Author Archives: Stephanie Pappas

Earthquake Sounds Could Reveal How Quickly the Ocean Is Warming

A new way of measuring the temperature of the seas could fill in gaps left by limited direct monitoring

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"Ghost Gear" Haunts the Oceans in a Growing Threat

Tons of dumped nets and other fishing equipment are strangling animals and habitats

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Humans Contribute to Earth’s Wobble, Scientists Say

Droughts, melting ice and rising seas linked to anthropogenic climate change are altering the planet’s motions

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Enormous Iceberg Pirouettes after Splitting from Ice Shelf

The Delaware-size chunk of ice has been snagging on rises on the ocean floor

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How Fast Are Glaciers Melting? Just Listen to Them

Underwater microphones can glean valuable data from the burbles and pops of thawing glaciers and icebergs

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Taming the Mighty Mississippi May Have Caused Bigger Floods

Human meddling with the river is blamed for most of the rise in flood levels, but the role of climate remains unclear

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Northern White Rhinos Are about to Die Out–Should We Save Them?

Conservationists debate whether IVF efforts are the best use of limited resources

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A New Type of Tardigrade Just Turned Up in a Parking Lot

This micro-creature was found on a small piece of moss in Japan

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280-Million-Year-Old Fossil Forest Discovered in Antarctica

Newfound fossils reveal what forests might look like as they march northward in today’s warming world

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Dolphins’ Watertight Sex Involves a Strange Twist

Female marine mammals may block insemination with a curled vagina and slick maneuvers

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Purging the Myth of the Vomitorium

Ancient Romans used the word, but pop culture has the concept all wrong 

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"Zombie" Anthrax Goes on a Killing Spree in Siberia–How?

The bacteria that cause anthrax are capable of surviving in the soil for centuries

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South China Sea Blue Hole Could Be World’s Deepest

Dragon Hole, or Longdong, is reportedly more than 300 meters deep. If confirmed, that would be far deeper than the previous record holder, Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas

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Mysterious Purple Sea Orb Stymies Scientists

Researchers can only guess about the bumpy, colorful living ball found off California 

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Deadly Degrees: Why Heat Waves Kill So Quickly

Outdoorsy types and outdoor workers like roofers might suffer first, but it’s the elderly and the mentally ill who make up the majority of deaths

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The Science of Mass Shooters: What Drives a Person to Kill?

There is no template for the path to violence and rarely can a single cause explain any one atrocity

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