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Researchers Study How Forests Are Changing in Response to Global Warming – Noozhawk

Warm sunshine streams through the canopies of two blue oaks in central California. (Anna Trugman) As the climate is changing, so too are the world’s forests. From the misty redwoods in the west to the Blue Ridge forest of Appalachia,…

How to explore national parks with virtual tours

“The mountains are calling and I must go,” conservationist John Muir famously wrote in 1873. Many people can relate to feeling beckoned by nature, although for various reasons we can’t always heed the call as quickly as we’d like. Fortunately,…

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Reanalysis of global amphibian crisis study finds important flaws

Last year in the journal Science, a research review concluded that the chytrid fungus caused the decline of at least 501 amphibian species, of which 90 have gone extinct. A team has reanalyzed a study, finding that the paper’s main conclusions lack evidence and are unreproducible. The authors argue that transparent data collection and analysis are crucial — both for science and conservation efforts.

17 Things A Tesla Model Y Owner Learned In 12 Hours

Tesla's 1 Millionth Vehicle -- Model YHere are 17 things a Tesla Model Y owner learned in the past 12 hours, presented by Torque News’ Armen Hareyan. Hareyan shares the story of a user named Silversmith from Utah who recently joined Tesla Owners Club and is the new owner of a Tesla Model Y. 

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Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered

A new study documented the earliest known interbreeding event between ancient human populations — a group known as the ‘super-archaics’ in Eurasia interbred with a Neanderthal-Denisovan ancestor about 700,000 years ago. The event was between two populations more distantly related than any other recorded. The authors proposed a revised timeline for human migration out of Africa and into Eurasia. The method for analyzing ancient DNA provides a new way to look farther back into the human lineage.

The 'most famous bike trail in the world' may be leased to oil companies

For decades, Utah’s Sand Flats — and specifically, the Slickrock Trail — has been a place where people spend their energy in the best possible way. The trail itself — a 10.5-mile meander through petrified sand dunes on an ancient…

Why the mountain pika is an adorable proxy for the effects of climate change

Although you might think they look like a rounder, tailless rat or short-necked squirrel, mountain pikas aren’t rodents at all. They’re actually related to rabbits. They make a cute squeaking sound to communicate with one another and they move fast…