Using fluorescent lights, Kerry Sieh and Charles Rubin of the Earth Observatory of Singapore look for charcoal and shells for radiocarbon dating. Credit: Earth Observatory of Singapore An international team of scientists digging in a sea cave in Indonesia has discovered the world’s most pristine record of tsunamis, a 5,000-year-old sedimentary snapshot that reveals for

The tubeworm species Escarpia laminata. Credit: Image courtesy of the Chemo III project, BOEM and NOAA OER Large tubeworms living in the cold depths of the Gulf of Mexico may be among the longest living animals in the world. This is revealed in a study in Springer’s journal The Science of Nature. According to lead

Arrival of a density current made visible by the soil particles it lifts as it progresses, in Hombori, Mali. This phenomenon, which is of a convective nature, is known as a haboob. Photograph taken during the AMMA (African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis) campaign. Credit: © Françoise GUICHARD/Laurent KERGOAT/CNRS Photothèque So much dust is scattered across the

This is a damselfish of the Chromis species. Credit: Jacob Johansen/Univ. of Texas at Austin Just as one too many cocktails can lead a person to make bad choices, a few drops of oil can cause coral reef fish to make poor decisions, according to a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. A team

Our brain is especially good at perceiving lines and contours even if they do not actually exist, such as the blue triangle in the foreground of this optical illusion. The pattern of neuronal connections in the brain supports this ability. Credit: University of Basel, Biozentrum The research team of Prof. Sonja Hofer at the Biozentrum,

Bang! A new moon crater appeared between Oct. 25, 2012, and April 21, 2013. At 12 meters (40 feet) wide, the crater is not hard to spot in the image, but the starburst pattern of ejected debris is elusive to trace. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University The Moon’s surface is being “gardened” — churned by small

TWEAK regulates inflammation in atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Left: Normal skin. Middle: Skin inflammation in atopic dermatitis. Right: Blocking TWEAK reduces skin inflammation in atopic dermatitis. Credit: Courtesy of Dr. Daniel Sidler, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology Superficially, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis may appear similar but their commonalities are only skin deep. Atopic

Generosity makes people happier, even if they are only a little generous, suggests new research. Credit: © MG / Fotolia Generosity makes people happier, even if they are only a little generous. People who act solely out of self-interest are less happy. Merely promising to be more generous is enough to trigger a change in

Model of an island volcano. During the last transition to glacial conditions the decreasing pressure at the seafloor could have induced increased lava- and carbon dioxide emissions. Credit: Jörg Hasenclever Climate evolution shows some regularities, which can be traced throughout long periods of earth’s history. One of them is that the global average temperature and

The key to the willow warblers’ differing migration patterns probably lies in their genes. Credit: Max Lundberg The genetic make-up of a willow warbler determines where it will migrate when winter comes. Studies of willow warblers in Sweden, Finland and the Baltic States show that “migration genes” differ — depending on where the birds breed

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