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Supervolcanoes in the Ancient World

Supervolcanoes are volcanic eruptions thousands of times more powerful than normal volcanic eruptions. These types of eruptions cause significant local ecological disturbances and have profound effects on global climate...

April 17, 2013 — Cadell Last

New Skin-Feeding Amphibian Found in French Guiana

A new species of skin-feeding amphibian has been discovered in French Guiana. Named Microcaecilia dermatophaga , it joins just three other caecilian species whose young have been observed to regularly feed on their mother's skin.Amphibians can be pretty good parents, committing themselves to various guarding, transporting and feeding behaviours to foster their offspring...

April 17, 2013 — Becky Crew

The Limits of the Earth, Part 1: Problems

This is part one of a two-part series on the limits of human economic growth on planet Earth. Part one details some of the environmental and natural resource challenges we’re up against...

April 17, 2013 — Ramez Naam

The Mosaic of Human Origins

New research challenges the story of human evolution, revealing a more complex picture than anyone imagined.Studying the bones of our ancestors does more than connect past with present...

April 17, 2013 — Eric Michael Johnson

The Power Is in the Data - reports reveal the status of global clean-energy transition

As any analyst will tell you, the power is in the data. To know where we are going, we first must know where we are. But, setting global energy baselines is anything but easy.Today, at the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in New Delhi, the International Energy Agency released two reports – “Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013” and the “Global EV Outlook.” The latter includes landmark trending data for the global electric vehicle (EV) market, which was then used to determine the overall trajectory of a global clean-energy transition...

April 17, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott

Get Your Beauty (and Slimness) Sleep

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jackie_Martinez_in_B%26W_sleeping_with_a_book.jpg  A new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that lack of sufficient sleep for several sequential nights leads to weight gain...

April 16, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

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