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NASA administrator says China is failing to meet 'responsible standards' for space debris, after parts of an uncontrolled rocket landed in the Indian Ocean

Former Senator Bill Nelson. NASA/Bill Ingalls NASA's Bill Nelson on Sunday said China hadn't met "responsible standards" for uncontrolled debris. Debris from a Chinese rocket landed in the Indian Ocean on Sunday. Space agencies and private companies need to "act responsibly and transparently," he said. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson on Sunday said China was "failing to meet responsible standards" for its space debris."Spacefaring na...
Tags: Space, Science, News, China, Africa, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Rockets, North America, Nelson, Indian Ocean, Foreign Ministry, Bill Nelson, Maldives China, Wang Wenbin

The ants, bees and wasps of Canada, Alaska and Greenland - a checklist of 9250 species

A series of distributional lists is being published for a group of organisms that, despite its size and diversity, is still poorly known: the insect order Hymenoptera, which includes ants, bees and wasps. The surveyed area spreads across Canada, Alaska and Greenland. When complete, this will be the largest species checklist for northern North America. The checklists are being published as a topical collection of eleven papers in the open-access, peer-reviewed Journal of Hymenoptera Research.
Tags: Science, Greenland, North America, Canada Alaska

Bees thrive where it's hot and dry: A unique biodiversity hotspot located in North America

Rarely has the United States-Mexico border become the source of positive news of lately. However, a new study, published in the Journal of Hymenoptera Research, demonstrates it's in fact one of the world's top biodiversity hotspots for bees. A multi-year survey led by Robert Minckley of the University of Rochester found more than 470 bee species in 16km2 of Chihuahuan Desert, equivalent to 14% of all known bee species from the United States.
Tags: Science, North America, United States Mexico, University of Rochester, Journal of Hymenoptera Research, Chihuahuan Desert, Robert Minckley

New GSA Bulletin articles published ahead of print in April

The Geological Society of America regularly publishes articles online ahead of print. For April, GSA Bulletin topics include multiple articles about the dynamics of China and Tibet; the Bell River hypothesis that proposes that an ancestral, transcontinental river occupied much of northern North America during the Cenozoic Era; new findings in the climatic history during one of Earth's coldest periods: The Late Paleozoic Ice Age; and the age an nature of the Chicxulub impact crater.
Tags: Science, Tibet, China, North America, Geological Society of America, Bell River

200-year old poop shows rural elites in New England had parasitic infections

In the early 19th century in North America, parasitic infections were quite common in urban areas due in part to population growth and urbanization. Prior research has found that poor sanitation, unsanitary privy (outhouse) conditions, and increased contact with domestic animals, contributed to the prevalence of parasitic disease in urban areas. A new study examining fecal samples from a privy on Dartmouth's campus illustrates how rural wealthy elites in New England also had intestinal parasitic...
Tags: Science, Dartmouth, North America, New England

Newly identified saber-toothed cat is one of largest in history

A giant saber-toothed cat lived in North America between 5 million and 9 million years ago, weighing up to 900 pounds and hunting prey that likely weighed 1,000 to 2,000 pounds, scientists reported today in a new study.
Tags: Science, North America

Was North America populated by 'stepping stone' migration across Bering Sea?

A new study from the University of Kansas just published in the open-access journal Comptes Rendus Geoscience, may answer "one of the greatest mysteries of our time . . . when humans made the first bold journey to the Americas."
Tags: Science, North America, University of Kansas, Bering Sea, Comptes Rendus Geoscience

Cave deposits reveal Pleistocene permafrost thaw, absent predicted levels of CO2 release

Expanding the study of prehistoric permafrost thawing to North America, researchers found evidence in mineral deposits from caves in Canada that permafrost thawing took place as recently as 400,000 years ago, in temperatures not much warmer than today. But they did not find evidence the thawing caused the release of predicted levels of carbon dioxide stored in the frozen terrain.
Tags: Science, Canada, North America

