This Robot Is Delivering Coral Babies to the Great Barrier Reef

By Marlene Cimons The climate is changing faster than many species can adapt, so scientists are trying to speed up evolution by fostering the spread of creatures who can take the heat. Think of it as natural selection with a little boost from humans—or, in some cases, robots. To that end, Australian scientists Peter Harrison … Read moreThis Robot Is Delivering Coral Babies to the Great Barrier Reef

Advocates Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Tell the Truth About Climate Change

This post was originally published on this site By Jeremy Deaton It has been a tough few months for climate change. In October, an international body of climate scientists declared humans have a little more than a decade to make the drastic changes needed to keep rising temperatures reasonably in check. In November, federal scientists … Read moreAdvocates Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Tell the Truth About Climate Change

Allergen Alert: Ragweed Is Spreading to New Regions

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Cristina Stinson never had an allergic reaction to ragweed until after she started working with it. “I think the repeated exposure to the pollen is what did it,” she said. It also didn’t help that her community is chock-full of it. “There is plenty … Read moreAllergen Alert: Ragweed Is Spreading to New Regions

The Seafloor Is Disappearing

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Much of the deep sea has never been explored close-up by humans. Some submarines have plumbed its depths, but reaching the ocean bottom is a complicated and expensive journey, challenging because the seabed lies under more than three miles of water, which exerts huge … Read moreThe Seafloor Is Disappearing

Watch: How to Dance Like a Glacier

By Jeremy Deaton Eighteenth century French choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre once wrote, “A fine picture is but the image of nature; a finished ballet is nature herself.” Noverre was arguing for the immediacy of dance. Twenty-first century American choreographer Diana Movius took his words literally. In GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet, Movius depicts the slow melt … Read moreWatch: How to Dance Like a Glacier

Scientists Study Ice Shelf by Listening to Its Changing Sounds

By Marlene Cimons Researchers monitoring vibrations from Antarctica‘s Ross Ice Shelf were flabbergasted not long ago to hear something unexpected—the ice was “singing” to them. “We were stunned by a rich variety of time-varying tones that make up this newly described sort of signal,” said Rick Aster, professor of geosciences at Colorado State University, one … Read moreScientists Study Ice Shelf by Listening to Its Changing Sounds