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Sunday, November 9, 2014

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News

A/C came standard on armored dinosaur models

Posted: 08 Nov 2014 06:55 AM PST

A new study shows that armor-plated dinosaurs (ankylosaurs) had the capacity to modify the temperature of the air they breathed in an exceptional way: by using their long, winding nasal passages as heat transfer devices.

Time spent preparing meals at home linked to healthier diet

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 10:49 AM PST

Spending less than one hour a day preparing food at home is associated with eating more fast food and spending more money eating out, finds new research. Not having time available may be one of the most significant barriers to achieving a healthy diet.

Major initiative endorsed to protect Asia’s migratory mammals

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 10:16 AM PST

The Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species, at their 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Quito, Ecuador, agreed today to adopt a Central Asia Migratory Mammal Initiative to protect wildlife in the region from increasing development threats.

Satellite images shed light, or lack thereof, on the impact of the Syrian conflict

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 08:10 AM PST

An interesting new article hypothesizes that night-time light can be a useful source for monitoring humanitarian crises, such as that unfolding in Syria.

Mouse infestations cause more asthma symptoms than cockroach exposure

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 06:12 AM PST

Past research has been inconsistent in determining the relative effects of mouse droppings vs. cockroach exposure on asthma in children. According to a new study, mice infestation is a stronger predictor of asthma symptoms in young children than exposure to cockroaches.

2014’s infamous 'pollen vortex' didn't happen

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 06:12 AM PST

Last year's long, harsh winter was brutal, and caused some experts to predict the "polar vortex" would turn into the "pollen vortex," and make allergy sufferers more miserable than ever before. But the "pollen vortex" didn't happen – at least not everywhere.

Plants return to Earth after growing in space

Posted: 06 Nov 2014 01:51 PM PST

Researchers have just welcomed a truck carrying small containers holding more than 1,000 frozen plants that germinated and grew aboard the International Space Station.

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