Spring forest flowers likely key to bumble bee survival, Illinois study finds

For more than a decade, ecologists have been warning of a downward trend in bumble bee populations across North America, with habitat destruction a primary culprit in those losses. While efforts to preserve wild bees in the Midwest often focus on restoring native flowers to prairies, a new Illinois-based study finds evidence of a steady decline in the availability of springtime flowers in wooded landscapes.
Tags: Science, North America, Illinois, Midwest

New duckbilled dinosaur discovered in Japan

An international team of paleontologists has identified a new genus and species of hadrosaur or duck-billed dinosaur, Yamatosaurus izanagii, on one of Japan's southern islands.The fossilized discovery yields new information about hadrosaur migration, suggesting that the herbivors migrated from Asia to North America instead of vice versa. The discovery also illustrates an evolutionary step as the giant creatures evolved from walking upright to walking on all fours.
Tags: Asia, Japan, Science, North America

A tiny, invasive bug and the climate crisis are changing how guitars are made, and shifting the course of music history

Fender; Marianne Ayala/Insider Swamp ash is a wood prized by guitar makers and musicians for its light weight and resonant sound. But flooding, and a tiny bug, threaten the wood and the sound that is synonymous with rock music. Fender is phasing out ash after 70 years of use, and ash trees could soon disappear altogether. See more stories on Insider's business page. In 1970, when Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page recorded the iconic solo on "Stairway to Heaven," he was playing a 1959 Fend...
Tags: Music, Florida, Texas, Science, Mississippi, Entertainment, Climate Change, China, Trees, US, America, Trends, Jimi Hendrix, Canada, United States, Portland

This year's first supermoon, the 'Pink Moon,' will rise on Monday. Here's how to spot the rare event.

A supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument on June 23, 2013. NASA/Bill Ingalls The first supermoon of 2021 is happening late Monday night. April's full moon is named the "Pink Moon," and will be among the brightest and biggest of the year. Supermoons are full moons that happen when the moon's orbit brings it closest to Earth. See more stories on Insider's business page. The first supermoon of the year will happen Monday, appearing up to 30% brighter and 14% bigger than a ...
Tags: Space, Science, News, New York City, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon, North America, Orbit, Eastern US, Kansas City Missouri, Tacoma Washington, Charlie Riedel, Washington Monument, Supermoon

Scientists probe mysterious melting of Earth's crust in western North America

An unusual belt of igneous rocks stretches for over 2,000 miles from British Columbia, Canada, to Sonora, Mexico, running through Idaho, Montana, Nevada, southeast California and Arizona.
Tags: Science, California, North America, British Columbia Canada, Sonora Mexico, Idaho Montana Nevada

Was Cascadia's 1700 earthquake part of a sequence of earthquakes?

The famous 1700 Cascadia earthquake that altered the coastline of western North America and sent a tsunami across the Pacific Ocean to Japan may have been one of a sequence of earthquakes, according to new research presented at the Seismological Society of America (SSA)'s 2021 Annual Meeting.
Tags: Japan, Science, North America, Pacific Ocean, Seismological Society of America SSA, Cascadia

A whopping 2.5 billion fully grown T. rexes walked the Earth in the course of the species' existence, paleontologists found

A T. rex depicted in the 1993 film "Jurassic Park." Universal Pictures The Tyrannosaurus rex was around for 2.5 million years before the dinosaurs went extinct. A new study suggests that a total of 2.5 billion adult T. rexes lived and died during that period. Paleontologists arrived at the figure by calculating the T. rex life span and population density. See more stories on Insider's business page. An adult Tyrannosaurus rex required a lot of space - and the prey therein - to survive....
Tags: Science, News, Indonesia, California, New York City, San Francisco, Trends, Earth, Washington Dc, Manhattan, Dinosaurs, University Of California Berkeley, North America, Berkeley, Fossils, Tyrannosaurus rex

