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Some seafloor microbes can take the heat: And here’s what they eat

(Marine Biological Laboratory) In two new studies on life in the seafloor of the Guaymas Basin, in the Gulf of California, Marine Biological Laboratory scientist Emil Ruff and collaborators show that distinct regions within the Basin harbor specially adapted microorganisms; discover new microbial inhabitants of this deep-sea community; and suggest how the community may be dramatically influencing carbon cycling in the hot seafloor sediments.

Crustal block tectonics offer clues to Venus’ geology, study finds

(Baylor University) New analysis of Venus’ surface shows evidence of tectonic motion in the form of crustal blocks that have jostled against each other like broken chunks of pack ice. Published in the PNAS, the study — which includes contributions by Baylor University planetary physicist Peter James, Ph.D. — found that the movement of these blocks could indicate that Venus is still geologically active and give scientists insight into both exoplanet tectonics and the earliest tectonic activity on Earth.

New analysis discusses role of managed retreat as a climate change response

(University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science) MIAMI–In a new analysis on managed retreat–the climate adaptation response of moving people and property out of harm’s way–researchers explore what it would take for managed retreat to be supportive of people and their priorities. A key starting point is considering retreat alongside other responses like coastal armoring and not just as an option of last resort.

Rutgers Falsely Claims Sea-Level Rise Is Accelerating On East Coast

A recent Rutgers University press release says the rate of sea-level rise in the 20th century along much of the U.S. Atlantic coast was the fastest in 2,000 years, with southern New Jersey recording the fastest rate of rise. Real-world data…

Flying Squirrel as Big As a Cat Discovered in Himalayas, ‘One of the least known mammals on Earth’

The world is growing smaller all the time as mass communication and transit links the continents in a web of social media and overnight layovers. Yet even with all this globalization, there are still natural secrets to uncover for those willing to look. Incredibly, a species of gliding squirrel (Eupetaurus cinereus) that was last seen […]

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Warming Trends: Heating Up the Summer Olympics, Seeing Earth in 3-D and Methane Emissions From ‘Tree Farts’ – InsideClimate News

SCIENCE Don’t Forget to Count ‘Tree Farts’ Greenhouse gas emissions from forests of dead trees—also known as “tree farts”—should be considered when calculating emissions from these forests, a new study has found. Stands of dead trees in coastal wetlands called…

Reef-building corals and the microscopic algae within their cells evolve together

(Penn State) The microscopic algae that live inside and provide nutrients to their reef-building coral hosts may be evolving in tandem with the corals they inhabit. A new study by Penn State biologists reveals that genetic differences within a species of these microalgal symbionts correspond to the coral species they inhabit, a discovery that could have implications for the conservation of these endangered corals.