Temperature changes make it easier for malaria to climb the Ethiopian highlands

The highlands of Ethiopia are home to the majority of the country’s population, the cooler climate serving as a natural buffer against malaria transmission. New data now show that increasing temperatures over the past 35 years are eroding this buffer, allowing conditions more favorable for malaria to begin climbing into highland areas.

Linking Managed and Natural Ecosystems Through Evapotranspiration and NASA’s Upcoming ECOSTRESS Mission

NASA DEVELOP team uses NASA Earth observations to map winter cover crop conservation performance in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to improve agricultural management strategies.

Geology, biology agree on Pangaea supercontinent breakup dates

Independent estimates from geology and biology agree on the timing of the breakup of the Pangaea supercontinent into today’s continents, scientists have found.

How can humans and elephants better coexist?

The human-elephant conflict plays a huge role in the rapid decline elephant numbers. A panel of experts share ideas on how to mitigate this problem

Update on Biological Control of Carrizo Cane in the Rio Grande Basin of Texas and Mexico

The use of insects as biological control against carrizo cane has reduced the invasive weed’s dominance in the Rio Grande Basin.

Sea Ice as a Way of Life

Hunters in the Belcher Islands keep a close eye on changing sea ice.

Data and Knowledge Preservation

Invasive species data and knowledge preservation is vital for future research, and collection methods impact data quality.

Alligator’s bellow communicates size

American alligators produce loud, very low-pitched vocalizations called “bellows”.

Farming Correlates to Larger Seed Size

Fields of corn. Credit: Monsanto

The beginnings of agriculture changed human history and has fascinated scientists for centuries.

Social ties help animals live longer

Large families and strong social ties help animals live longer, new research suggests.

Picky fruit-eating birds are more flexible

South American birds that are seasonally specialized on particular fruit types are the most flexible in switching to different fruit types in other seasons, researchers have found.

Bacteria living in marine sponge produce toxic compounds found in man-made products

Researchers have discovered for the first time that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds nearly identical to man-made fire retardants, a finding that could help scientists better understand the human health implications of these common additives.