Distinct Species of Adorable Weasels Have Been Hiding in Plain Sight

Arguably the cutest member of the weasel family, ermines can be found throughout the northern regions of North America and Eurasia. A closer look at ermines suggests these creatures really represent three distinct species, in a discovery with ecological implications.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, North America, Mammals, Eurasia, Haida Gwaii, Mink, Organisms, Weasels, Stoat, Mammals Of Asia, M Haidarum, Mammals Of New Zealand, Fauna Of Italy, Jocelyn Colella

Bringing KAIZEN to kid healthcare

Researchers reveal through a systematic review of 158 articles detailing quality improvements in pediatric intensive care units mainly throughout North America and the U.K. that despite having a median score of 11.0 on the Quality Improvement Minimum Quality Criteria Set, only 17% of them were considered high quality by achieving a 14-16 score, and only 5% cited Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) guidelines for reporting quality improvement works.
Tags: Science, North America, Improvement Reporting Excellence SQUIRE

North American deserts are a biodiversity hotspot for butterflies

By comparing the genetic diversity of butterflies in North America, researchers reporting in the journal iScience on March 23 found that the array of different evolutionary distinct groups of butterflies is particularly high in the deserts of Mexico and the southwestern United States. This may be an outcome of actively changing conditions in the Desert Southwest and more generally in the western portion of the continent.
Tags: Science, Mexico, United States, North America, Desert Southwest

Shell middens rewrite history of submerged coastal landscapes in North America & Europe

The excavation of shell middens off two sites in the Gulf of Mexico and Northern Europe dating back to when the seabed was dry land thousands of years ago, reveal how they can offer new ground-breaking insights into the hidden history of submerged landscapes.
Tags: Europe, Science, North America, Gulf of Mexico, Northern Europe

Mystery unsolved: ghost ships circling off California

'Circle spoofing' is an as-yet unexplained version of GPS interference.It shows ships moving in virtual circles while they're somewhere else.Is this the cheaper, off the shelf version of a well-known cyberweapon? Impossible journey On June 5, 2019, the Nigerian crew boat Princess Janice made an impossible journey. Instead of ferrying crews to and from oil rigs in the Gulf of Guinea, it was somehow transported thousands of miles to the Pacific coast of northern California, just off Point Reyes....
Tags: Utah, Maps, England, Science, Technology, Putin, Navy, California, China, Russia, US, San Francisco, Iran, Afghanistan, Washington Dc, Innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic has turbo-charged the surge in fentanyl overdoses sweeping the western states, as drug experts warn of a crisis within a crisis

A drug user lies on the sidewalk in San Francisco, California on April 26, 2018. Ben Margot/AP Photos Drug overdose deaths hit record levels last year with more than 81,000 fatalities, according to the CDC. Fentanyl, involved in most of the deaths, is now sweeping the western US with a 98% rise in 10 states. The synthetic opioid is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more than heroin. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. US drug overdose deaths hit record le...
Tags: Science, Congress, Colorado, Cdc, US, Trends, Canada, Healthcare, News UK, Vancouver, Npr, West Coast, North America, Ama, Mdma, Rick Bowmer

Daylight-saving time starts on Sunday. Some US senators are trying to get rid of the clock-change ritual.

Joanna Lin Su/ Insider Daylight-saving time starts on Sunday, March 14 at 2 a.m. Clocks will move forward one hour. A group of US senators reintroduced a bill that would make the time change permanent. Research suggests there's an uptick in car accidents and heart attacks when clocks change. See more stories on Insider's business page. Democrat and Republican senators don't often agree, but they seem to share a similar dislike of changing clocks.On Sunday at 2:00 a.m., most cl...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Science, News, Congress, California, Senate, Germany, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Hawaii, Arizona, Marco Rubio

Climate change damaging North America's largest temperate rainforest, harming salmon

New research released in Bioscience found that a remote region of North America's largest temperate rainforest is experiencing changes to its ecosystem due to climate change.
Tags: Science, North America

