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Why we're happier when we're older

It seems that the more candles you blow out on your cake, the happier your life can be. It’s known as the paradox of aging — so many things supposedly worsen with age, yet older people often have a better…

Throwing More Cold Water On An Alarmist Ocean-Warming Paper

It’s the usual story. It’s the beginning of the year and the statistics of the previous year are hurriedly collected to tell the story of the ongoing climate crisis. First off, we have the oceans which, according to some, are…

Study traces evolution of acoustic communication

(University of Arizona) A study tracing acoustic communication across the tree of life of land-living vertebrates reveals that the ability to vocalize goes back hundreds of millions of years, is associated with a nocturnal lifestyle and has remained stable. Surprisingly, acoustic communication does not seem to drive the formation of new species across vertebrates.

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Discovery reveals how remora fishes know when to hitch a ride aboard their hosts

Researchers have detailed the discovery of a tactile-sensory system stowed within the suction disc of remora, believed to enable the fish to acutely sense contact pressure with host surfaces and gauge ocean forces in order to determine when to initiate their attachment, as well as adjust their hold on hosts while traversing long distances.

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Water governance: Could less sometimes be more?

(Université de Genève) Does the never-ending introduction of new regulations of environmental resources have a positive effect? Researchers (UNIGE/UNIL) analysed water governance regulations in six European countries from 1750 to 2006 and show that rules designed to improve resource management come into conflict in the long run, creating an equal number of positive and negative effects until the system falls apart. At this point, the only way out is for the state to overhaul governance.

Water governance: Could less sometimes be more?

(Université de Genève) Does the never-ending introduction of new regulations of environmental resources have a positive effect? Researchers (UNIGE/UNIL) analysed water governance regulations in six European countries from 1750 to 2006 and show that rules designed to improve resource management come into conflict in the long run, creating an equal number of positive and negative effects until the system falls apart. At this point, the only way out is for the state to overhaul governance.

Jaguars could prevent a not-so-great American biotic exchange

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) In eastern Panama, canid species from North and South America are occurring together for the first time. Urban and agricultural development and deforestation along the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor might be generating a new passageway for these invasive species adapted to human disturbance.

There Is No Safe Global Warming – Gizmodo

Photo: Getty Safety is something we all crave. It’s human nature. And so perhaps it’s not surprising that we’ve spent the past decade or so outlining what a “safe” level of global warming is. Language reflecting the conception of “safe”…

How Billionaires Steyer and Bloomberg Corrupted Climate Science

This is a story of American democracy. In one sense, it’s a noble story. People with shared values have come together to petition the government and the public on their political aims, just as envisioned by James Madison in Federalist…

2019: Another Tough Year For The ‘Experts’

Woodrow Wilson was the President who began the transformation of the U.S. federal government into a collection of huge bureaucracies staffed by supposedly neutral and apolitical “experts” who could run things so much better than us ordinary humans could. Hundred-plus…