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Antarctic Fossils Reveal the Continent's Lush Past
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Antarctica, a land of near-lunar desolation and conditions so bleak few plants or animals dare stay, was once covered with a blanket of lush greenery.
The conception of the ice-coated continent as a forested Eden emerged in the early 1900s when Robert Falcon Scott, a British explorer, found plant fossils during an expedition to the South Pole. Now, researchers working in the Trans-Antarctic mountains, where they may be the first to tread for hundreds of millions of years, are digging deep blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
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Organic Farming Could Feed the World, But...
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The United Nations estimates the global population will reach more than 9 billion by 2050, and, by some estimates, agricultural output will have to increase by 50 percent to feed all of those mouths. So is it possible to do it organically?
Modern farming methods focus on maximizing crop yields with the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, which put off a surplus of nitrogen that turns into greenhouse gases or finds it's way into waterways. Advances in industrial farming methods ar blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
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Citizen Science + Science Centers
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UNESCO
November 10th is World Science Day, presented by UNESCO, AND Science Museum Day, presented by the International Science Center.
To celebrate, SciStarter's editors have selected six citizen science projects organized by science centers. You can do several of these from the comfort of home.
Thank you for making the world a better place.
Peace,
The SciStarter Team
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27 Ways to Die In A Heatwave
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If you want to teach your children the alphabet while mildly traumatizing them at the same time, look no further than "The Gashlycrumb Tinies." In alphabetical order, and with a jaunty rhyme scheme, 26 children meet fates both gruesome and preposterous. In the future, though, as climate change warms the planet beyond our comfort zone in many regions, the book could be rewritten by adding some heat.
There are 27 ways that a heat wave can kill you, say researchers from the University of Haw blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
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Spooktacular Citizen Science
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Shaker Village
Treat yourself with citizen science this Halloween. Take a stroll through a pumpkin patch to look for insects or spend a night under the stars watching bats. Staying indoors? Map craters on the moon for NASA!
Grab a few sweets from the candy dish and scroll through our editor's picks below. You're sure to find a project to enjoy. And that's no trick!
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team
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An Autumn Bounty of Citizen Science
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Season Spotter
Birds and monarchs are migrating and leaves are changing color. Unfortunately, hurricanes are forming and flu season is here too. Fall is in full swing!
This autumn, be a part of documenting the changes in your neighborhood. We've rounded up citizen science projects perfect for the season.
Find more citizen science projects on SciStarter's Project Finder.
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team
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How Volcanoes Starved Ancient Egypt
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Ancient Egypt was the most powerful civilization in the world for a time. The monuments built by laborers to honor pharaohs stand to this day, testament to the vast resources at their command.
But the architectural excess hid a crippling weakness. Egypt sits in the middle of a vast desert. To support a population that numbered in the millions, large-scale agriculture was vital, and for that you need water, and therefore, the Nile. The river was so important to the Egyptians that they stil blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
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Coal Almost Turned Earth into a Giant Ball of Ice
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Coal, it's the sooty fossil fuel that's heated our homes and generated electricity for centuries, but millions of years ago its formation could've frozen the planet.
Coal deposits formed from dead trees and plants roughly 300 million years ago during the late Carboniferous and early Permian periods. During that timeframe, Earth was largely a hot, sticky planet covered in swampy jungles. Levels of CO2 reached 1,000 ppm, which is more than twice the levels they are today. But as the climate blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
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Dirty Birds Are Refining Climate Models
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Enterprising researchers working at the Field Museum in Chicago dusted off a collection of Horned Larks to get a better look at the dirt trapped in their wings.
That's because these birds, some more than a century in age, together form a unique, physical record of industrial-era air pollution. Using soot that billowed from smokestacks and onto feathers during the factory boom, two University of Chicago graduate students updated estimates of atmospheric soot levels in the early 20th centur blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
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What's in your water?
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World Water Monitoring
Our dependency on clean water is something we all have in common.
In celebration of the Clean Water Act's 45th anniversary (October 18), we've selected six citizen science opportunities to monitor the vitality of water near you.
Find more citizen science projects on SciStarter's Project Finder.
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team
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