An Ancient Dog Bone Could Be Evidence of the Route Humans Took to North America

A fragment of 10,000-year-old dog bone found along the Alaskan coast could be the oldest evidence of domesticated dogs in North America, and potential evidence of a coastal route taken by the first people to cross into North America from Eurasia.Read more...
Tags: Science, Dogs, Environment, Dog Breeds, North America, Charlotte Lindqvist, Sled Dog, Domesticated Animals, Native American Dogs, Coastal Migration, Sled Dog Breeds, Last Glacial Maximum, Carolina Dog, Settlement Of The Americas, Eurasia Read

Climate impacts drive east-west divide in forest seed production

Younger, smaller trees that comprise much of North America's eastern forests have increased their seed production under climate change. But older, larger trees that dominate western forests have been less responsive, a Duke-led study warns. This continental divide could limit western forests' ability to regenerate following large-scale diebacks linked to rising temperatures and intensifying droughts. Over time this might dramatically alter the composition and structure of 21st century North Amer...
Tags: Science, North America, Duke

Study: Effects of past ice ages more widespread than previously thought

A study by University of Arkansas researchers suggests that cold temperatures in unglaciated North America during the last ice age shaped past and modern landscape as far south as Texas and Arkansas.
Tags: Texas, Science, North America, University of Arkansas

The black-footed ferret was believed extinct until 18 were discovered on a Wyoming ranch. Now scientists have cloned one using 33-year-old DNA.

Elizabeth Ann, the first ever cloned US endangered species at 50 days old. USFWS National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center Elizabeth Ann was born using the frozen cells of a black-footed ferret called Willa that died in 1988. She will be raised in the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in Colorado. The species was considered extinct until seven were found in 1981. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Scientists successfully cloned a black-footed ferr...
Tags: Science, News, Colorado, Dna, US, Trends, Wyoming, News UK, Cloning, North America, Ferret, Wildlife Service USFWS, Willa, USFWS, Ryan Phelan, Association of Zoos

Neanderthals died out after Earth's magnetic poles flipped, causing a climate crisis 42,000 years ago, a study says

An exhibit shows a Neanderthal family at the Neanderthal Museum in Krapina, Croatia, in February 2010. Reuters/Nikola Solic Earth's magnetic poles flipped 42,000 years ago, which may have triggered a global climate crisis, a new study found. The resulting changes in temperatures and radiation levels may have killed off many large mammals. The event may have ultimately contributed to the extinction of Neanderthals. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Earth saw a lot of ...
Tags: Europe, Science, London, News, Climate Change, Australia, Russia, Southeast Asia, Trends, Spain, History, Earth, The Guardian, North, Npr, University of Florida

Meet the First Endangered Animal to Be Cloned in North America

Elizabeth Ann is the first clone of a black-footed ferret, but more importantly, she’s the first endangered species to be cloned in the United States. Her birth represents an important milestone in the ongoing effort to increase the genetic diversity of this threatened species.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Zoos, Environment, United States, Zoology, Cloning, North America, Ferret, Cryobiology, Conservation Biology, Human Interest, Elizabeth Ann, Weasels, Frozen Zoo, Branches Of Biology

From mammoth teeth, scientists just pulled DNA that's more than 1 million years old - the oldest DNA ever found

An illustration of steppe mammoths, ancestors of woolly mammoths, based on newly sequenced DNA from teeth found in Siberia. Beth Zaiken/Centre for Palaeogenetics Scientists sequenced DNA from three ancient mammoth teeth found in Siberia. Some of the DNA was more than 1 million years old, making it the oldest DNA ever recovered. Genetics reveal these mammoths to be ancestors of both woolly mammoths and the mammoths that later occupied North America. Visit the Business section of Insider for...
Tags: Science, News, Sweden, Dna, Trends, Genetics, Anthropology, Siberia, North America, Fossils, University Of Illinois, Wrangel Island, Urbana Champaign, Roca, Stockholm University, Sher

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