechanism could help scientists breed healthier colonies

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The Arctic Permafrost Holds a Crazy Amount of Mercury–and That’s Bad News

A new study on the Northern Hemisphere’s mercury has troubling implications for wildlife and human health

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Wait–the Ozone Layer Is Still Declining?

The lower stratosphere’s ozone continues to decrease, despite the world’s success in phasing out ozone-depleting chemicals

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Wait–the Ozone Layer Is Still Declining?

The lower stratosphere’s ozone continues to decrease, despite the world’s success in phasing out ozone-depleting chemicals

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Ask the Experts: Does Rising CO2 Benefit Plants?

Climate change’s negative effects on plants will likely outweigh any gains from elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels

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Glow Sticks Help Ecologists Study Amphibians

Ecologists needed a way to more easily keep track of populations of amphibians, and green glow sticks lit the way.

 

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What Is This "Bomb Cyclone" Threatening the U.S.?

A sharp kink in the jet stream is driving the storm’s strong winds and precipitation

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New Airplane Design Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The craft could save up to 66 percent in fuel and fly by 2035

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How DNA Could Unlock the Mysteries of Melting Glaciers and Ice Sheets

Researchers have created tiny DNA-filled capsules that can track where and how water flows when ice thaws

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Get Ready for More Volcanic Eruptions as the Planet Warms

A new study shows that even relatively small-scale climatic changes affect volcanic activity

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Major Report: Some Extreme Weather Can Only Be Blamed on Humans

A high-profile science panel finds several severe events in 2016 could not have naturally occurred

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Conservative Hunters and Fishers May Help Determine the Fate of National Monuments

Sporting groups have entered the political fray in the monuments debate

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Think Hurricane Harvey’s Flooding Was Bad? Just Wait until 2100

Storms with much greater rainfall are predicted to hit North America by century’s end

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Feathers Help This Bird Sound the Alarm

The crested pigeon, found in Australia, has a modified wing feather that helps produce an alarm signal sound to warn other birds when there’s trouble.

 

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New Weapons in Humanity’s War on Mosquitoes

Chemical innovations lure in and kill the disease-carrying insects

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Scientists Unearth Revealing Details about the World’s Biggest Mud Volcano

Its destructive eruptions may help researchers better understand mass extinctions

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