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Latest and Breaking Earth Science News

NASA's Terra satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Glenda stretching out
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite revealed that Tropical Cyclone Glenda was being stretched out by wind shear on Feb. 27.

Research of plain wren duets could help further understand fundamentals of conversation
(University of Miami) The new study shows that these songbirds achieve precise coordination by adjusting the period between two consecutive phrases (inter-phrase intervals), depending on whether their song is answered, the phrase type used in the duet and the position of the inter-phrase interval within the duet.

Mystery of the reverse-wired eyeball solved
(American Physical Society) Counter-intuitively, in vertebrates photoreceptors are located behind the neurons in the back of the eye. Now physicists explain why the neural wiring seems to be backwards.

Disease, evolution, drugs: Fruit fly research continues to teach us about human biology
(Genetics Society of America) Over 1,500 scientists from 30 countries and 46 states will attend next week's 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference organized by the Genetics Society of America (GSA) in Chicago. The conference will feature close to 1,000 presentations describing cutting-edge research on genetics, developmental biology, cancer, stem cells, neurology, epigenetics, genetic disease, aging, immunity, behavior, and drug discovery. It is the largest meeting worldwide that brings together researchers who use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to study biology.

How were fossil tracks made by Early Triassic swimming reptiles so well preserved?
(University of California - Riverside) That swim tracks made by tetrapods occur in high numbers in deposits from the Early Triassic is well known. What is less clear is why the tracks are so abundant and well preserved. Paleontologists at the University of California, Riverside have now determined that a unique combination of factors in Early Triassic delta systems resulted in the production and unusually widespread preservation of the swim tracks: delayed ecologic recovery, depositional environments, and tetrapod swimming behavior.

Cryptochrome protein helps birds navigate via magnetic field
(American Physical Society) Researchers have found one one possible explanation for some birds' ability to sense the earth's magnetic field and use it to orient themselves: a magnetically sensitive protein called cryptochrome that mediates circadian rhythms in plants and animals.

JRC Annual Report 2014 is now available
(European Commission Joint Research Centre) The Annual Report giving an overview of the JRC work in 2014 has been published. It provides highlights of research activities carried out over the year in support of the main EU policies. Topics include economic and monetary union; innovation, growth and jobs; digital agenda; energy and transport; environment and climate change; agriculture and global food security; security and disaster risk reduction; health and consumer protection and nuclear safety and security.

PNAS announces six 2014 Cozzarelli Prize recipients
(Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Editorial Board has selected six papers published by PNAS in 2014 to receive the Cozzarelli Prize.

The sun has more impact on the climate in cool periods
(Aarhus University) The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interaction that controls our climate. New research now shows that the impact of the Sun is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler.

Modern logging techniques benefit rainforest wildlife
(University of Kent) New research has highlighted the value of a modern logging technique for maintaining biodiversity in tropical forests that are used for timber production.

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