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Civil engineer leads $3M project to study eroding Alaskan coastline

(Penn State) The Arctic sea is consuming Alaska’s coastline. Since 1955, the rising water has eroded more than 300 meters of permafrost — the frozen soil that helps protect the Arctic’s delicately balanced ecosystem. It also serves as the foundation upon which hundreds of villages and thousands of people exist.

Bizarre autumn snowstorm blasts western U.S.

[embedded content] We’re only a few days into autumn and several feet of snow have fallen in the northern Rockies and across western parts of the U.S., including Montana, Washington and Oregon. In Montana, where some areas received as much…

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What wolves’ broken teeth reveal about their lives

An evolutionary biologist has spent more than three decades studying the skulls of many species of large carnivores — including wolves, lions and tigers — that lived from 50,000 years ago to the present. She reports today the answer to a puzzling question.

Climate change expected to accelerate spread of sometimes-fatal fungal infection

(American Geophysical Union) Valley fever is endemic to hot and dry regions like the southwestern United States and California’s San Joaquin Valley, but a new study predicts climate change will cause the fungal infection’s range to more than double in size this century, reaching previously unaffected areas across the western U.S.

Did underground explosions create Titan’s lakes?

The lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan are filled with liquid methane, not water, and some are surrounded by steep rims. A new study suggests these features might have been caused by explosions of warming nitrogen, which created Titan’s lake basins long ago.