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Is Urbanization Causing Spiders To Get Bigger & Birds To Get Bolder? Research Exposes Rapid Evolution Caused By Human Changes To The Environment

It’s been noted for a number of years now that urbanization has an effect on various animal and plant species — driving changes in various qualities or traits.

Dance Of The Planets Friday February 20, 2015 — Venus, Mars, Uranus, & The Moon Conjunct Tonight

The Dance of the Planets is here yet again, with a conjunction of the planets Venus, Mars, Uranus, and the crescent Moon, all visible together tonight in the evening sky.

Packagers Certified for Forest Diligence, But How About Waste?

Some good news for the world’s forests: assurance that along the entire supply chain, products from Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging company, support forest management with environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable practices.

Where Would We Be Without Mangroves? (VIDEO)

We took up some basics about mangrove forests in a previous article, including how widespread and productive these ecosystems can be.

Plants Much Less Affected By Mass Extinctions Than Animals, Research Finds

Plants are apparently affected far less by mass extinctions than animals are, according to new research from the University of Gothenberg.

8 Million Metric Tons Of Plastic Go Into The Oceans Every Year, Research Finds

An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the oceans every year, according to new research from the University of Georgia and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

Milk Thistle Extract Fights Cushing Disease Brain Tumor, Research Finds

Milk thistle extract (silbinin) works effectively to alleviate symptoms of Cushing Disease (caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland in the brain), according to new comprehensive research from the Max Planck Institute.

Major Global Coral Reef Bleaching Events Predicted For 2015

Warm ocean temperatures in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans could be bringing major coral bleaching events to reefs around the world in 2015, according to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) latest forecast.

GMO Apple Approved In US — “Arctic” Apple Approved For Use As Human Food

GMO apples are now coming to America, thanks to a recent decision by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

World’s Most Powerful Particle Collider to Restart in March 2015 – What Can We Expect?

The world’s most powerful particle accelerator — the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — is scheduled to restart in March of 2015, after a two year hiatus for repairs and upgrades (and data analysis).

This Organization Trains Students To Provide Free Energy Audits for Small Businesses

Originally published on Ecopreneurist. One way for small businesses to green up their operations can be through choosing a renewable energy source, whether it’s a rooftop solar installation or the purchase of clean energy through their local utility.

Antibiotics Do More Than Just Kill Bacteria, They Kill Intestinal Cells & Change Behavior Of Mitochondria, Amongst Other Things, Research Finds

While it’s long been known that antibiotic use can cause problems for patients owing to the killing off of beneficial microbes throughout the body, notable further effects on human health have otherwise been sparsely recorded by the health/science establishment.

Shark Poaching Boat Sunk By Indonesian Government

A large Vietnamese ship containing two tons of drying shark fins or more was sunk by the Indonesian government.

Beyond SETI – Time to Start Calling The Cosmos?

Most every one has heard of SETI — the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence — and most also know that, so far, the scientists that operate the powerful telescopes and computers that analyze potential signals from civilizations beyond Earth have come up empty-handed — with the possible exception of the so-called ‘Wow!

Critically Endangered & Elusive Saharan Cheetah Glimpsed In New Images

One of the rarest animals in the world, the critically endangered and elusive Saharan Cheetah, was recently caught on film by a camera trap in Ahaggar Cultural Park, Algeria.

Worst Drought In 1000 Years Coming To US Southwest & Great Plains

Like many who live in the US Southwest, I’ve made my peace with the seemingly ever-present drought conditions here, and it’s somewhat like a sick joke to imagine that these desert lands could be any more arid, but if the predictions from a newly released study prove out, it could get a whole lot drier Worst Drought In 1000 Years Coming To US Southwest & Great Plains was originally posted on: PlanetSave.

Significant News From Jordan’s Rooftop Solar Sector

PV solar installations are steadily proliferating in Jordan, with the residential and commercial rooftop sectors expecting to see a significant rise in 2015.

Costa Rican Coral Snake Venom Finally Gives Up It’s Secrets (At Least Some Of Them Anyways)

The Costa Rican coral snake has finally given up some the secrets behind the lethality of its venom, — after more than a decade of research — thanks to new work from an international group of scientists.

Rooftop Solar Is Now Cheaper Than The Grid In 42 Of Top 50 US Cities

Originally published on Cost of Solar. It wasn’t that long ago that the dream of affordable home solar electricity was really just more for the upper class, and for the ultra-technical and early adopters.

New York Bans Fracking due to Public Health Risks

[Originally published on] New York State voters approve of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, by a margin of 55 to 25 percent.